VIDEO UPDATE: Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher for August 1, 2021

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher delivers a video message on Sunday August 1, 2021.  In this video, Business Manager Gallagher delivers the following updates: [0:55] PENSION PLAN STANDS STRONG – Excellent returns of 6.7% to the end of June 2021 [1:29] $162.5 million surplus on a going concern basis to end on December […]

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher delivers a video message on Sunday August 1, 2021.

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

[0:55] PENSION PLAN STANDS STRONG – Excellent returns of 6.7% to the end of June 2021
[1:29] $162.5 million surplus on a going concern basis to end on December 2020
[1:51] Trustees continue to manage pension defensively
[2:27] HEALTH & WELFARE PLAN IS DOING WELL – Committees continue to examine plan design including improvements
[2:53] COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE – Delta variant continues to spread, caution encouraged
[5:01] GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING UPDATE – Looking to safely hold meeting in late September or October if possible
[6:00] HEALTH AND SAFETY REMAINS A PRIORITY – Your Union continues to help ensure you are protected at work
[7:15] STRONGLY ENCOURAGE VACCINATION
[10:00] MANDATORY VACCINATION – Starting August 3rd all Local 793 staff subject to mandatory vaccination policy
[10:42] Starting next course intake, OETIO students and staff subject to mandatory vaccination policy
[12:20] PROTECTING STAFF AND MEMBERS AGAINST COVID-19 IS A TOP PRIORITY

Get the latest COVID-19 news

Local 793 is dedicated to providing members with the latest COVID-19 news so that you are able to stay informed on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the links below to read selected articles from reliable news sources. CBC: Canada could be seeing the start of a variant-driven 4th wave, chief health officer warns Washington […]

Local 793 is dedicated to providing members with the latest COVID-19 news so that you are able to stay informed on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the links below to read selected articles from reliable news sources.

CBC: Canada could be seeing the start of a variant-driven 4th wave, chief health officer warns
Washington Post: ‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe

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 wishes all members and their loved ones a happy Canada Day.

For many this holiday marks a time for celebration and relaxation. For others, especially Indigenous peoples, it symbolizes a painful past. It is important to realize that Canada Day does not represent the same thing and history for everyone. While opinions may differ on what Canada Day represents, mutual respect and a willingness to learn […]

For many this holiday marks a time for celebration and relaxation. For others, especially Indigenous peoples, it symbolizes a painful past. It is important to realize that Canada Day does not represent the same thing and history for everyone. While opinions may differ on what Canada Day represents, mutual respect and a willingness to learn can allow us to appreciate and understand each other’s perspectives so that we all grow together as a country.

Local 793 supports call for action to bring truth and reconciliation to Indigenous peoples

The unmarked graves of an estimated 751 people have been discovered at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan on Thursday. The number could be the most substantial to date found in Canada. The news came less than a month after the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation uncovered evidence of unmarked […]

The unmarked graves of an estimated 751 people have been discovered at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan on Thursday. The number could be the most substantial to date found in Canada.

The news came less than a month after the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation uncovered evidence of unmarked graves containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. There are certain to be more revelations.

These discoveries reopen old wounds about the lack of transparency and accountability around the residential school system in Canada, which forcibly separated indigenous children from their families and subjected them to malnutrition and physical and sexual abuse. These residential schools and unmarked graves represent the systemic racism and discrimination of Canada’s past and the effects are still felt today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pushed the Vatican to make an official apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the system. Pope Francis said in early June that he was pained by the Kamloops revelation and called for respect for the rights and cultures of native peoples. But he stopped short of the direct apology.

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:
Indigenous History in Canada
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

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

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.