Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, dies at 72

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) president Richard Trumka, leader of the largest federation of unions in the United States for more than a decade, died suddenly on Thursday. He was 72. Trumka had been president of the AFL-CIO, a group of more than 50 labour unions, including IUOE, representing 12.5 […]

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) president Richard Trumka, leader of the largest federation of unions in the United States for more than a decade, died suddenly on Thursday. He was 72.

Trumka had been president of the AFL-CIO, a group of more than 50 labour unions, including IUOE, representing 12.5 million members across the United States, since 2009. In addition to organizing and representing workers, the AFL-CIO also assists in worker training and operates the largest training network outside the U.S. military.

Trumka was a key political ally to Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden and was leading an effort to institute landmark reforms to federal labour laws when he died. He had recently been championing the White House’s push to pass an infrastructure package, which he called the biggest infrastructure bill in history.

“He was a champion of the working people and a great speaker,” Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher said. “He faced down some anti-union Presidents and sought to expand the ‘tent of the unionized labour movement to include all workers regardless of gender, ethnicity or even citizenship’.”

During the pandemic, Trumka’s positions on complicated issues like workplace safety and vaccine mandates, which he expressed support for, helped set the tone for the rest of the United States.

“Brother Trumka was a dedicated labour leader,” IUOE General President James T. Callahan said. “His outspoken voice on behalf of all working men and women will be sorely missed.”

Exclusive offer to Bell Mobility Discount Plans

IUOE Local 793 is pleased to offer savings to your mobile service with the introduction of the Bell Mobility Discount Plans. The program is designed to offer preferred rate plans to Local 793 members which go beyond standard consumer promotions and special offers. The discount is available to all Local 793 members, retirees and up […]

IUOE Local 793 is pleased to offer savings to your mobile service with the introduction of the Bell Mobility Discount Plans.

The program is designed to offer preferred rate plans to Local 793 members which go beyond standard consumer promotions and special offers.

The discount is available to all Local 793 members, retirees and up to five family members. Members must be initiated and in good standing with the Union to access the plan.

In order to activate or migrate an existing Bell mobile number to the plan for discount, a proof of membership is required. Acceptable proof includes your Union card and Union registration number.

To access exclusive pricing, call the dedicated specialist team at 1-866-244-9108 and activate your plan.

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Addressing the addictions and suicide crisis in the construction industry

“MY HOPE IS THAT LOCAL 793 BECOMES A LEADER IN HELPING MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.”– BUSINESS MANAGER, MIKE GALLAGHER Members, Local 793 and the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario are working in partnership with De Novo Treatment Centre to conduct research within the construction trades industry regarding addiction […]

“MY HOPE IS THAT LOCAL 793 BECOMES A LEADER IN HELPING MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.”– BUSINESS MANAGER, MIKE GALLAGHER

Members,

Local 793 and the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario are working in partnership with De Novo Treatment Centre to conduct research within the construction trades industry regarding addiction and suicide to better identify the causes behind these critical life issues.

Research shows that the rates of addiction and suicide in the construction industry are among the highest across all work sectors. When you add the current and lingering stresses from the COVID-19 pandemic, all of this can take a serious toll on your mental health.

In order to provide effective help, current research is needed to identify some of the main factors causing the high rates of suicide and addiction. To do this, we are asking for your help!

Please complete the survey using the link below. Your participation is voluntary, and all responses are strictly anonymous and confidential.
The survey results will help De Novo Treatment Centre to develop training tools for training centres, unions, and employers to better understand and address addiction and suicide among workers in the industry.

Please complete the survey as soon as you can. The survey ends on July 25, 2021. Please click the link below to start the survey.

SURVEY LINK: https://logit.qfimr.com/DNMB

To thank you for your participation, De Novo Treatment Centre has authorized 120 randomly selected survey respondents to receive a $50 gift card.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach Grace Tiersma at De Novo Treatment Centre. 1-800-933-6686 x242 or grace.tiersma@denovo.ca
Thank you in advance for completing this important survey.

Joe Redshaw
President, IUOE Local 793
De Novo Treatment Centre Board Member

Resources:
https://www.thesafetymag.com/ca/topics/psychological-safety/suicide-a-growing-concern-in-the-construction-industry/221384
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6903a1.htm
https://barrie360.com/opioids-claimed-six-lives-a-day-in-ontario-during-start-of-pandemic/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191030082825.htm

VIDEO UPDATE: Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher for July 12, 2021

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher delivers a video message from head office in Oakville on Monday July 12, 2021.  In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates: [00:34] LEADING THE WAY – Local 793 continues role in keeping members and their families safe [00:58] PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Local 793 rolled […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher delivers a video message from head office in Oakville on Monday July 12, 2021.

In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates:

[00:34] LEADING THE WAY – Local 793 continues role in keeping members and their families safe
[00:58] PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Local 793 rolled out the Emergency Relief Grant and the SUB Plan in 2020
[2:09] LOCAL 793 STRONG – Operating Engineers remain busy during the pandemic
[3:19] PENSION PLAN STANDS STRONG – Continuing to take a defensive position with a 6.7% return YTD
[3:51] INVESTING IN SAFETY – No compromises taken when it comes to our members’ well-being
[4:35] MOURNING THE LOSS OF JAMES DI MARCO
[6:28] REMAIN VIGILANT – Remain cautious, wear masks – and get vaccinated
[7:52] GET PROPERLY INFORMED – Know the differences between the myths and facts of COVID-19 vaccination
[9:36] OETIO TRAINING – Government should fully support union training centres

HAPPY NUNAVUT DAY!   ᐅᓪᓗᖃᑦᑎᐊᕆᔅᓯ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓐᓂ!

Today, we commemorate the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nunavut Act in 1993, which laid the groundwork for the territory’s eventual separation from the Northwest Territories in 1999. Nunavut Day is a day for Nunavummiut to take pride in the accomplishments of their territory. The day was established to celebrate the […]

Today, we commemorate the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nunavut Act in 1993, which laid the groundwork for the territory’s eventual separation from the Northwest Territories in 1999.

Nunavut Day is a day for Nunavummiut to take pride in the accomplishments of their territory. The day was established to celebrate the unique culture that Nunavut brings to Canada and to recognize the importance of preserving that.

Local 793’s charter was expanded in 2014 by the General President of the IUOE to include Nunavut. Since then, Local 793 has continued to expand its presence in Nunavut where the local currently represents more than 900 members working at Baffinland Iron Ore Mines’ Mary River mine site in Baffin Island. Many of our members at the mine are Nunavummiut (those who inhabit or live in Nunavut).

Nunavut Day has particular significance to our Nunavummiut members and their families. Let us celebrate together by acknowledging the significant cultural, social and economic contributions of Nunavummiut to our country.

Making Tracks – Summer 2021 Digital Edition

Welcome to the digital edition of Making Tracks, the magazine. Digital magazines can be instantly accessed and read on tablets, smartphones, or other digital platforms anywhere and anytime. They enhance the user experience and offer links to important resources and information for quick access, as well as great video content! Utilizing current technology is a […]

Welcome to the digital edition of Making Tracks, the magazine.

Digital magazines can be instantly accessed and read on tablets, smartphones, or other digital platforms anywhere and anytime. They enhance the user experience and offer links to important resources and information for quick access, as well as great video content!

Utilizing current technology is a more-environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to publishing and keeping Local 793 members informed.

Enjoy this digital edition of Making Tracks!

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Local 793 recognizes National Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day

June is National Indigenous History Month and today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a time for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures and unique contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. While there is much to celebrate, there is also much to grieve. Full transparency […]

June is National Indigenous History Month and today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a time for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures and unique contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

While there is much to celebrate, there is also much to grieve.

Full transparency is needed to discover the truth behind Canada’s residential school tragedies

Last month, we learned about the terrible news of the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the lands of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in British Columbia. Since this tragic news broke, other bodies have been found near former residential schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
An estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children attended one of the more than 130 residential schools established in Canada between 1831 and 1996. The schools were government-funded and mostly run by the Catholic church. These children were taken from their families to be stripped of their culture, heritage, traditions and language with the goal of assimilating these children into a predominately European/western culture. These innocent children were subjected to physical and sexual abuse, and thousands died. The exact number is not known. In the 1950’s, Indigenous children attending a residential school had a greater likelihood of dying in that school than did soldiers fighting in both of the world wars.

The only way to discover the truth and support true reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples is to have full transparency and accountability. This begins with the Catholic church providing full disclosure of all records related to the residential schools. Without knowing the truth, it will be impossible to bring any meaningful closure to the thousands of Indigenous families who lost a child/children.

Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province would invest $10 million over the next three years on efforts to identify, investigate, protect and commemorate burial sites at former residential schools in the province. The federal government has set aside $27.1 million to assist Indigenous communities in identifying unmarked burial sites at former residential schools.

IUOE Local 793 stands with Indigenous people, both across the country and within our Union membership, as they call for action to bring truth and reconciliation to address the horrific tragedies that occurred at Canada’s residential schools.

RESOURCES:

Learn More About National Indigenous History Month
Learn More About Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous History in Canada

Getting vaccinated can bring us all back together. Faster.

IUOE, Local 793 supports the “Faster, Together” campaign launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada’s Building Trades Unions, and other labour organizations and businesses. Faster, Together is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help speed the recovery from this pandemic. The faster we all […]

IUOE, Local 793 supports the “Faster, Together” campaign launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada’s Building Trades Unions, and other labour organizations and businesses.

Faster, Together is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help speed the recovery from this pandemic. The faster we all do our part and get vaccinated, the faster we can all get back together, and get our lives and businesses back to normal.

The Faster, Together campaign is all about how we continue to “STAY SAFE! & STAY VIGILANT!”

Visit fastertogether.ca for more information about this campaign.

HOW TO BOOK A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT?
Click the link below to find out when and where you can get your shot:

Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

All provinces or territories: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/how-vaccinated.html#a1