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

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

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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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.

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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CALLING ON ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT FUTURE JOBS

  Engage with the federal government and show your support for investment in infrastructure ahead of the 2021 Federal Budget on Monday.   Investment in the construction sector will help get the economy on track, keep money in your pocket, and create thousands of jobs.   Visit Building 2021 and show your support now by sending a […]

 

Engage with the federal government and show your support for investment in infrastructure ahead of the 2021 Federal Budget on Monday.

 

Investment in the construction sector will help get the economy on track, keep money in your pocket, and create thousands of jobs.

 

Visit Building 2021 and show your support now by sending a letter to government and local MPs through the website. The letter is already drafted; you only need to provide your name, email, and postal code to submit it.

 

Please share this campaign with your Brothers and Sisters to encourage them to participate.

 

For more information:

 

  • Letter to all IUOE Canadian Business managers by Canadian Regional Director, Lionel Railton

https://iuoelocal793.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-04-14-Memo-CBTU-Campaign-for-the-2021-Federal-Budget.pdf

 

  • Government of Canada Announces Date of Budget 2021

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/03/government-of-canada-announces-date-of-budget-2021.html

 

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)