Holiday Office Hours

Following is the schedule for Local 793 offices over the holiday season: Thursday, December 24, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to Noon Friday, December 25, 2015 – Closed Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Closed Sunday, December 27, 2015 – Closed Monday, December 28, 2015 – Closed Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Following is the schedule for Local 793 offices over the holiday season:

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Friday, December 25, 2015 – Closed
  • Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Closed
  • Sunday, December 27, 2015 – Closed
  • Monday, December 28, 2015 – Closed
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, January 1, 2016 – Closed

Season’s Greetings from Business Manager Gallagher

On behalf of the officers and staff of IUOE Local 793, I would like to wish all members and their families a joyous holiday season. Christmas is a time for giving, remembering the past and hoping for the future. It is a time to enjoy some cheer, spend time with family and friends and recharge […]

On behalf of the officers and staff of IUOE Local 793, I would like to wish all members and their families a joyous holiday season.

Christmas is a time for giving, remembering the past and hoping for the future. It is a time to enjoy some cheer, spend time with family and friends and recharge the batteries.

I encourage all members to embrace the true spirit of Christmas, as it comes round but once a year.

I would like to thank all members for their support in 2015. We had a good year. Our pension plan is healthy and our finances are in good shape.

I hope that your holidays are filled with festivities and plenty of merry enjoyment.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fraternally Yours,

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager
IUOE Local 793

Bill C-377 to be Repealed by Liberals

The federal Liberal government has fulfilled one of its campaign promises by announcing it is waiving the onerous reporting requirements of Bill C-377. National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has indicated that the government intends to repeal the legislation that was pushed through in the waning days of the Stephen Harper government. She has waived reporting […]

The federal Liberal government has fulfilled one of its campaign promises by announcing it is waiving the onerous reporting requirements of Bill C-377.

National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has indicated that the government intends to repeal the legislation that was pushed through in the waning days of the Stephen Harper government.

She has waived reporting requirements for labour organizations and labour trusts arising from the legislation, officially known as Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations).

The requirements would have placed obligations on labour organizations and labour trusts to track their activities for fiscal years beginning on or after Dec. 31, 2015.

The waiver ensures that unions and other stakeholders affected by the Bill will not be required to develop and submit detailed tracking of their activities to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Click here for the press release from the CRA.

OETIO Pipeline Course Accepting Students

A pipeline training course is being offered at the OETIO in Morrisburg. The course is designed to give participants basic knowledge and skills required to safely and efficiently operate a sideboom, excavator or dozer during pipeline construction. The course is three weeks long. Accommodations and meals are provided by the OEITO. The selection process will be […]

A pipeline training course is being offered at the OETIO in Morrisburg.

The course is designed to give participants basic knowledge and skills required to safely and efficiently operate a sideboom, excavator or dozer during pipeline construction.

The course is three weeks long.

Accommodations and meals are provided by the OEITO.

The selection process will be the responsibility of the OETIO. Members will need the required experience and must be in good standing with IUOE Local 793.

The list is first-come, first-served.

If members don’t qualify because of lack of work experience, they can apply at a later date.

Click here to find out more about the program and to register.

Drill Rig Arrives at OETIO Campus in Oakville

An LB28 Liebherr drill rig has been delivered to the OETIO campus in Oakville. The rig was being set up by a worker from the company on Dec. 10. It is being rented by the OETIO. OETIO officials expect the rig to be up and running by early next week. The drill rig will be […]

An LB28 Liebherr drill rig has been delivered to the OETIO campus in Oakville.

The rig was being set up by a worker from the company on Dec. 10. It is being rented by the OETIO.

OETIO officials expect the rig to be up and running by early next week.

The drill rig will be used for training students at the campus. The first course is scheduled to begin in late January.

Courses will be five days in length and consist of 40 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction.

OETIO training co-ordinator Joe Dowdall said having the drill rig will enable students to get practical, hands-on experience in addition to training on simulators.

“This will give the students training opportunities and knowledge on how to operate an LB28,” he said.

OETIO training supervisor Craig Giles said the drill rig will be a great help in training students.

“Up until now, we’ve just had the simulators but now we’ll have a machine that will allow us to do hands-on training.”

New Regulations Announced for Drill Rigs

The Ontario government has taken action to strengthen training requirements for operators of rotary foundation drill rigs. As of July 1, 2016, operators will require a crane licence and specific training to operate a foundation and piling drill rig in Ontario. The announcement was made at a construction site in Toronto on Dec. 9 by […]

The Ontario government has taken action to strengthen training requirements for operators of rotary foundation drill rigs.

As of July 1, 2016, operators will require a crane licence and specific training to operate a foundation and piling drill rig in Ontario.

The announcement was made at a construction site in Toronto on Dec. 9 by Labour Minister Kevin Flynn.

The announcement came four years and two months after Kyle James Knox, a 24-year-old Local 793 crane apprentice, was killed when a drill rig collapsed onto a backhoe he was operating at a construction site at York University.

Another Local 793 member, Dan DeLuca, was seriously injured in the Oct. 11, 2011 accident.

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher, who has been fighting for regulatory changes since the accident, spoke at the announcement ceremony and called it a historic event.

He said construction sites will be safer now that the province has introduced regulations to ensure that the operators of rotary foundation drill rigs are properly trained and licensed.

“We have never given up on making sure we corrected the loophole that allowed an operator who is not licensed to operate this type of equipment. That will never happen again.”

Gallagher said the changes announced by Labour Minister Flynn will make it a requirement that operators of foundation rotary drill rigs go through a full apprenticeship program.

“That is going to make Ontario the gold standard in North America with respect to operating this equipment and I believe other jurisdictions will turn to us when they’re trying to discover how they should raise the bar and raise standards.”

Gallagher thanked the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario for also supporting the effort to change the regulations, as well as Local 793 operators Jeff Brett of Deep Foundations and Edward Christensen of Bermingham Construction who participated in a video that was shown to provincial officials to show the complexities of operating drill rigs.

Gallagher also spoke about apprentice Knox, saying that he had a promising career ahead of him and was only one week from graduating and becoming a journeyman crane operator.

“He went to work one day, like we all do, expecting to return at the end of the day.”

Gallagher noted that his sympathies continue to lie with Knox’s mother, Sherry, and the Knox family.

While the changes announced by Flynn are welcome, Gallagher said there is still more work to be done.

“This is a beginning and not an end,” he said, noting that training should be made compulsory for more types of heavy equipment.

Gallagher said he is hoping that with completion of the Tony Dean report by the College of Trades that “we can get to work on making those other trades mandatory that should be mandatory.”

The changes announced by Labour Minister Flynn amend a regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Specifically, an employer now has to ensure that a worker who operates a rotary foundation drill rig must have completed or is participating in an authorized training program and hold a valid certificate of qualification issued under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. The certificate of qualification needed will depend on the torque of the drill rig.

The operator will also have to have written proof of training available at the project to an inspector upon request.

Labour Minister Flynn said the new requirements will make Ontario a leader on rotary foundation drill rig training.

“The men and the women who operate these machines can do amazing work with this machinery, but we know that drill rigs need to be treated with respect and if they’re not used properly the potential for accidents is there.”

Flynn said the new regulations will ensure that drill rigs in Ontario are used properly and only by qualified operators.

“These changes are going to ensure that anybody working on a drill rig in this province is doing so with full training and as safely as possible.”

George Gritziotis, Ontario’s chief prevention officer, said the changes will have an impact on the construction industry.

“The number of fatalities in our construction industry is still far too high,” he noted. “I am pleased that these new changes enhance training for drill rig operators.”

Local 793 president Joe Redshaw, who is labour chair of the hoisting committee of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association of Ontario, said strengthening the regulations for operators of rotary drill rigs is a step forward for safety and the regulations will make Ontario a leader in drill rig operator training.

“These new regulations will ensure that only licensed, fully-trained operators are permitted to operate rotary drill rigs. Construction sites in Ontario will be much safer as a result of these regulations.”

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District Meeting Schedule for December

A number of monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December, as they fall in the week leading up to Christmas. The London, Hamilton, Ottawa, North Bay, Barrie and Sarnia meetings are cancelled in December. Meetings in these districts will resume on their regularly schedules dates in January. District meetings will continue to be held […]

A number of monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December, as they fall in the week leading up to Christmas.

The London, Hamilton, Ottawa, North Bay, Barrie and Sarnia meetings are cancelled in December. Meetings in these districts will resume on their regularly schedules dates in January.

District meetings will continue to be held at normal times in December in Timmins, Oshawa, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Sudbury, Toronto and Belleville.

Below is the district meeting schedule:

TIMMINS – 54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins, 8 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the month.

OSHAWA – 1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa, 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month.

THUNDER BAY* – 107 Johnson Ave., Boardroom, Thunder Bay, 8 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month.

ST. CATHARINES* – 188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month.

WINDSOR* – 3383 Walker Rd., Windsor, 7 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month.

SAULT STE. MARIE* – 432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month.

KITCHENER* – 100 Sheldon Dr., Unit 10, Cambridge, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month.

SUDBURY* – 430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury, 8 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of the month.

TORONTO* – 2245 Speers Rd., Oakville, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the month.

BELLEVILLE* – 43 Pine St., Belleville, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month.

LONDON* – 523 First St., London, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

HAMILTON* – 35 Goderich Rd., Unit 5, Hamilton, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

OTTAWA* – Best Western Plus, 1274 Carling Ave., 7 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

NORTH BAY – Voyager Inn, Greenery Room, 123 Delaware Ave., North Bay, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

BARRIE* – 240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie, 7:30 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

SARNIA* – 1390A Lougar Ave., Sarnia, 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month. (Cancelled in December)

* – District Hiring Hall Present