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Schedule of District Meetings in December

Please be advised that a number of monthly district union meetings have been cancelled in December due to their proximity to Christmas.

The following monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December:

  • Belleville
  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Ottawa
  • North Bay
  • Barrie
  • Sarnia

The following monthly district meetings are still scheduled in December:

  • Timmins – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., 54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins
  • Oshawa – Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa
  • Thunder Bay – Thursday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101, Thunder Bay
  • St. Catharines – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines
  • Windsor – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 3383 Walker Rd., Windsor
  • Sault Ste. Marie – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Cambridge – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 100 Sheldon Dr., Unit 10, Cambridge
  • Sudbury – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m., 430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury
  • Toronto – Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2245 Speers Rd., Oakville
 

Defence Assessments Due for 2018

Please be reminded that defence assessment payments for 2018 are due by the end of 2017 for Local 793 members.

The annual assessment is $30.

Members can make payments in several ways. For example:

  • Members can pay business representatives.
  • Members can make payments in person at head office or any district office. Payments must be made by credit card, debit or cheque. Offices do not accept cash.
  • Members can login to the members section of the union website by clicking here and make a payment.
  • Members can mail payments to head office at 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, Ont., L6L 6X8.

When mailing a payment, please ensure it is marked on the envelope as a “Defence Assessment Payment.” The cheque should be made payable to IUOE Local 793.

The fund provides money for the “defence of actions commenced in labour disputes against the local, its officers or members,” according to the bylaws.

The fund is administered by a committee comprised of the business manager, president, recording-corresponding secretary, one other officer selected by the executive board, and five other members who represent different regions of the province as determined by the executive board.

Money in the fund is used to help defray costs incurred by the union as a result of a labour dispute, including strikes or lockouts, and any legal and other fees and expenses incurred in the defence of interests of Local 793.

The account of the defence fund is audited annually by a chartered accountant.

If you have any questions, please call the dues department at head office at 905-469-9299.

 
 
 

Local 793 Participates in Santa Claus Parade

Local 793 members and their families participated in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

The union was a gold sponsor of the event and had a float in the parade.

Theme of the parade was A Canadian Christmas through the Decades. Local 793 chose to mark Christmas in the 70s.

There was a slight drizzle of rain in the air, but the parade route was lined with thousands of children and parents.

Many of the participants in the Local 793 contingent were dressed as toys from the 70s.

The parade wound its way through the downtown area.

Children rode on the float.

 
 
 
 

Local 793 and Aecon Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has received assurances from Aecon Group Inc. that the company’s practices with respect to the bargaining rights of the union will not be adversely impacted by its pending acquisition by CCCC International (CCCCI) Holding Ltd. of China.

Gallagher met with Aecon president and CEO John Beck on Nov. 13 and signed a Memorandum of Agreement that confirmed that collective agreements will be honoured and the relationship between the union and company will not change as a result of the sale.

“Aecon is an iconic Canadian construction company that is one of our largest employers,” Gallagher said. “Nearly 600 of our members are employed by the company and we were concerned as to how the acquisition would affect our members and relationship with Aecon.

“We have a long-standing and successful relationship with Aecon and I wanted to ensure that it continued going forward. I am pleased to report that this Memorandum of Understanding has been signed as it confirms our commitment to continue working together.”

Gallagher had been concerned about issues such as job security for Local 793 members and the hiring of Indigenous and northern peoples for projects in their communities. He wanted assurances that bargaining rights of Local 793 would not be affected, and a commitment to ensuring that programs to bring in foreign workers are not used if the sale is approved.

On Nov. 6, he met in Ottawa with a senior policy advisor from Industry Canada. The Nov. 13 meeting with Aecon CEO Beck was arranged to bring the union’s concerns to the table. Beck also signed a similar MOU the same day with IUOE Canadian director Lionel Railton.

Aecon, a Toronto-based publicly traded company, announced in August it was seeking a buyer so it could compete for larger projects. On Oct. 26, engineering and construction giant CCCCI said it had agreed to pay $20.37 per Aecon share to buy the company for $1.19 billion.

The company will continue to be headquartered in Canada.

The MOU with Local 793 lays out nine specific commitments by Aecon and the union.

For starters, the parties confirmed a mutual commitment to work together to achieve and maintain the high Canadian standards of corporate governance currently adhered to by Aecon.

The company also confirmed that its current treatment of, and practices with respect to, the bargaining rights of Local 793 will not be adversely impacted by the acquisition.

In the MOU, the parties also stated they mutually recognize the importance of continuity in both management and production workforces and the value of the retention of Aecon’s Canada-based employees.

Aecon also stated it remains committed to its established practice of working with and hiring Indigenous and northern peoples for projects in their communities, its participation in the Helmets to Hardhats program, and working with Local 793 on them and other similar employment initiatives.

The MOU also states that Aecon recognizes the job security interests of Local 793 and that the union will continue to supply Aecon with qualified Operating Engineers. In doing so, the company and union agreed to “work together to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the intra-company transfer program of the federal government are not utilized following the acquisition in a way at odds with the union security provisions of the collective agreements to which each employer is bound, or otherwise decreases the level of job security held by members of Local 793.”

Aecon also confirmed its core value commitment to a safety-first culture and continuing its historic embrace of Ontario-specific health and safety laws and regulations, including those pertaining to training and licensing requirements.

Meanwhile, Aecon agreed that, following the acquisition, it will keep Local 793 informed of major decisions in respect of future growth so the parties can promote positive outcomes while avoiding the potential of future conflict.

Both Aecon and the union agreed that the terms of the MOU be incorporated into the applicable collective agreements between each employer and Local 793, and that the contents of the MOU would not be used to create or expand the bargaining rights of Local 793 with any Aecon affiliates or subsidiary or between the employers.

It is important to note that the MOU does not prevent Local 793 from bringing related or successor employer actions against Aecon.

A number of regulatory approvals must be met before the takeover goes through. The offer requires government and regulatory approvals under the Investment Canada Act.

 
 
 

2017 Jack Redshaw Scholarship Winners Announced

Winners of the 2017 Jack Redshaw Scholarship Fund awards have been announced.

There were 10 winners this year. Each received a scholarship of $5,000.

The winners are:

  • Megan Cadieux
  • Sara Corvinelli
  • Rebecca DaSilva
  • Darrell Hill
  • Carmen Lalonde
  • Matthew Millar
  • Daniele Mognon
  • Nicole Stewart
  • Regan Redshaw
  • Marissa Uzonyi

The awards are available to the sons, daughters and grandchildren of members who are in good standing and entering the first or subsequent year of a full-time course of study of at least two years in length, leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized public Canadian college or university.

Deadline for the 2018 awards is Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Click here for an application form for the 2018 awards.

Local 793 Lauds Long Term Energy Plan

The province released its 2017 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Oct. 26. It’s the first energy blueprint released since 2013 and is a road map that sets out the direction for Ontario’s energy future.

Thousands of people from across Ontario were engaged in the development of the LTEP during a consultation and engagement process took place from October 2016 to January 2017.

The Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO) provided input during the consultation process. Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher had spearheaded formation of the REAO, bringing together a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups, to ensure that renewable energy continues to play a vital role in Ontario’s energy mix.

The REAO presented a brief to the Minister of Energy that made five recommendations for the LTEP.

Members of the union and coalition also attended the consultation sessions across the province.

The involvement of Local 793 and the REAO was acknowledged in the new LTEP.

The report stated:

“The tremendous growth of Ontario’s clean tech and renewable energy sectors has attracted billions of dollars in investment to Ontario and led to the creation of thousands of new jobs across many trades and professions. That explains why a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups, including the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) and the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario, support Ontario’s investment in renewable energy.”

Following is a statement on the LTEP from Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher:

For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2017

CONSTRUCTION UNION LAUDS LONG TERM ENERGY PLAN

OAKVILLE — Mike Gallagher, business manager of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, says the Long Term Energy Plan released today by the province is a step in the right direction because it ensures nuclear and renewable energy projects remain part of the mix.

“On behalf of the more than than 14,500 IUOE Local 793 members, I applaud Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government for showing a continued commitment to both nuclear and renewable energy projects because they provide reliable, near-endless sources of clean, low-cost electricity for families and businesses as well as long-term employment for Operating Engineers.”

Gallagher said the plan reaffirms that renewables are increasingly competitive with conventional energy sources and will continue to play a key role in helping Ontario meet its climate change goals, and that Ontario will move forward refurbishing six nuclear units at the Bruce Power plant and four units at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station between 2016 and 2033.

“This plan ensures the province will be able to generate the affordable power it needs for current and future demand while reducing greenhouse gases and protecting the health of Ontarians.”

In addition to his role as union leader, Gallagher is a director on the Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO), which is a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups dedicated to ensuring renewable energy continues to play a vital role in Ontario’s energy mix. The REAO presented a brief to the Minister of Energy that made five recommendations for the LTEP.

Gallagher said nuclear and renewables are the safest, most economical, environmentally-friendly and healthiest way to produce electricity and are a vital part of the province’s energy plan.

“In the plan, the provincial government has committed to supporting the renewable energy sector. By transitioning to renewables, we are improving our air quality and addressing global warming.”

Gallagher noted that investments in clean energy are benefitting the economy, as projects like wind and solar have invested more than $14 billion in Ontario’s economy, creating more than 200,000 good-paying jobs. The renewables sector is forecast to contribute nearly $5.4 billion to Ontario’s gross domestic product and create 56,500 jobs between 2017 and 2021.

“Ontarians need and want renewable energy and the infrastructure that supports it. I am glad that the government has listened to groups like REAO and indicated that renewables are part of the energy plan going forward.”

Gallagher also said Ontario’s commitment to refurbishment projects at Bruce Power and Darlington Nuclear Generating Sation will ensure that families in Ontario have a stable supply of energy for years to come.

The refurbishment at the Bruce is expected to create 22,000 direct and indirect jobs each year over the term of the project while Darlington is expected to create 11,800 jobs each year over the term of the project.

“Ontario’s nuclear industry contributes more than $5 billion annually to Canada’s economy and supports about 50,000 Ontario jobs,” he said. “I am hopeful that the Long Term Energy Plan released today helps Ontario move to a lower carbon economy.”

Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents more than 14,500 highly-skilled crane and heavy equipment operators across Ontario. The union has a head office, banquet hall and training campus in Oakville, and another training campus in Morrisburg.

For additional information contact:
Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher
905-469-9299, ext. 202

Business manager Gallagher was also quoted in a statement on the Bruce Power website. Click here for the statement.

The Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario also issued a statement on the LTEP. Click here for the statement.

Gallagher Urges Trades to Support OCOT Boards

Following is a story from a recent Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario convention that was published Oct. 25 in Daily Commercial News.

Gallagher, Cunningham urge Building Trades convention attendees to support OCOT boards

Construction stakeholders and new members of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Appointments Council Mike Gallagher and Ian Cunningham teamed up to urge delegates attending the recent convention of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario to get on board with OCOT and start nominating trades representatives to various boards.

Gallagher, business manager with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793, and Cunningham, president of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), said in their addresses to delegates there is an urgency to recruit new board members.

There are already openings on various boards and, in the next year, numerous terms will expire, requiring a major influx of new appointees.

“We need strong, committed, connected people to fill these vacant positions on the trade boards, the division boards and on the board of governors if the College is going to work for the best interests of the industry,” said Cunningham in an interview following his address to the delegates in Niagara Falls.

Gallagher explained in his interview, “There are some 40 vacancies that are coming up in the next year on the employer and the employee sides on the various trade boards at different levels, and people should be thinking who should be on those boards.

“And the Appointments Council, we have a pool of applications that are presented to us, and if it’s not a very big pool, we have to pick the best. So the idea is to encourage more applications so we have better options in terms of people that are there for the right reason.”

Click here for the full story.

Building Trades Amends Constitution

As a result of efforts by Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher over the last four years, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO) voted unanimously at its 60th annual convention recently to amend its Constitution and Bylaws to promote mutual respect for the core jurisdiction of each other’s trade.

In light of the resolution, the executive board of Local 793 passed a motion on Oct. 16 in favour of Gallagher meeting with PBCTCO business manager and secretary-treasurer Pat Dillon to discuss the possibility of the union re-joining the organization.

Local 793 had left the PBCTCO in September 2013 because it was faced with 10 jurisdictional disputes (JDs) at various stages of the process with affiliates of the Building Trades regarding work done by Operating Engineers. In other words, many of the other trades weren’t respecting the core jurisdiction of Local 793 members.

The disputes were with the Carpenters, Pipefitters, Labourers, Ironworkers and Electrical Workers. All these disputes have now been settled.

Gallagher sent a letter to Dillon on Sept. 4, 2013 clearly explaining why Local 793 would not longer be attending building trades meetings.

In the letter, he stated that the unity required at the PBCTCO to face challenges is non-existent.

“We are currently faced with a large number of jurisdictional disputes regarding our work, with some of our affiliates to the building trades,” he stated. “We therefore feel that our time is best spent representing our members and protecting our jobs rather than listening to reports at the building trades meetings.”

In the letter, he said the decision was not made lightly but was the right decision at the time, as there did not seem to be any resolve to the matter.

Gallagher noted it is interesting that at a time when construction unions faced a number of challenges, such as CLAC and right-to-work challenges, some affiliates seemed more interested in doing work other than their own.

PBCTCO business manager Dillon responded with a letter on Sept. 9, 2013, stating that he agreed that JDs are completely counter-productive to the overall mission of the building trades.

He noted that the Operating Engineers were a key part of the establishment of the PBCTCO and fragmentation has the potential to negatively impact the lives of construction workers and their families in a number of ways.

Since leaving the PBCTCO, Gallagher has had informal discussions with Dillon about the issue and actions by the Building Trades on Local 793’s request. Throughout, he made it clear on a number of occasions Local 793 would not re-join the Building Trades until there was an amendment to the organization’s Constitution, requiring trades to have mutual respect for each other’s core jurisdiction.

Gallagher and Local 793 president Joe Redshaw were invited as guests to the PBCTCO annual convention in Niagara Falls on Oct. 12.

At the meeting, the executive board of the PBCTCO presented the resolution to amend the organization’s Constitution and Bylaws.

The purpose, as stated in the resolution, is to “promote industrial peace among building and construction trades through mutual respect of each other’s core jurisdiction.”

The resolution states that solidarity among the Building Trades is a core principle of organized labour in Ontario’s construction industry and that JDs between PBCTCO unions cost members millions of dollars per year in legal and other fees, in addition to incalculable reputational damage.

If those same resources were devoted to organizing and growing the number of represented workers in the construction industry, the resolution states, the collective voice of all construction workers would be much more formidable in the province’s political and economic life.

The resolution states that a working committee of Building Trades representatives from each affiliated union, engaging an industry-respected mediator/facilitator, will determine the precise language of respect for each other’s core jurisdiction.

In light of the resolution, Gallagher will now meet with Dillon to talk about how the union and PBCTCO might re-affiliate.

If the terms are acceptable, Gallagher will present a recommendation to Local 793’s executive board for approval.

While the precise language must still be determined, Gallagher said the resolution passed by the PBCTCO is a step in the right direction.

“This will mark the beginning of discussions, but the Building Trades appear to have stepped up and made good on their commitment to address our concerns.”

Gallagher said he looks forward to working with the PBCTCO working committee, and perhaps re-joining the organization, as a provincial election looms next year.

“We are obviously much stronger when the building trades are united,” he said. “There will be a provincial election next spring and it makes sense for us to come together as a cohesive group.”

Pipeline Proposal Meetings Scheduled in October

Proposals for upcoming Pipeline Maintenance & Service Agreement for Canada negotiations will be taken at all district monthly meetings throughout the month of October 2017. Following are the dates for the October monthly meetings across the province.

TIMMINS
October 4
54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins,
7:30 p.m.

OSHAWA
October 5
1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7,
Oshawa, 7 p.m.

THUNDER BAY*
October 5
979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101,
Thunder Bay, 8 p.m.

ST. CATHARINES*
October 10
188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5,
St. Catharines, 7:30 p.m.

WINDSOR*
October 10
3383 Walker Rd., Windsor
7 p.m.

SAULT STE. MARIE*
October 11
432 Great Northern Rd.,
Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie,
7:30 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE*
October 11
100 Sheldon Dr., Unit 10,
Cambridge, 7:30 p.m.

SUDBURY*
October 17
430 Westmount Ave., Unit H,
Sudbury, 8 p.m.

TORONTO*
October 18
2245 Speers Rd., Oakville,
7:30 p.m.

BELLEVILLE*
October 24
1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102,
Belleville, 7 p.m.

LONDON*
October 24
523 First St., London, 7 p.m.

HAMILTON*
October 25
35 Goderich Rd., Unit 5,
Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.

OTTAWA*
October 25
Best Western Plus,
1274 Carling Ave., 7 p.m.

NORTH BAY
October 25
Voyager Inn, Greenery Room,
123 Delaware Ave., North Bay,
7:30 p.m.

BARRIE*
October 26
240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12,
Barrie, 7:30 p.m.

SARNIA*
October 26
1390A Lougar Ave., Sarnia, 7 p.m.

* District hiring hall present

 

Deadline Nearing for Jack Redshaw Scholarships

Deadline for applications for The Jack Redshaw Scholarships is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

The scholarships are available to all the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Local 793 members who are going to be attending, or are attending, a post-secondary institution and in good standing at the time of selection of the awards.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Transcripts;
  • Other evidence of potential ability to succeed in the post-secondary program; and
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual with personal academic knowledge of the person making the application as well as why a scholarship should be awarded.

Applicants must also submit an essay of not more than 1,000 words on either:

  • Reasons why this scholarship will help me.
  • The impact on my life of being a dependent of a Local 793 union member.

An application form can be downloaded from the Local 793 website at www.iuoelocal793.org or by clicking here. Applications can also be obtained by contacting any Local 793 area office.