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

Ontario Government Introduces COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

Under the weight of mounting public and political pressure to address paid sick leave, the Ontario government has introduced and passed new legislation to provide three paid sick days as part of a provincial program to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton and Minister of Finance Peter […]

Under the weight of mounting public and political pressure to address paid sick leave, the Ontario government has introduced and passed new legislation to provide three paid sick days as part of a provincial program to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton and Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy made the announcement on Wednesday.

The program will require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave because of certain reasons related to COVID-19, including:

  • going for a COVID-19 test
  • staying home awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • being sick with COVID-19
  • going to get vaccinated
  • experiencing a side effect from a COVID-19 vaccination
  • having been advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by an employer, medical practitioner, or other authority
  • taking care of a dependent who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19

The program will allow eligible employers to apply for a reimbursement of up to $200 per day. The program will be retroactive from April 19 and extend to September 25.

The program will not require sick notes and workers will not have to fill out any forms or applications. Instead, the employer will pay the employee out of pocket and will be reimbursed by the province through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

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National Day of Mourning: Remembering Lives Lost or Injured In The Workplace – Renewing Our Commitment To Prevention

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job. It is also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent future workplace tragedy. Terribly, hundreds of […]

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job. It is also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent future workplace tragedy.

Terribly, hundreds of Canadians lose their lives in the workplace each year, with many more work-related deaths not accounted for. Recent data shows that construction had the most fatalities of any other industry in 2019, with 204 people killed in construction site accidents in Canada according to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health directives, Local 793 is unable to host a National Day of Mourning ceremony at the head office memorial garden and monument. Instead, we encourage members of Local 793 to watch this Day of Mourning feature video:

Tragically on February 24, 2021, 29-year-old Local 793 member Cody Proulx was killed in a workplace fatality in Sudbury.  His crane slid off an unsafe road.

Brother Cody was a 10-year member with Local 793.  He was a well-respected crane operator and sat on the Union’s provincial bargaining committee in 2019.

Cody left behind his wife Stephanie and their two young daughters.

If you would like to support the Proulx family during this difficult time, visit the GoFundMe link below.

Many virtual events are also being held by labour councils and their communities. To view a listing of the 2021 Day of Mourning virtual events, visit the appropriate link below.

The Local 793 memorial garden and monument was built to honour members who died as a result of a construction site accident or occupational illness. To explore the memorial garden and monument in 3D visit the link below.

IN MEMORY OF CODY PROULX

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COVID-19 Safety Inspection Blitz

On Thursday, April 15, the Ontario Government announced that they would begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites. Today (April 16), 200 workplace inspectors started visiting more than 1,300 construction sites to enforce safety requirements. The inspection campaign will focus on enforcing COVID-19 safety rules. Violations of COVID-19 restrictions may result in a fine of […]

On Thursday, April 15, the Ontario Government announced that they would begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites. Today (April 16), 200 workplace inspectors started visiting more than 1,300 construction sites to enforce safety requirements.

The inspection campaign will focus on enforcing COVID-19 safety rules. Violations of COVID-19 restrictions may result in a fine of up to $750 for individuals and $1,000 for businesses.

To help ensure that you are upholding proper COVID-19 safety requirements follow the Local 793 Safety Protocol for Jobsite Measures and checklist (see below), which cover the four Ps: Preparation – Prevention – Protection – Policing.

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Construction continues as Ontario imposes stay-at-home order

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a province-wide, stay-at-home order from Queen’s Park on Wednesday in an effort to control the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stay-at home order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Construction activities or projects and related services can continue to work under the […]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a province-wide, stay-at-home order from Queen’s Park on Wednesday in an effort to control the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stay-at home order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Construction activities or projects and related services can continue to work under the stay-at-home order, therefore construction sites remain open.

On Wednesday morning, Business Manager Mike Gallagher, on behalf of Local 793, sent a letter to Premier Ford urging the government to include construction workers as a priority group in Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. Gallagher stated that “IUOE Local 793 members cannot work from home, and together with the thousands of other building trades workers, have been the backbone of Ontario’s economy during this challenging past year.”

Read the letter in its entirety here or in the link below.

Ontario is reporting 3,215 new COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths on Wednesday. The province also reported a COVID-19 test positivity rate of 8.9 per cent a day ago, the highest rate in three months.

Throughout the pandemic, Local 793 has worked hard to stay on top of the rapidly evolving crisis. Drastic measures were taken to ensure safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as closing area offices, having staff work from home, cancelling general membership meetings and all monthly meetings.

“COVID-19 Fatigue” is to be expected, but it is important to remain vigilant and continue to use personal protective equipment (PPE), follow physical distancing guidelines, and implement hand hygiene practices to prevent COVID-19 transmission to ourselves, our families, and our co-workers. Most importantly, get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible to do so. See the link below for age eligibility in your area and how to book an appointment.

As always, stay safe and stay vigilant.

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VIDEO UPDATE: Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher for March 29, 2021

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville, where he provides the latest analytics on the Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant and the Local 793 SUB Plan. He also discusses further improvements to the Local 793 Life and Health Benefits Plan. He welcomes new members from Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville, where he provides the latest analytics on the Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant and the Local 793 SUB Plan. He also discusses further improvements to the Local 793 Life and Health Benefits Plan.

He welcomes new members from Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service as a result of a successful organizing drive and provides an update on other ongoing organizing drives.

Business Manager Gallagher also reports on the reorganization of the area offices, including looking at new properties in the Sarnia, Thunder Bay, and Barrie areas, and puts out a call to members looking for a new career as an OETIO instructor.

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

[00:44] – OEBAC sign up and running
[02:07] – Vaccine rollout a positive step toward normalcy
[2:50] – Potential new COVID-19 surge as cases remain high
[3:49] – Local 793 taking all precautions to reduce chances of infection
[05:18] – Report shows operating engineers are staying safe
[06:15] – By the Numbers: Summarizing Local 793’s Relief Grant and SUB Plan
[12:06] – Organizing success
[14:48] – Local 793 responds to false claims by Fowler Construction
[16:59] – Measures to improve the Life & Health Benefits Plan
[21:00] – Rethinking area offices
[26:10] – Wanted: OETIO instructors (tractor-loader-backhoe, dozer, mobile and tower crane experience)

Ontario 2021 Budget

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Finance Minister of Ontario, Peter Bethlenfalvy, released Ontario’s 2021 Budget titled: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The Ontario Construction Sectariat (OCS) has summarized the 2021 Ontario Budget, and it contains some initiatives and spending plans that are of interest to Local 793 and OETIO. Here […]

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Finance Minister of Ontario, Peter Bethlenfalvy, released Ontario’s 2021 Budget titled: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The Ontario Construction Sectariat (OCS) has summarized the 2021 Ontario Budget, and it contains some initiatives and spending plans that are of interest to Local 793 and OETIO. Here are some highlights:

Investment in Infrastructure

One of the key drivers of the government’s plan is to create growth through investment in infrastructure. This includes strategic investments in transit, highways, schools, hospitals and broadband. Planned investments over the next 10 years total $145.4 billion, including $16.9 billion in 2021-22. Key highlights include:

  • $30.2 billion over the next 10 years in hospital infrastructure.
  • More than $21 billion over 10 years to support the planning and/or construction of highway expansion and rehabilitation projects.
  • $200 million to provide infrastructure funding to larger, strategic projects and to sports facilities.
  • Doubling investments in the Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program, which will help address long-term infrastructure needs and fast-track shovel-ready on and off reserve projects. 

Helping Workers with the Cost of Training

Ontario is committed to helping workers learn new skills to further their careers. This includes: 

  • An estimated $260 million in support to about 230,000 people in 2021, the government is proposing a new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit, which would provide $2,000 per recipient for 50 percent of eligible expenses.
  • $85 million to support the Skills Development Fund to help training and employment organizations assist workers during the province’s economic recovery. The funded projects will give laid-off workers immediate access to training supports or new jobs, improve the quality of training, and support traditionally underrepresented groups. 

Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades

Ontario is investing a total of $288.2 million in 2021-22 in its Skilled Trades Strategy, which includes the following improvements:

  • Providing an additional $38.6 million over three years to expand the Specialist High Skills Major program.
  • Investing $3 million over three years in a new pilot bursary program for hands-on learning in the skilled trades.
  • Expanding the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
  • Developing a digital portal that will enable secure and convenient access to online information and services for apprentices.

Protecting Workers

Over the past year, Ontario initiated and implemented a wide range of measures to promote workplace health and safety, protect workers and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. Ontario is building on these efforts by ensuring that resources are available for employers and workers through initiatives that include:

  • Providing free occupational health and safety training for health and safety representatives in up to 60,000 small businesses by investing $3.5 million annually over a three-year period.
  • Increasing funding for the Ontario Mine Rescue program by $2.9 million in 2021-22.
  • Renewing the occupational health and safety strategy for 2021-26.

Providing Employment & Training Supports

Ontario continues to support workers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic by investing an additional $614.3 million during 2020-21 and 2021-22 to provide targeted employment and training supports. This includes:

  • $85 million to support Skills Development Fund to help training and employment organizations assist workers during the province’s economic recovery.
  • $117.3 million to assist women, racialized individuals, Indigenous peoples, youth and people with disabilities who are facing the highest rates of unemployment during the pandemic.
  • $194 million to further support Ontarian workers with additional employment and training programs and services that are responsive to the province’s economic recovery.

 

CLICK HERE to view the complete copy of the 2021 Ontario Budget

CLICK HERE to view the OCS Bulletin on the 2021 Ontario Budget

Government of Canada announces substantial investment in OETIO

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Pam Damoff, member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, joined Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher at the Union’s head office and training campus in Oakville on Monday, March 15, to announce a substantial federal government investment in two projects. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT […]

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Pam Damoff, member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, joined Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher at the Union’s head office and training campus in Oakville on Monday, March 15, to announce a substantial federal government investment in two projects.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Business Manager Mike Gallagher

Joining Gallagher and a limited number of guests for the announcement were Local 793 President Joe Redshaw, Treasurer/Executive Director of OETIO Rick Kerr, as well as OETIO apprentices and instructors. All COVID-19 safety protocols were adhered to for the event, including gathering limits, social distancing, mandatory face mask-wearing, and having hand sanitizer stations readily available.

“The overall objective of the funds is to improve the quality of training in the skilled trades and help tradespeople prepare for available jobs in the workforce as our economy continues to grow – especially post-pandemic,” Anand said.

Funding for the two projects comes through the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. It is part of the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) 2020 call for proposals that allocated $63.5 million over five years for 68 projects across Canada.

Both projects are funded 50 per cent through UTIP and 50 per cent through the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO).

The first project provides $698,000 to enable OETIO to purchase new equipment to ensure heavy equipment apprentices can meet the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Standards and evolving industry standards.

Heavy equipment upgrades include the purchase of a track excavator, a tractor-loader-backhoe, a bulldozer, and an autonomous remote-controlled excavator. These will allow OETIO to adapt to current technology and replace aging capital assets.

Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand

The second project is designed to respond to the impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure safety for all staff and students by shifting a portion of its learning to a virtual environment and adapting classroom settings.

The project received $633,700 to support program optimization in a post-COVID-19 environment, promoting innovation through apprenticeships. It will allow for the purchase of video equipment to record instructor lectures, demonstrations and tutorials, migration to Office 365, upgrades to classroom equipment and tablets, WIFI upgrades, classroom furniture and video recording of field exercises.

“We appreciate the support of the federal Liberal government allowing us to continue to provide high-quality training to both new apprentices entering the industry and to existing members seeking to upgrade their skills on the latest equipment,” Business Manager Gallagher said. “This investment is matched by the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, which represents an investment in OETIO and the entire construction industry to ensure we are able to purchase the latest equipment and train our apprentices.”

The investment from UTIP will also help reduce barriers in the trades among under-represented groups and ensure that skilled trades workers have the supports they require to succeed.

“The funding will also aid the participation of key groups in our labour force, like persons with disabilities, racialized minorities, Indigenous people and newcomers,” Anand said.

Local 793 has a long history of training those from key groups facing barriers and helping them get the training needed to launch well-paying careers in the trades.

“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, I have been so proud of the work Local 793 has done in the Indigenous communities,” Damoff said. “Keep up the great work. Your reputation is second to none when it comes to training.”

Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington Pam Damoff


Watch the announcement below:

Income tax receipts and T4A’s available online

Income tax receipts representing Union and working dues for the 2020 taxation year, as well as other taxable benefit receipts from OEBAC (T4A’s), are now available to download or print on the Union website. All tax receipts and T4A’s were mailed out to members’ home addresses by Thursday February 18, 2021. If you do not […]

Income tax receipts representing Union and working dues for the 2020 taxation year, as well as other taxable benefit receipts from OEBAC (T4A’s), are now available to download or print on the Union website.

All tax receipts and T4A’s were mailed out to members’ home addresses by Thursday February 18, 2021. If you do not receive your Union dues tax receipts and/or T4A slips by Friday, March 12, 2021, please contact the OEBAC Member Call Centre at 1-844-793-1919

To access your receipts online, log into your member profile on the Local 793 website and click DOWNLOADABLE TAX FORMS (see image below).

Barrie Office permanently closed

Please be advised that the Barrie Office is permanently closed, effective January 29, 2021. IUOE Local 793 is currently seeking a new office location.

Please be advised that the Barrie Office is permanently closed, effective January 29, 2021.

IUOE Local 793 is currently seeking a new office location.