World Mental Health Day

Today, IUOE Local 793 marks World Mental Health Day. It affords us an opportunity to focus greater attention on mental health awareness and normalizing the discussion to break down its stigma. This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on making mental health care a reality for all and building a future where quality mental health services […]

Today, IUOE Local 793 marks World Mental Health Day. It affords us an opportunity to focus greater attention on mental health awareness and normalizing the discussion to break down its stigma.

This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on making mental health care a reality for all and building a future where quality mental health services are accessible worldwide.

Local 793 recognizes the importance of mental health and has been improving its health benefit plan over the years to ensure members and their families continue to receive industry-leading platinum level health service. This includes raising coverage for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers) and providing access to healthcare professionals through the Member’s Health program that allows access to a doctor anytime, anywhere, 24/7.

Local 793 understands the importance of mental health and how it affects us all.

Only together can we break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend

The officers, executive board members and staff of Local 793 would like to wish all our members and their families a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time that brings family and friends together around the table to enjoy good food, each other’s company and most importantly, celebrate all we have to be thankful for. While […]

The officers, executive board members and staff of Local 793 would like to wish all our members and their families a happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time that brings family and friends together around the table to enjoy good food, each other’s company and most importantly, celebrate all we have to be thankful for. While we cannot celebrate like normal just yet, we can safely celebrate with a degree of normalcy as we continue to follow public health guidelines.

Hopefully we are all able to relax, refresh and recharge this holiday weekend and do something we truly enjoy.

We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving

Flyover of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project – Canadian side

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project in Windsor has generated thousands of jobs in Ontario. Many of whom are Local 793 members, with nearly 50 operating engineers working daily on different aspects of the project. Click the link below to view an updated flyover of the project from the Canadian side. Flyover of the Gordie Howe […]

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project in Windsor has generated thousands of jobs in Ontario. Many of whom are Local 793 members, with nearly 50 operating engineers working daily on different aspects of the project.

Click the link below to view an updated flyover of the project from the Canadian side.

Flyover of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project – Canadian side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SndulOo2xTw

Howe About That! Gordie Howe International Bridge creating plenty of work (Making Tracks, Summer 2021): https://online.flippingbook.com/view/627556069/6/

CBTU supports Government of Canada invoking Treaty in Line 5 dispute

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada invoked the 1977 Transit Pipeline Treaty (Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America Concerning Transit Pipelines) in order to directly negotiate a resolution with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. The move follows months-long attempts to find a solution between Enbridge, […]

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada invoked the 1977 Transit Pipeline Treaty (Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America Concerning Transit Pipelines) in order to directly negotiate a resolution with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. The move follows months-long attempts to find a solution between Enbridge, the Government of Canada and Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The Government’s announcement was welcomed by Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), which represents more than 500,000 construction workers.

“The Coalition of Building Trades Unions in Support of Line 5 appreciate the action taken by the Government of Canada to protect good, middle-class jobs. By invoking the 1977 Treaty, the Government of Canada has created a way for the federal governments in Canada and the U.S. to negotiation on this bilateral issue directly. This move shows a willingness to stand up for good jobs – jobs that are at risk should the easement on Line 5 get revoked.”

Ottawa invokes 1977 pipelines treaty in bid to resolve Enbridge’s Line 5 dispute

Statement by Coalition of Building Trades Unions in Support of Line 5

Canadian study: Delta variant 133 per cent more deadly than original COVID-19 strain

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto found that among Delta variant cases of COVID-19 there was a 108 per cent increased risk of hospitalization, 235 per cent increased risk for ICU admission and 133 per cent increased risk of death compared to the original virus strain. The study found that […]

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto found that among Delta variant cases of COVID-19 there was a 108 per cent increased risk of hospitalization, 235 per cent increased risk for ICU admission and 133 per cent increased risk of death compared to the original virus strain.

The study found that the reason the Delta variant didn’t devastate its way through Canada as it did in India was because the variant emerged as vaccination was ramping up.

This study analyzed more than 212,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario between February 7 – June 27, 2021.

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/8244271/delta-variant-covid-19-strain-canadian-study/

All “core” federal public servants and travellers on airplanes, trains and ships will face vaccine mandates

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that all “core” federal public servants would be required to be fully vaccinated by October 30. This mandate affects the RCMP, Correctional Service of Canada, Canada Border Services and nearly 80 more federal departments and agencies along with any federal contractors. Unvaccinated or employees who fail to […]

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that all “core” federal public servants would be required to be fully vaccinated by October 30. This mandate affects the RCMP, Correctional Service of Canada, Canada Border Services and nearly 80 more federal departments and agencies along with any federal contractors. Unvaccinated or employees who fail to disclose their vaccination status will be prohibited from working either in person or remotely and placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced that as of October 30, all travellers and employers in federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors would be required to be fully vaccinated.

Implementing this mandate was at the top of Trudeau’s government post-election to-do list. The federal government also strongly encourages federally regulated sectors (banking, telecommunications, and crown corporations) to mirror their vaccination policy.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-vaccine-mandate-1.6201528

Research shows that Union work is safer than non-unionized work

The Ontario Construction Secretariat recently completed research on workplace safety in the ICI sector from 2012-2018. Their research showed that unionized work environments were 31% safer and had 29% fewer critical injuries claims. Watch the video that summarizes the results click the link below. Video: https://iciconstruction.com/2018/05/02/fb2018-video2/

The Ontario Construction Secretariat recently completed research on workplace safety in the ICI sector from 2012-2018. Their research showed that unionized work environments were 31% safer and had 29% fewer critical injuries claims.

Watch the video that summarizes the results click the link below.

Video: https://iciconstruction.com/2018/05/02/fb2018-video2/

Ontario’s ICI sector continues to grow

The Ontario Construction Secretariat reports that the ICI permit values in Ontario from January to August have climbed to $10.23 billion, a 9% increase from the same point last year. The industrial and institutional sectors saw more than a 20% increase in permit values while the commercial sector saw a 0.5% decrease compared to last year. Source: https://iciconstruction.com/2021/10/04/october42021_ecoupdate-2/

The Ontario Construction Secretariat reports that the ICI permit values in Ontario from January to August have climbed to $10.23 billion, a 9% increase from the same point last year.

The industrial and institutional sectors saw more than a 20% increase in permit values while the commercial sector saw a 0.5% decrease compared to last year.

Source: https://iciconstruction.com/2021/10/04/october42021_ecoupdate-2/

Fire Prevention Week: Get educated to protect you and your loved ones

IUOE Local 793 is acknowledging Fire Prevention Week (FPW) that runs from October 3 – 9. This year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” which is to educate yourself and others on the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe when disaster […]

IUOE Local 793 is acknowledging Fire Prevention Week (FPW) that runs from October 3 – 9. This year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” which is to educate yourself and others on the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe when disaster strikes.

To promote FPW, the Oakville Fire Department is challenging businesses and organizations to a friendly sign war, where creative fire safety messages are shared via marquee or digital signs to help bring recognition to FPW.

Below is Local 793’s creative message.

Sources: https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About

Ontario plans to fuel economic growth through infrastructure

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Ontario government’s throne speech at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Monday, laying out the government’s priorities for the upcoming fall session. Dowdeswell said that the province’s economic recovery will be fuelled by growth. In particular, building roads, highways and transit. “Your government remains steadfast in its commitment to an economic and […]

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Ontario government’s throne speech at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Monday, laying out the government’s priorities for the upcoming fall session.

Dowdeswell said that the province’s economic recovery will be fuelled by growth. In particular, building roads, highways and transit.

“Your government remains steadfast in its commitment to an economic and fiscal recovery that is fuelled by economic growth, not painful tax rates or spending cuts,” stated Dowdeswell  “To do so, your government will build Ontario, build roads and highways, build and expand transit to communities across the province, build an economy that makes Ontario the best place in the world to do business, work and raise a family no matter where you live in the province.”

The government is also focused on rebuilding and expanding long-term-care facilities and hospital capacity.

“Your government is investing $2.68 billion to build 30,000 new and modern long-term-care home beds in a decade as thousands more are upgraded to 21st-century design standards.”

Source: https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/government/2021/10/speech-from-the-throne-ontario-plans-to-grow-through-infrastructure