REMINDER: General Membership Meeting on March 24

A reminder that a General Membership meeting of the Union is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2024. The meeting is being held in the OE Banquet & Conference Centre, next to the Union’s head office at 2245 Speers Road in Oakville. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Click here for directions to the banquet hall.

A reminder that a General Membership meeting of the Union is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2024.

The meeting is being held in the OE Banquet & Conference Centre, next to the Union’s head office at 2245 Speers Road in Oakville.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m.

Click here for directions to the banquet hall.

Brother Ken Boyle Honoured at Beloved YMCA

A memorial plaque honouring former Local 793 Executive Board member and Honourary Lifetime member Kenneth (Ken) Boyle was unveiled at the Sarnia YMCA (Jerry McCaw Family Centre) on Tuesday, October 24. Brother Boyle, who passed away on February 11, 2021, after a 50-year career that saw him work in the earthmoving and pipeline sectors before becoming a crane operator, took his personal fitness seriously and was a popular figure at his local YMCA, where he spent much of his free time. After his death, Local 793’s Executive Board voted to […]

A memorial plaque honouring former Local 793 Executive Board member and Honourary Lifetime member Kenneth (Ken) Boyle was unveiled at the Sarnia YMCA (Jerry McCaw Family Centre) on Tuesday, October 24.

Brother Boyle, who passed away on February 11, 2021, after a 50-year career that saw him work in the earthmoving and pipeline sectors before becoming a crane operator, took his personal fitness seriously and was a popular figure at his local YMCA, where he spent much of his free time.

After his death, Local 793’s Executive Board voted to donate $15,000 on behalf of members to the YMCA in Sarnia, with the money being used to ensure almost 100 children and seniors will be able to access a subsidized membership over the next five years.

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher shared some of his fondest memories of Ken at Tuesday’s ceremony, which was also attended by Ken’s brother and retired executive board member Bill, retired Southwest Ontario supervisor Bob McQueen, retired Sarnia business rep Vince Prout, current Southwest Ontario supervisor Steve Booze, and Sarnia business reps Mike Barons and Paul Knight.

The plaque honouring Brother Ken Boyle and his legacy will be affixed to the wall in the YMCA’s cycle training room, where he enjoyed so many happy hours.

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher shared some of his fondest memories of Ken Boyle at Tuesday’s ceremony.

The plaque honouring Brother Ken Boyle and his legacy will be affixed to the wall in the YMCA’s cycle training room, where he enjoyed so many happy hours.

Ken’s brother and retired executive board member, Bill Boyle.
Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher (centre) holds the plaque dedicated to the late Ken Boyle alongside Ken’s brother Bill (right) and Sarnia YMCA general manager Paul Skuza.
Plaque dedicated to the late Ken Boyle.

2023 Local 793 Halloween Kids’ Costume Contest

Members, you could win 1 of 3 gift cards by sharing your children’s spooktacular costumes in the annual Local 793 Halloween Costume Contest. PRIZES: 1st prize – $200 Amazon gift card 2nd prize – $100 Amazon gift card 3rd prize – $75 Amazon gift card *One gift card will be sent per winning family/household* HOW TO ENTER: Email a photo of your child (youth up to age 16) in costume to communications@iuoelocal793.org beginning Friday, October 27 and no later than Wednesday, November 1 at 11:59 PM. All entries must include the following: […]

Members, you could win 1 of 3 gift cards by sharing your children’s spooktacular costumes in the annual Local 793 Halloween Costume Contest.

PRIZES:
1st prize – $200 Amazon gift card
2nd prize – $100 Amazon gift card
3rd prize – $75 Amazon gift card
*One gift card will be sent per winning family/household*

HOW TO ENTER:

Email a photo of your child (youth up to age 16) in costume to communications@iuoelocal793.org beginning Friday, October 27 and no later than Wednesday, November 1 at 11:59 PM. All entries must include the following:

  • First name of the child in the photo
  • Name of the Local 793 member association to the child
  • Member’s registration number
  • Email address and phone number

All submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook Group page and winners will be determined by the most “likes.” We hope to see all our members voting!

The voting period will open on Thursday, November 2 and close Sunday, November 5, 11:59 PM.

KEY DATES:

  • Photo submission: October 27 to November 1 at 11:59 PM
  • Voting period: November 2 to November 5 at 11:59 PM

 

 

Oakville MPP Acknowledges OETIO’s Receipt of ACG Competitive Funding

Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford visited Local 793’s training institute, OETIO, to formally acknowledge receipt of the 2023 Apprenticeship Capital Grant Competitive Funding Program from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD). Funding was used to purchase eight simulator upgrades from CM Labs (four at the Oakville campus and four at the Morrisburg campus), as well as an excavator, which is expected to be delivered to Morrisburg in late October. Seen in the photo are Jeff Hewitt, OETIO Director of Training and Apprenticeship (left) and Oakville MPP Stephen […]

Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford visited Local 793’s training institute, OETIO, to formally acknowledge receipt of the 2023 Apprenticeship Capital Grant Competitive Funding Program from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).

Funding was used to purchase eight simulator upgrades from CM Labs (four at the Oakville campus and four at the Morrisburg campus), as well as an excavator, which is expected to be delivered to Morrisburg in late October.

Seen in the photo are Jeff Hewitt, OETIO Director of Training and Apprenticeship (left) and Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford at the IUOE Local 793 head office in Oakville.

The Apprenticeship Capital Grant Competitive Funding provides capital funding for training delivery agents to upgrade their equipment and training facilities in order to keep up with evolving technology and to train apprentices on equipment that is relevant to employers.

Jeff Hewitt, OETIO Director of Training and Apprenticeship (left), and Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford at the IUOE Local 793 head office in Oakville.

Important Notice for Members: Planned IT Upgrade Work

On the morning of Saturday, October 14, we will be conducting a scheduled power outage at our Oakville head office as the IT Department works to install an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system for our new computer servers. The outage will last for approximately 4-5 hours, beginning at 9 A.M. This upgrade is crucial to enhancing our infrastructure’s reliability, while also ensuring the integrity and safety of the Union’s and our members’ data. As a result, members will not be able to access services usually available through the Local 793 […]

On the morning of Saturday, October 14, we will be conducting a scheduled power outage at our Oakville head office as the IT Department works to install an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system for our new computer servers. The outage will last for approximately 4-5 hours, beginning at 9 A.M.

This upgrade is crucial to enhancing our infrastructure’s reliability, while also ensuring the integrity and safety of the Union’s and our members’ data.

As a result, members will not be able to access services usually available through the Local 793 or OEBAC websites or the OEBAC mobile app – such as paying Union dues or filing a benefits claim – for the duration of the shutdown.

We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary interruption may cause and very much appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Members Perform Rare and Complex Dig in Cobalt

Local 793 members are busy performing an integrity dig for TC Energy on a live natural gas mainline in Cobalt, Ont. This is a rare and very complex dig, as the slope is in excess of 15 degrees and requires precision and clear communication between the operator and his oiler. On site are Brothers Konnor Paquette (foreman), Brian Alexander (oiler/apprentice), Rick Paquette (superintendent) and Kevin Robideau (excavator operator). Brother Konnor is a 3rd generation member and Brother Rick is a 2nd generation member, proud son and grandson to retiree, Don […]

Local 793 members are busy performing an integrity dig for TC Energy on a live natural gas mainline in Cobalt, Ont. This is a rare and very complex dig, as the slope is in excess of 15 degrees and requires precision and clear communication between the operator and his oiler.

On site are Brothers Konnor Paquette (foreman), Brian Alexander (oiler/apprentice), Rick Paquette (superintendent) and Kevin Robideau (excavator operator). Brother Konnor is a 3rd generation member and Brother Rick is a 2nd generation member, proud son and grandson to retiree, Don Paquette.

L to R: Konnor Paquette (foreman), Brian Alexander (oiler/apprentice), Rick Paquette (superintendent) and Kevin Robideau (Excavator operator).

Members Working at Heights in Ottawa

Local 793 member and tower crane apprentice Shawn Heath operates a Terex 415 tower crane while working for Bellai Alliance on the new Ottawa Public Library at Albert and Commissioner Streets. The estimated cost of building the new mega-library, which officials promise will be a “world-class” facility, is $174.8 million.

Local 793 member and tower crane apprentice Shawn Heath operates a Terex 415 tower crane while working for Bellai Alliance on the new Ottawa Public Library at Albert and Commissioner Streets. The estimated cost of building the new mega-library, which officials promise will be a “world-class” facility, is $174.8 million.

Local 793 member and tower crane apprentice Shawn Heath operates a Terex 415 tower crane while working on the new Ottawa Public Library.

Happy Thanksgiving Long Weekend From Local 793

The officers, executive board members and staff of IUOE Local 793 would like to wish all our members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving long weekend. 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. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving long weekend. Please note that all offices will be closed Monday, October 9, 2023. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

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

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.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving long weekend.

Please note that all offices will be closed Monday, October 9, 2023. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

Exploring the Skilled Trades in Sudbury

Many young people explored the skilled trades and the in demand opportunities of the industry at the Level Up! jobs fair in Sudbury. Level Up! is a series of dynamic, multi-day career fairs highlighting the 144 skilled trades. Over 25,000 students in grades 7 to 12, as well as parents and jobseekers, have the opportunity to learn about these trades through interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities while hearing directly from tradespeople and local employers.

Many young people explored the skilled trades and the in demand opportunities of the industry at the Level Up! jobs fair in Sudbury.

Level Up! is a series of dynamic, multi-day career fairs highlighting the 144 skilled trades. Over 25,000 students in grades 7 to 12, as well as parents and jobseekers, have the opportunity to learn about these trades through interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities while hearing directly from tradespeople and local employers.

Many young people explored the skilled trades and the in demand opportunities of the industry at the Level Up! jobs fair in Sudbury.
Eric Giroux, Northeastern Area Supervisor at IUOE Local 793, showing a young student what it’s like to operate an excavator.

IUOE Local 793 Non-Profit Housing Stands Test Of Time

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793, reached a significant milestone, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the IUOE Local 793 Non-Profit Housing Corporation (Local 793 NPH). For three decades, Local 793 NPH, has been a beacon of hope, providing not just housing but a sense of community and belonging to a diverse group of individuals, including pensioners, single-parent families, the mentally and physically challenged, and others who have faced challenges in Toronto’s competitive real estate market. The construction and development of the 15-storey residential building at 2020 Don Mills […]

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793, reached a significant milestone, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the IUOE Local 793 Non-Profit Housing Corporation (Local 793 NPH).

For three decades, Local 793 NPH, has been a beacon of hope, providing not just housing but a sense of community and belonging to a diverse group of individuals, including pensioners, single-parent families, the mentally and physically challenged, and others who have faced challenges in Toronto’s competitive real estate market.

The construction and development of the 15-storey residential building at 2020 Don Mills Road in North York began in the fall of 1991 and when completed two years later, the building included 221 separate rental units, consisting of 76 one-bedroom units, 124 two-bedroom units and 21 three-bedroom units. 130 of the units were subsidized and 14 of those were fully accessible.

The building officially opened on November 12, 1993.

The Local 793 NPH board of directors have continuously worked to maintain and improve the building itself and the amenities it provides, including the formation of a vibrant tenants’ association and seniors’ club and creating a children’s play area and gym. By focusing on the needs of residents and not the bottom line, IUOE Local 793 is proud of its legacy in creating a place that so many people continue to call home.

(L to R): Jeff Hewitt (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH vice president), Justin O’Neill (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH president), Dave Turple (Local 793 vice president and former Local 793 NPH president), Bob Aykler (property manager), Lars Kristjansen (Local 793 NPH board member/resident), Bob Brook (Local 793 business rep and Local 793 NPH board member), and Mike Scott (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH treasurer).
(L to R): Jeff Hewitt (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH vice president), Justin O’Neill (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH president), Dave Turple (Local 793 vice president and former Local 793 NPH president), Bob Aykler (property manager), Lars Kristjansen (Local 793 NPH board member/resident), Bob Brook (Local 793 business rep and Local 793 NPH board member), and Mike Scott (Local 793 executive board member and Local 793 NPH treasurer).
Tenants at the non-profit apartment building in Toronto celebrated the 30th anniversary.
Tenants at the non-profit apartment building in Toronto celebrated the 30th anniversary.
Construction on Local 793’s non-profit housing development in Toronto began in fall 1991 and officially opened in November 1993.
Construction on Local 793’s non-profit housing development in Toronto began in fall 1991 and officially opened in November 1993.