Happy Father’s Day from Local 793

Father’s Day reminds us that our fathers have always taught us to never give up — keep moving ahead in life and achieving your goals. To our over 17,500 members, Local 793 extends warm greetings on Father’s Day. Have a wonderful day with your dad and kids.  

Father’s Day reminds us that our fathers have always taught us to never give up — keep moving ahead in life and achieving your goals. To our over 17,500 members, Local 793 extends warm greetings on Father’s Day. Have a wonderful day with your dad and kids.

 

Toronto Area Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic for Construction Workers Starting May 19th

TORONTO AREA POP–UP VACCINATION CLINIC FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS STARTING MAY 19th All construction workers and their spouses and family members aged 16 and up residing in the same household can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment starting May 19th.  This pop-up vaccination clinic will offer appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.  The quantity of vaccinations available […]

TORONTO AREA POP–UP VACCINATION CLINIC FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS STARTING MAY 19th

All construction workers and their spouses and family members aged 16 and up residing in the same household can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment starting May 19th.  This pop-up vaccination clinic will offer appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.  The quantity of vaccinations available is limited, so please book your appointment as soon as possible. You will need a company verification code in order to book your appointment (see code below).

This pop-up vaccination clinic is the result of the partnership efforts of EllisDon, Modern Niagara, Flynn Group of Companies and the Central Ontario Building Trades.

TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT NOW, CLICK HERE: https://ellisdon.simplybook.plus/v2/#

IMPORTANT: USE COMPANY VERIFICATION CODE: EDST

  • LOCATION: The clinic will operate at EllisDon’s Mississauga headquarters located at 1004 Middlegate Rd., #1000, Mississauga, ON, on the main floor galleria of the office.
  • TIME: The clinic will run from 10 am – 8 pm on weekdays and from 9 am – 5 pm on weekends and holidays.

SIGN UP FOR THE WILL CALL LIST:

If you are unable to schedule a vaccination appointment, there is a Will Call List for unused vaccines or appointment cancellations. To qualify, you must be able to get to the EllisDon office in 30 minutes when notified.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE WILL CALL LIST, CLICK HERE:  https://forms.gle/YAKhuya7R5Bqkiac8

QUESTIONS?

Please use the EllisDon e-mail helpdesk: edvaccineclinic@ellisdon.com

To view the pop-up vaccination clinic poster, click here

How the 2021 Federal Budget Impacts Local 793 Members

The federal government unveiled its highly anticipated spring budget on Monday, April 19, 2021, titled A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. Proposing $101.4 billion in new spending, the plan aims to support Canadian families and businesses during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay out a strategy for a post-pandemic economic recovery, […]

The federal government unveiled its highly anticipated spring budget on Monday, April 19, 2021, titled A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. Proposing $101.4 billion in new spending, the plan aims to support Canadian families and businesses during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay out a strategy for a post-pandemic economic recovery, and make Canada’s economy greener.

In the days ahead, the budget will be debated in Parliament, which may lead to changes being introduced by the minority Liberal government.

Key elements of the 2021 Budget, of interest to Local 793 members:

  • Infrastructure Investment: The budget highlighted few new infrastructure investments initiatives but highlighted over $13 billion on various projects including:
      • $2.5 billion investment and $1.3 billion reallocation in existing funding to speed up the construction, repair, or support of 35,000 affordable housing units.
      • $491.2 million over six years, starting in 2021-22, to VIA Rail Canada for infrastructure investments that would support the overall success of the high frequency rail project between Toronto and Quebec City.
      • $6.0 billion over five years, starting in 2021-22, with $388.9 million ongoing, to support infrastructure in Indigenous communities.
      • $35 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, to the National Capital Commission to support the acquisition and upkeep of federal assets, green infrastructure, and spaces in the National Capital Region.
      • $1.9 billion over four years, starting in 2021-22, to recapitalize the National Trade Corridors Fund (Infrastructure work on airports, ports, railway, transportation facilities and access roads).
      • $1 billion over six years, starting in 2021-22, to the Universal Broadband Fund to support a more rapid rollout of broadband projects in collaboration with provinces and territories and other partners.
      • Infrastructure Canada will conduct Canada’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment with an investment of $22.6 million over four years. This assessment would help identify needs and priorities for Canada’s built environment.
  • EI Changes and Recovery Benefits Extensions to Support Workers: The budget proposed $3.9 billion over three years for a suite of legislative changes to make EI more accessible for Canadians over the coming year while the job market begins to improve. Additionally, proposed was up to 12 added weeks of the Canada Recovery Benefit, for a maximum of 50 weeks. The first four of these additional 12 weeks will be paid at $500 per week and the remaining 8 weeks of this extension will be paid at a lower amount of $300 per week claimed, available up until September 25, 2021.
  • Investments in Indigenous Communities: More than $18 billion over the next five years, to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities for people living in Indigenous communities. These investments will support continued action on infrastructure and clean water.
  • Increased Skills Training: A proposed $470 million over three years, to Employment and Social Development Canada to establish a new Apprenticeship Service.
      • The service will help 55,000 first-year apprentices in construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades connect with employment opportunities.
      • Employers would be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for all first-year apprenticeship opportunities to pay for upfront costs such as salaries and training.
      • To boost diversity in the construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades, the employer incentive will be doubled to $10,000 for employers who hire those underrepresented, including women, racialized Canadians, and persons with disabilities.
  • Community Workforce Development Program: A proposed $55 million over three years for a Community Workforce Development Program. The program will support communities to develop local plans that identify high potential growth organizations and connect their employers with training providers to develop and deliver training and work placements to upskill and reskill jobseekers to fill jobs in demand.

Other significant budget highlights include the following:

  • National Child Care System: A proposed $30 billion over the next five years to ensure that all families have access to high-quality, affordable, and flexible early learning and child-care no matter where they live. Part of this plan is to lower child-care cost to an average of $10/day within the next 5 years.
  • Mental Health: A proposed $45 million over two years to help develop national mental health service standards as well as to support projects for innovative mental health interventions for populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including health care workers, front-line workers, youth, seniors, Indigenous people, and racialized Canadians.
  • Substance Use and Addictions Program: On top of the $66 million invested in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, a proposed $116 million over the next two years for the Substance Use and Addictions Program to support a range of innovative approaches to harm reduction, treatment, and prevention at the community level.
  • Rebuild Vaccine Development/Production: Canada’s bio-manufacturing and life-sciences sector will be rebuilt with $2.2 billion towards national capacity in bio-manufacturing and vaccine development and production.

 

Resources:

The Federal Budget 2021 Click Here

Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) Click Here

Union Issues Joint Letter of Support for Baffinland’s Phase 2 Mine Expansion

Mike Gallagher, IUOE Local 793 Business Manager and Lionel Railton, IUOE Canadian Regional Director submitted a joint letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board on April 9, 2021 expressing their strong support for the Phase 2 Mary River Mine Expansion Project on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Many union stewards at the mine and other contributors provided […]

Mike Gallagher, IUOE Local 793 Business Manager and Lionel Railton, IUOE Canadian Regional Director submitted a joint letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board on April 9, 2021 expressing their strong support for the Phase 2 Mary River Mine Expansion Project on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Many union stewards at the mine and other contributors provided excellent testimonials which were all included and highlighted in the joint support letter.

Approval of the Phase 2 Expansion Project will allow Baffinland to increase its annual production tonnage of iron ore from 6 million to 12 million tonnes.

CLICK HERE to read the joint letter of support in English.

CLICK HERE to read the joint letter of support in Inuktitut.

New Ontario Restrictions – What is Essential Construction

Last Friday the Ontario government announced new rules for construction work as part of its response to the rising cases of COVID-19. The bottom line is most construction work in the province is allowed to continue.  The sector most impacted by the new rules is ICI sector construction, but only private ICI construction (anything not […]

Last Friday the Ontario government announced new rules for construction work as part of its response to the rising cases of COVID-19.

The bottom line is most construction work in the province is allowed to continue.  The sector most impacted by the new rules is ICI sector construction, but only private ICI construction (anything not funded by one level of government) related to non-essential purposes, such as malls, hotels, casinos, car dealerships, plazas, movie theatres, etc.

Below is a detailed list of what is considered essential construction work, and therefore can continue, under the new government order:

Construction activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services, that,

(a) are associated with the health care sector or long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;

(b) ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in,
(i) municipal infrastructure, or
(ii) provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation,
resource, energy and justice sectors;

(c) support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage, natural gas distribution, transmission and storage or in the supply of resources;

(d) support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, schools, colleges, universities or childcare centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;

(e) are required for,
(i)  the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries,
(ii)  significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work commenced before April 17, 2021, or
(iii) industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance or enhancement of personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic;

(f) would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products;

(g) were commenced before April 17, 2021 and that would
(i) provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services,
(ii) provide additional capacity in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services, or
(iii) provide additional capacity to, or enhance the efficiency or operations of, businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials;

(h) support the operations of broadband internet and cellular technologies and services;

(i) are residential construction activities or projects and related services;

(j) preparing a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure;

(k) are necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused, or that are not active, to ensure ongoing public safety;

(l) are funded in whole or in part by,
(i) the Crown in the right of Canada or in right of Ontario,
(ii) and agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, or
(iii) a municipality; or

(m) are,
(i) intending to provide shelter or supports for vulnerable persons or affordable housing, and
(ii) being funded in whole or in part by, or are being undertaken by,
(A) The Crown in the right of Canada or in the right of Ontario,
(B) An agency of the Crown in the right of Canada or in the right of Ontario,
(C) A Municipality,
(D) A service manager as defined the Housing Services Act, 2011,
(E) A registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada), or
(F) A non-for-profit corporation

RESOURCES

Official Order in Council: Click Here

The OCS Summary of the Order: Click Here 

Happy Easter Long Weekend

Local 793 wishes all members and their loved ones a Happy Easter. Easter symbolizes a sense of joy, renewal, and new beginnings. These sentiments have never been more important as we continue to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. While public health restrictions will disrupt many of our Easter plans with family, friends and our […]

Local 793 wishes all members and their loved ones a Happy Easter.

Easter symbolizes a sense of joy, renewal, and new beginnings. These sentiments have never been more important as we continue to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. While public health restrictions will disrupt many of our Easter plans with family, friends and our communities, this provides us with a great opportunity to reflect and appreciate our loved ones over the holiday weekend. There is of course hope and light at the end of the tunnel with the availability of vaccines. Let’s continue to support each other and stay safe and stay vigilant.

This excerpt from Pope Francis’ message about encouragement and strength captures the essence of Easter perfectly:

“Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.”

Have a Happy and Healthy Easter weekend!

Local 793 is now accepting applications for heavy equipment pre-apprenticeship & apprenticeship programs

Are you looking for a new and exciting career? IUOE Local 793 is now accepting applications for our Heavy Equipment Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Programs at OETIO. Courses will be starting in May 2021. Please join us for our Online Information Session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:00AM For more information, visit: https://www.oetio.com/info-sessions

Are you looking for a new and exciting career? IUOE Local 793 is now accepting applications for our Heavy Equipment Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Programs at OETIO. Courses will be starting in May 2021.

Please join us for our Online Information Session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:00AM

For more information, visit: https://www.oetio.com/info-sessions

VIDEO UPDATE: Business Manager Mike Gallagher for December 10

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville, where he thanks the members for their vote of confidence in re-electing Team Gallagher in the 2020 IUOE Local 793 election. He also shares reasons to be optimistic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the financial health of the Union and the pension plan and […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville, where he thanks the members for their vote of confidence in re-electing Team Gallagher in the 2020 IUOE Local 793 election.

He also shares reasons to be optimistic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the financial health of the Union and the pension plan and the measures Local 793 has put in place to aide members through this difficult period.

Business Manager Gallagher also provides an update on OETIO and announces the upcoming retirement of Local 793 Vice President and Executive Director, Joe Dowdall.

He also wishes all Local 793 members and their family a safe and happy holiday season.

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

[00:42] Grateful for supporting Team Gallagher
[1:47] Reasons to be optimistic
[2:30] Camaraderie with Ken Boyle
[4:23] Health Canada approves COVID-19 vaccine
[6:31] Pension Plan update
[8:15] SUB Plan
[9:57] VP Joe Dowdall set to retire
[11:28] Rick Kerr named new Executive Director, OETIO
[12:12] OETIO remains financially strong
[13:10] Local 793 doing well financially
[13:38] Offices remain closed, meetings remain cancelled
[16:36] Members encouraged to report positive COVID-19 results
[18:10] Members Health
[19:05] Season’s greetings – stay safe

VIDEO UPDATE: Business Manager Mike Gallagher for September 28, 2020

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville. He discusses the surge in COVID-19 cases and announces a new shipment of 10 more KN95 masks for members to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The KN95 masks will be mailed to members along with a copy of Local 793’s […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher reports from head office in Oakville. He discusses the surge in COVID-19 cases and announces a new shipment of 10 more KN95 masks for members to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The KN95 masks will be mailed to members along with a copy of Local 793’s 100th Anniversary Journal.

Business Manager Gallagher also notifies members of the extension of the Local 793 Relief Grant for the months of October to December 31, 2020, as well as the launch date of the highly anticipated SUB Plan on November 1st, 2020.

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

[00:15] Surge Amid Second Wave
[00:41] Remain Vigilant
[1:10] Slow the Spread
[1:52] 10 More KN95 Masks to Members
[2:12] 100th Anniversary Journal
[3:12] Local 793 Relief Grant Extended
[3:56] Local 793 SUB Plan November 1st
[4:45] Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

Local 793 Relief Grant Extended until December 31, 2020

In March, the Benefit Plan Trustees established the Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant to assist eligible plan members and their families in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant will now be extended for the months of October to December 31, 2020 for those members who are newly affected or continue […]

In March, the Benefit Plan Trustees established the Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant to assist eligible plan members and their families in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant will now be extended for the months of October to December 31, 2020 for those members who are newly affected or continue to be affected in the months of October to December 31, 2020, with the extension of $250 per week top-up for those that meet the existing criteria.

The extended Emergency Relief Grant will now expire on December 31, 2020. Additionally, the previously passed COVID-19 Life and Health Benefit Freezing is scheduled to expire September 30, 2020. Extension of “Benefit Freezing” will continue for only those members who will fall out of benefits in the months of October to December 2020 as a result of NIL (zero) contributions coming from their respective employers.