29/Oct/18

Fall & Winter Newsletter 2018

 

 On June 26th our new executive was announced by the election committee who consisted of Monte MacAlister, Sister Mel Cyr (Chair) and Mike Stefura.

 

Our new executive:  

PRESIDENT                            David Robinson. 

VICE-PRESIDENT                   Robert McLaren. 

RECORDING SECRETARY     Drew Kruger.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY       Stan Howell.

TREASURER                           Mike Bohnet.

CONDUCTOR                         Celine Stevenson.

WARDEN                                Ross Gallant.

TRUSTEES                               Brian Dort

                                                 Joe Chambers

                                                 Richard Jackson.

 

On the ballot was also one position for Delegate to the Regional Council.  This position was filled by Stan Howell.  Regional Council Executive Elections were held on September 1st with Local 1460 garnering two positions, Stan Howell as  PRESIDENT and Celine Stevenson as  TRUSTEE.  Our new EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TREASURER is Derrick Schulte. 

 

We welcome the new executive and are confident they will lead us into a future.  We also would like to thank the executive members who served their terms and the members who ran for these positions.

 

WORK OPPORTUNITIES

Construction work in 2018 was really slow. We had number of Maintenance outages at Syncrude, Suncor, Genesee, Albian Sands as well as other calls within the Edmonton region.

  We see outages starting March of 2019 combined with continued maintenance opportunities.

The recent announcement of a LNG project in British Columbia and the ongoing Site C Project near Fort St. John will also give members opportunities to work outside of Alberta. Also our millwrights will have opportunities in the  Ontario nuclear power stations.

 

Benefits

2017 Annual Health & Welfare/Pension report will be e-mailed out to members and will be available on our website shortly after the new year. Printed copies will be able to be picked up from our Calgary, Edmonton or Fort McMurray offices upon request. Reduction of benefits in December of 2016 and prudent choices by our members have stabilized the Health & Welfare fund.

Our next meeting scheduled is November 30th. The next pension meeting will be on December 7th.  

 

 

 

Apprenticeship and Training

Congratulations to Riley Petersen who place 2nd in the National Apprenticeship Training Contest on August 18th in Richmond B.C.  Riley was competing against several other apprentices from across Canada with a written exam and practical time limited tasks.

This fall our training center will be delivering a program funded by the Government of Alberta. Building Trades of Alberta, Workforce Development Fund and the Royal Bank of Canada for pre-employment training of local high school students. CBC Television will be interviewing students and instructors. With many baby boomers retiring within 5 years there is a need to guide young workers into the trades.

 Regular member training will be posted on the website.

 

Bargaining

Our current collective agreement expires on April 30th of 2019.  Framework bargaining has started in mid-July and will continue weekly until our negotiating committee presents a proposal for ratification by the membership.

 

Childrens Christmas Party

Our 11th annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held on November 25th at the Telus World of Science Center. Please register by November 19th by calling Lisa Wilson.

 Lunch will be staggered into two separate times due to the size of the venue. Please let indicate the time you would like to eat while registering.

 

Our offices will be on reduced hours during the Holiday Season.  Please check the News section

for the dates.

 

Fraternally Yours,

Ted Remenda

Senior Business  Representative