Make sure your 2018 Defence Assessment is paid by no later than December 31, 2018. This will entitle you to a one-time contribution holiday for the calendar year 2019, in conjunction with our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

This is a $30 savings. Payments can be made on our website, or go to your local area office. Don’t delay. Get this done today.

Effective January 1, 2020 you will pay your regular Defence Assessment.


In order to be eligible, members must be in good standing with the union as of December 31, 2018.

They must also have their current defence assessments paid up to date (to the end of 2018) by no later than December 31, 2018.

If a member has already prepaid the $30 defence assessment for 2019, a credit will be applied to their account for a future year.

Any member who joins membership or pays their defence assessment following the deadline will be required to pay the regular defence assessment for 2019.

Local 793’s Defence Assessment

The fund provides money for “pay strike or lockout benefits to the members of Local 793 and its subdivisions, or any other expenses incurred as a result of a strike or lockout,” according to the by-laws.

The fund is administered by a committee comprised of the business manager, president, recording-corresponding secretary and one other officer selected by the business manager. Also, five other members who represent different regions of the province of Ontario as determined by the business manager.

Should the requirement arise, all eligible members who meet the criteria of the contribution holiday will be eligible for strike pay in 2019.