New Training to Protect Workers

Ontario is introducing new training to help protect workers and keep them safe on the job. The new training requirement becomes mandatory July 1, 2014. Workers and supervisors will be required to take part in a one-hour tutorial, either individually or in groups using free, online e-learning tools or hard copy workbooks that can be […]

Ontario is introducing new training to help protect workers and keep them safe on the job.
The new training requirement becomes mandatory July 1, 2014.
Workers and supervisors will be required to take part in a one-hour tutorial, either individually or in groups using free, online e-learning tools or hard copy workbooks that can be obtained from ServiceOntario.
The training is designed to help prevent workplace incidents and injuries by making workers and supervisors aware of their roles, rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
The training was developed in partnership with labour groups, businesses and municipalities and will be mandatory for all workers and supervisors in the province who are covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Mandatory basic health and safety awareness training was a key recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, led by Tony Dean in 2010.
The Panel was appointed following a Christmas Eve scaffolding accident that claimed the lives of four workers in 2009.
The Panel conducted a review of the province’s workplace health and safety system and came up with a number of recommendations.
Workplaces that have provided similar training to employees will not need to participate, as long as the previous training met the minimum requirements of the new regulation.
Once the e-learning training module is complete, an employee will receive a certificate that is valid for the remainder of his or her career. The printed training materials are available in nine languages.
Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis says the awareness training will lay the foundation for building a strong occupational health and safety culture in the province of Ontario.

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Training Minister Speaks at Fundraiser

Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid says the provincial Liberal government wants to work with labour unions and young people to build a better Ontario. He told an audience in Local 793’s banquet hall Jan. 24 that the Conservatives, meanwhile, are intent on destroying unions. “The Conservatives decided they want to declare war on […]

Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid says the provincial Liberal government wants to work with labour unions and young people to build a better Ontario.
He told an audience in Local 793’s banquet hall Jan. 24 that the Conservatives, meanwhile, are intent on destroying unions.
“The Conservatives decided they want to declare war on labour and we can’t let that happen,” he said.
Duguid was guest speaker at a fundraiser for Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn.
In his remarks, he said the provincial Liberals have worked hard to create a good labour relations climate in Ontario, yet Conservative leader Tim Hudak is intent on destroying that.
Duguid told the audience that if Hudak is elected, labour would go back to the days of Mike Harris and protests on the front law of Queen’s Park.
By contrast, he noted, the Liberals want to “go forward” with labour and young people.
Duguid said the Liberals will stand up for labour and not let the Conservatives drive down wages.
He also spoke about the track record of the provincial Liberals in creating jobs for young people.
He said 6,463 young people have found jobs over the past four and a half years thanks to the Youth Employment Fund, and the program is well on its way to reaching the goal of 24,000.
“We are proud of the fact what we’ve developed here is working.”
The Fund is part of the government’s new Youth Jobs Strategy, which is helping young people across the province get work experience, start a business or build job skills.
Duguid said the provincial government is creating jobs by investing in the education system and Ontario is leading the world when it comes to post-secondary education.
He noted that the corporate tax rate in Ontario is the lowest in North America and, as a result, has helped attract 435,000 jobs to the province since the recession.
He said the Liberal government’s economic plan entails investing in people while the NDP plan is to tax corporations.
Meanwhile, he said, the so-called Million Jobs Plan proposed by Hudak would actually take away job creation and result in jobs being cut in education and health care.
“That’s wrong-headed. It’s bad economics and bad for our community.”
Oakville MPP Flynn told the audience that people keep telling the provincial government to be fiscally responsible and control spending, but also to keep investing in infrastructure.
He said the province is doing that through its economic plan for growth.

Photos Sought for Commemorative Publication

2014 is the 95th anniversary year of Local 793. To mark the occasion, the union will be producing a special commemorative publication later this year. We are looking for photos from the past that we can print in the publication. We are also looking for recollections or stories that members might have about the union […]

2014 is the 95th anniversary year of Local 793.
To mark the occasion, the union will be producing a special commemorative publication later this year.
We are looking for photos from the past that we can print in the publication. We are also looking for recollections or stories that members might have about the union that we can use as part of the narrative.
If you have any material that could be included in the publication, please send it to Director of Communications Grant Cameron via email at gcameron@iuoelocal793.org.
You can also send the information by mail to: Grant Cameron
Director of Communications,
IUOE Local 793, 2245 Speers Rd., Oakville, Ont., L6L 6X8.

Changes Announced to Executive Board

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has announced a number of changes to the executive of the union. The changes were prompted by the resignation of financial secretary John W. Anderson who is leaving to take up a new position and challenge as an administrator at Global Benefits. A meeting of the union officers was […]

ExecutiveLocal 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has announced a number of changes to the executive of the union.
The changes were prompted by the resignation of financial secretary John W. Anderson who is leaving to take up a new position and challenge as an administrator at Global Benefits.
A meeting of the union officers was held Jan. 3 to appoint a replacement.
In accordance with Article XXIV, Subdivision 1, Section F of the union’s Constitution and Article VII of Local 793’s bylaws, the officers voted unanimously to appoint Rick Kerr as financial secretary. He had been vice-president.
The officers also voted to:

  • Appoint Joe Dowdall as vice-president. He had been recording-corresponding secretary.
  • Appoint Brian Alexander as recording-corresponding secretary. He had been an executive board member.
  • Appoint David Turple as an executive board member.

Following is the executive of the union:
Business Manager
 – Mike Gallagher
President
 – Joe Redshaw
Vice President
 – Joe Dowdall
Treasurer
 – Alex Law
Financial Secretary 
- Rick Kerr
Recording-Corresponding Secretary
 – Brian Alexander
Executive Board
 – Dave Turple, Bill Boyle, Joel Collens, Ron Hillis, Bob McQueen, Robert Turpin
Auditors
 – Steve Deady, Robbie Hierons, John Monti
Trustees
 – Andre Chenier, Jonathan Sprung, Robert Taddei
Guard
 – Shane McComb
Conductor
 – Brad Sisler

Important Announcement for Local 793 Apprentices

On April 8, 2013, the Ontario College of Trades assumed responsibility for the regulation of apprenticeship training in the province from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As part of this transition, apprentices who signed a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) in Ontario before April 8, 2013, are now legally required to renew their membership […]

On April 8, 2013, the Ontario College of Trades assumed responsibility for the regulation of apprenticeship training in the province from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As part of this transition, apprentices who signed a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) in Ontario before April 8, 2013, are now legally required to renew their membership with the Ontario College of Trades by April 8, 2014.

This is so they can maintain their employment and their Registered Training Agreement as well as continue their training as an apprentice.

Membership in the College includes a renewal fee of $60 plus HST that supports its ability to enforce regulations that help protect the public and promote confidence in the skilled trades.

Payments can be made:

  • By phone at (toll free) 1-855-299-0028, or (in the GTA) 647-847-3000
  • At a chartered bank or credit union, please allow for up to five (5) business days for processing.
  • In-person at the College (Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), suite 600 – 655 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont., M5G 2K4.

The College is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades. One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practice this trade in Ontario.

95th Anniversary Events

2014 marks the 95th anniversary of Local 793. Following is a list of events being held across the province in 2014 to mark the 95th anniversary of Local 793: May 31
, Thunder Bay
 – An family day will be held at Lowery’s Sports Dome, 141 Northern Avenue on Saturday, May 31. The event runs from noon […]

2014 marks the 95th anniversary of Local 793.
Following is a list of events being held across the province in 2014 to mark the 95th anniversary of Local 793:

  • May 31
, Thunder Bay
 – An family day will be held at Lowery’s Sports Dome, 141 Northern Avenue on Saturday, May 31. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m.
  • June 21, 
OETIO Morrisburg
 – A family picnic and rodeo for members and their families is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at the OETIO campus in Morrisburg. Start time of the event has yet to be determined. The event will feature activities for both members and their children.
  • June 22, 
Timmins
 – A barbecue for members and their families is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at the Rapid Fire Paintball Park, 200 Feldman Rd, Timmins. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • July 13
, Toronto & Hamilton – 
A picnic for members and their families will be held Sunday, July 13, at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Dr., Oakville. Start time has yet to be determined.
  • July 13
, Sudbury – 
A barbecue for members and their families will be held Sunday, July 13 at the Warren Fairground on Berube Street in Warren. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, 
Sarnia
 – A picnic for members and their families will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Suncor Recreation Centre, 2257 Lakeshore Road in Bright’s Grove. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. Activities will include swimming, clowns, horse drawn wagon rides and garden tractor train rides. A barbeque will be held serving sausages, hamburgers and hotdogs.
  • August 9
, Windsor
 – A picnic will be held for members and their families on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Serbian Centre, 6770 Tecumseh Rd. E. in Windsor. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature clowns and facepainting for the children.
  • Aug. 16, 
London – 
A family picnic will be held for members and their families on Saturday, Aug. 16 at East Park, 1275 Hamilton Rd. in London. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, salads and a variety of drinks. Entertainment will include go-karts, a water slide, mini golf, batting cage and rock climbing.
  • August 24, 
Sault Ste. Marie
 – A barbecue for members and their families will be held Sunday, Aug. 24 at Farmer Bob’s Farm, 943 Landslide Rd, Sault Ste. Marie. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 6.
, Toronto
 – A dinner dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Mixed Bag for ICI Construction in Ontario

Investment in industrial and commercial construction projects in Ontario is expected to increase in 2014 while a decline is anticipated in the institutional sector. That’s the bottom line in a forecast released recently by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). The OCS says in its March economic outlook that the fortunes of the industrial and commercial […]

Investment in industrial and commercial construction projects in Ontario is expected to increase in 2014 while a decline is anticipated in the institutional sector.
That’s the bottom line in a forecast released recently by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS).
The OCS says in its March economic outlook that the fortunes of the industrial and commercial sectors will be lifted by growth of the U.S. economy while institutional investment will continue to drop, as it has done for the past two years.
In the industrial sector, forecasters are projecting that acceleration in the U.S. economy will provide a boost to manufacturers in Ontario.
The OCS says that improved manufacturing sales should stimulate increased industrial investment.
The forecast says that the mining sector is difficult to forecast, as evidenced by the recent decision by Cliffs Natural Resources to indefinitely suspend its Ring of Fire project.
However, the forecast notes that conversations with stakeholders in northern Ontario indicate that the mining sector will provide a lift to industrial investment, thanks to projects like the Red Lake and Musselwhite mines in northwestern Ontario.
Large-scale transportation projects will also help boost industrial investment in 2014, the forecast says, one being the $2-billion Ottawa LRT, which is scheduled for completion in 2017.
In the commercial sector, forecasters project investment will increase, albeit at a slower place than in 2013.
Economic conditions are supportive for continued commercial investment, the forecast notes, and company surveys conducted by the Bank of Canada reveal that credit is easily accessible.
The forecast notes that indicators of business sentiment remain around their historical averages, interest rates remain well below historical levels and operating profits as a share of the economy have been normal in 2013. Additionally, economic growth is expected to accelerate and the province’s population will likely increase next year.
Regionally, the forecast says the GTA looks to be the largest contributor to commercial investment, as the region is enjoying an office construction cycle. Within downtown Toronto, seven new office buildings are scheduled to come online between 2014 and 2017.
In the institutional sector, the forecast notes that expenditures have been dropping since 2011, and the question now becomes: How long is the decline going to be in place?
Unfortunately, the forecast says that building permit data – which is a very strong predictor of upcoming institutional investment – is suggesting the downward trend will continue.
The OCS model of institutional investment, which considers building permits and population changes, is pointing to a decline of about five per cent in investment in 2014.

E-Board Changes

A number of changes were made recently to the union’s executive board. Bob McQueen retired as Southwestern Ontario area supervisor and executive board member on Jan. 31 and Robbie Hierons resigned as Sarnia business rep and auditor on Jan. 15. As a result of the vacancies on the executive board, an officers meeting was held […]

A number of changes were made recently to the union’s executive board.
Bob McQueen retired as Southwestern Ontario area supervisor and executive board member on Jan. 31 and Robbie Hierons resigned as Sarnia business rep and auditor on Jan. 15.
As a result of the vacancies on the executive board, an officers meeting was held Feb. 11.
In accordance with the union’s Constitution and Local 793’s bylaws, a vote was held and the officers voted unanimously to appoint Steve Booze as our newest executive board member to take the position vacated by Bob McQueen.
The officers also voted to appoint business rep Robert Taddei as an auditor to replace Robbie Hierons. Robert had been a trustee.
Meanwhile, business manager Mike Gallagher has appointed Steve Booze as area supervisor for Southwestern Ontario to replace Bob McQueen. Steve had been a business rep in Windsor.

Important Announcement for Local 793 Apprentices

On April 8, 2013, the Ontario College of Trades assumed responsibility for the regulation of apprenticeship training in the province from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As part of this transition, apprentices who signed a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) in Ontario before April 8, 2013, are now legally required to renew their membership […]

On April 8, 2013, the Ontario College of Trades assumed responsibility for the regulation of apprenticeship training in the province from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As part of this transition, apprentices who signed a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) in Ontario before April 8, 2013, are now legally required to renew their membership with the Ontario College of Trades by April 8, 2014.
This is so they can maintain their employment and their Registered Training Agreement as well as continue their training as an apprentice.
Membership in the College includes a renewal fee of $60 plus HST that supports its ability to enforce regulations that help protect the public and promote confidence in the skilled trades.
Payments can be made:

  • By phone at (toll free) 1-855-299-0028, or (in the GTA) 647-847-3000
  • At a chartered bank or credit union, please allow for up to five (5) business days for processing.
  • In-person at the College (Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), suite 600 – 655 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont., M5G 2K4.

The College is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades. One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practice this trade in Ontario.

Improvements Made to Union’s Group Legal Plan

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has announced a number of new improvements to the union’s Group Legal Plan for both active and retired members. The improvements are the second wave of enhancements this year to benefits for Local 793 members. Earlier, improvements were announced to the Life and Health Benefits Plan. “The officers, executive […]

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has announced a number of new improvements to the union’s Group Legal Plan for both active and retired members.
The improvements are the second wave of enhancements this year to benefits for Local 793 members.
Earlier, improvements were announced to the Life and Health Benefits Plan.
“The officers, executive board and I are always looking at ways to provide better services to our members across the province,” Gallagher said. “The changes to our legal plan will complement the enhancements that were made to the life and health benefits plan.”
The changes to the legal plan took effect Jan. 1. Coverage has been increased as follows:

  • E1 – Simple Will Member has been increased to $300 from $100.
  • E2 – Simple Will Spouse has been increased to $300 from $100.
  • E3 – Revised Will Member has been increased to $150 from $75.
  • E4 – Revised Will Spouse has been increased to $150 from $75.
  • M1 – Highway Traffic Act has been increased to $400 from $300.