Several District Meetings Cancelled, New Start Times For Toronto, Oshawa and Barrie

Please be advised that a number of monthly district Union meetings have been cancelled in December and January due to their proximity to Christmas and New Year’s Day. Also note that beginning in January, the start time for the Toronto, Oshawa and Barrie district monthly meetings has been changed to 7 p.m. from 7:30 p.m. The following monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December: Toronto Barrie Sarnia North Bay Hamilton Ottawa Belleville London The following monthly district meetings are still scheduled in December: Timmins – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 […]

Please be advised that a number of monthly district Union meetings have been cancelled in December and January due to their proximity to Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Also note that beginning in January, the start time for the Toronto, Oshawa and Barrie district monthly meetings has been changed to 7 p.m. from 7:30 p.m.

The following monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December:

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

The following monthly district meetings are still scheduled in December:

Timmins – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 30 Algonquin Blvd W., Timmins
Oshawa – Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa
Thunder Bay – Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101, Thunder Bay
Windsor – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 3383 Walker Rd., Windsor
St. Catharines – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines
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., Cambridge Hall at 55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26, Cambridge
Sudbury – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., 430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury

The following monthly district meeting has been cancelled in January:

  • Timmins

Please contact a local area office HERE if you have any questions.

Local 793 Wishes Joe Redshaw Well in Retirement

An emotional Joe Redshaw brought the curtain down on 36 years of service to Local 793 at a special retirement lunch organized by Business Manager Mike Gallagher at the OE Banquet and Conference Centre in Oakville on Monday, November 27. Business Manager Gallagher opened the occasion by showing a video tribute to Brother Redshaw, before sharing his own personal acknowledgement in front of the large gathering of officers, executive board members and staff of Local 793, OEBAC, and OETIO. Having joined the Union staff just a week before Brother Redshaw […]

An emotional Joe Redshaw brought the curtain down on 36 years of service to Local 793 at a special retirement lunch organized by Business Manager Mike Gallagher at the OE Banquet and Conference Centre in Oakville on Monday, November 27.

Business Manager Gallagher opened the occasion by showing a video tribute to Brother Redshaw, before sharing his own personal acknowledgement in front of the large gathering of officers, executive board members and staff of Local 793, OEBAC, and OETIO.

Having joined the Union staff just a week before Brother Redshaw in 1987, Business Manager Gallagher highlighted Redshaw’s many achievements with the Union over the following years. He also spoke warmly of the personal bond they had formed.

“As is clear from the video, Joe has always been there at my side. No-one says you must be friends with the people you work with, but I’ll always have a friendship with Joe because it is so easy to be friends with him,” said Gallagher.

“We had so many things in common; both of us sons of labour leaders with big shoes to fill (Jack Redshaw was a labour relations official with Local 793 and has the scholarship fund named in his honour, which Joe will continue to oversee). Joe, I can tell you for sure that your father is looking down very proud of you. You’ve certainly filled those shoes.”

Business Manager Gallagher added, “We are a family and you’ve been part of that. So, thank you Joe, we’re going to miss you and we are going to have to work really hard to make sure we don’t lose the momentum you have helped us build.”

Looking back on his 36 years of service to the Union – which has included roles as Business Rep, Social Services Director, OEBAC Executive Director, Local 793 President and countless committee assignments – an emotional Redshaw thanked Business Manager Gallagher for his kind words, saying, “You start working for the Local for a reason: you come because you want to help people – OETIO does that, OEBAC does that, Local 793 does that. It’s so rewarding to think that every day you get up to go to work you are going in to help somebody.”

A third generation Operating Engineer, making things better for people has always been at the core of Redshaw’s mission with Local 793, whether by ensuring members get the workers’ compensation they deserve as head of the Social Services department, or by encouraging and supporting the staff who worked under him.

Having been asked by Business Manager Gallagher to head the newly formed OEBAC four years ago, Redshaw took a moment to acknowledge all those who had helped him make the organization such a success.

“The accomplishments I’ve had – I didn’t do any of it by myself. That’s the one thing with Local 793 or OEBAC, it’s all a team and everyone works together. I’m very proud of where it is today.”

Brother Redshaw closed by saying that his near four decades of service had been built upon a deep sense of gratitude.

“It’s a career I’ve loved – my dad loved it, my brother was a member, my grandfather was a member. As my dad taught me, Local 793 has been good to my family and so anything I could do to give back has been my goal.”

Brother Redshaw has certainly done that. And so much more.

Happy retirement, Joe!

Building Homes for Ontarians

Brother Nick Grolway, a 10-year member of Local 793, operates a Liebherr 1090 mobile crane for Jarnel Contracting Ltd. Brother Grolway is hoisting modular house sections into place at a residential development in Kenora, northwestern Ontario, 215 km east of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Brother Nick Grolway, a 10-year member of Local 793, operates a Liebherr 1090 mobile crane for Jarnel Contracting Ltd.

Brother Grolway is hoisting modular house sections into place at a residential development in Kenora, northwestern Ontario, 215 km east of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Member in his mobile crane
Brother Nick Grolway operating a Liebherr 1090 mobile crane.
Housing is hoisted into place.
Brother Nick Grolway hoists pre-fabricated house sections into place in Kenora.

Exploring the Skilled Trades in Oshawa

Oshawa is the next stop for OETIO and the Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fairs, which is taking place at the Tribute Communities Centre on November 21-22, 2023. The event is part of a series of dynamic, multi-day careers fairs sponsored by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development that allows young people and jobseekers to explore opportunities within the trades. Pictured representing Operating Engineers at the OETIO booth in Oshawa are (from left) Matthew Laws (Business Rep), Justin O’Neil (Toronto Area Supervisor), Torie Coqu (Business Rep), Jason Graff (Business […]

Oshawa is the next stop for OETIO and the Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fairs, which is taking place at the Tribute Communities Centre on November 21-22, 2023. The event is part of a series of dynamic, multi-day careers fairs sponsored by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development that allows young people and jobseekers to explore opportunities within the trades.

Pictured representing Operating Engineers at the OETIO booth in Oshawa are (from left) Matthew Laws (Business Rep), Justin O’Neil (Toronto Area Supervisor), Torie Coqu (Business Rep), Jason Graff (Business Rep), Jordan Linhares (Business Rep).

OETIO’s next stop will be at the EY Centre in Ottawa from November 28-29.

Visit: https://levelupontario.ca

L to R: Matthew Laws (Business Rep), Justin O’Neil (Toronto Area Supervisor), Torie Coqu (Business Rep), Jason Graff (Business Rep) and Jordan Linhares (Business Rep).

Local 793 Spreads Holiday Cheer at Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Holiday spirit was in the air, as Local 793 took part in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 18. Large crowds lined the parade route from Lakeshore Road to Stewart Street to watch and wave, as Local 793 marched along with Santa, local community groups and businesses. Local 793 thanks everyone who came out to make this day such a success and wishes everyone a bright and joyous holiday season!

Holiday spirit was in the air, as Local 793 took part in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 18.

Large crowds lined the parade route from Lakeshore Road to Stewart Street to watch and wave, as Local 793 marched along with Santa, local community groups and businesses.

Local 793 thanks everyone who came out to make this day such a success and wishes everyone a bright and joyous holiday season!

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Join Us for the Oakville Santa Claus Parade

The Christmas season officially gets underway this weekend as the Town of Oakville stages its annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 18. Local 793 is again participating, with the OETIO float being decked out to capture this year’s parade theme of Holiday Movies and Icons. Members wishing to take part should email jwong@oetio.com by 2 p.m. on Friday and plan to arrive at the staging area at the corner of Trafalgar Road and Robinson Street in Oakville no later than 8 a.m. due to set-up/line preparation and planned road […]

The Christmas season officially gets underway this weekend as the Town of Oakville stages its annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 18.

Local 793 is again participating, with the OETIO float being decked out to capture this year’s parade theme of Holiday Movies and Icons.

Members wishing to take part should email jwong@oetio.com by 2 p.m. on Friday and plan to arrive at the staging area at the corner of Trafalgar Road and Robinson Street in Oakville no later than 8 a.m. due to set-up/line preparation and planned road closures in the area. The parade itself will get underway at 9 a.m. (rain or shine).

We ho-ho-hope to see you there!

For more details, click here

Map of route
2023 Oakville Santa Claus Parade route.

New Minister of Labour Joins OETIO at Level Up! Event

David Piccini MPP, Ontario’s recently appointed Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, was just one of many visitors who flocked to the OETIO booth on Thursday morning, day two of the latest Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fair in Mississauga. Level Up! travels to every corner of the province allowing young people and jobseekers to explore career opportunities within the skilled trades. Minister Piccini tested his operating skills on the OETIO simulator at the event held at the International Centre and chatted with staff, including Carla St. Louis (Director of […]

David Piccini MPP, Ontario’s recently appointed Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, was just one of many visitors who flocked to the OETIO booth on Thursday morning, day two of the latest Level Up! Skilled Trades Career Fair in Mississauga.

Level Up! travels to every corner of the province allowing young people and jobseekers to explore career opportunities within the skilled trades.

Minister Piccini tested his operating skills on the OETIO simulator at the event held at the International Centre and chatted with staff, including Carla St. Louis (Director of Marketing and Indigenous Affairs), Lee Charlebois (Senior IT Specialist), Brendan Ryan, Nick McGuinn, Dave De Luca and Michael Belcher (Business Reps).

The next Level Up! event takes place at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa on November 21-22.

OETIO booth
Minister David Piccini (centre) pictured with (from left) Brendan Ryan (Business Rep), Michael Belcher (Business Rep), Nick McGuinn (Business Rep), Carla St. Louis (Director of Marketing and Indigenous Affairs), Lee Charlebois (Senior IT Specialist) and Dave De Luca (Business Rep).

Sudden Death of Long-Time Member Paul O’Neill

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the death of Paul O’Neill, a 39-year member of IUOE Local 793. Brother O’Neill died suddenly at home on November 8. He was 58 years old. As an experienced and highly skilled mobile crane operator, Paul took great pride in his work and it was this, coupled with a can-do attitude and willingness to help others, that made him such a popular and well-respected figure among both his colleagues and employers. Local 793 Business Manager, Mike Gallagher, […]

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the death of Paul O’Neill, a 39-year member of IUOE Local 793. Brother O’Neill died suddenly at home on November 8. He was 58 years old.

As an experienced and highly skilled mobile crane operator, Paul took great pride in his work and it was this, coupled with a can-do attitude and willingness to help others, that made him such a popular and well-respected figure among both his colleagues and employers.

Local 793 Business Manager, Mike Gallagher, said, “As a highly valued and long-time Union steward, Paul always put the needs of others first and fought hard for members’ rights. His particular focus on health and safety helped make every jobsite he worked at safer for everyone. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Local 793.”

Away from work, Paul had a deeply rooted connection to his Irish heritage and had an uncanny ability to bring joy to the lives of all he met. Whether enjoying traditional Irish music or hosting an O’Neill family barbecue, the “craic” was sure to be mighty whenever he was around.

Visitation is at Legacy Funeral Home at 55 Cedar Pointe Drive in Barrie from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, at 10 a.m.at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie. Afterwards, friends and family are welcome to Donaleigh’s Irish Pub at 28 Dunlop Street East in Barrie for a celebration of Paul’s life.

For more details, click here

Paul O'Neill
Local 793 mobile crane operator Paul O’Neill

Members Work on Integrity Digs in Sudbury

Local 793 members employed by NPL Canada are working on a series of integrity digs on an Enbridge Gas transmission line that feeds the city of Sudbury with natural gas. This maintenance is an essential safety requirement in ensuring the pipeline can continue to operate for decades to come. Contractors: NPL Canada Ltd.

Local 793 members employed by NPL Canada are working on a series of integrity digs on an Enbridge Gas transmission line that feeds the city of Sudbury with natural gas. This maintenance is an essential safety requirement in ensuring the pipeline can continue to operate for decades to come.

Contractors: NPL Canada Ltd.

L to R: Local 793 operator Randy Eade and Provincial Pipeline & EPSCA Business Representative, Charlie Peters.
Local 793 apprentice, Adam McCormack.

Pause to Reflect on Remembrance Day

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues and conflict between Israel and Hamas is rapidly escalating, we are reminded of just how fragile freedom is and of the debt we owe to generations of Canadian armed forces personnel who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live our lives and raise our families in peace. Whether in seizing the heights at Vimy Ridge, storming the Normandy beaches or navigating heavily mined roads in Kandahar Province, the courage of our troops has never faltered. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 11, […]

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues and conflict between Israel and Hamas is rapidly escalating, we are reminded of just how fragile freedom is and of the debt we owe to generations of Canadian armed forces personnel who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live our lives and raise our families in peace.

Whether in seizing the heights at Vimy Ridge, storming the Normandy beaches or navigating heavily mined roads in Kandahar Province, the courage of our troops has never faltered.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 11, is our chance to recognize all those who have honourably served this country – and especially those who never made it home.

On behalf of the officers, executive board and staff of IUOE Local 793, I call on members to pause for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Saturday as a mark of respect and remembrance for all Canadian military veterans.

Best regards,

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager, IUOE Local 793