V o l u m e 2 - I s s u e 2
New 1995 president
plans to move forward
I t was a home-run election
victory this spring for brother
Bill Duck – Local 1995’s newly
elected president. Duck says it’s
time to move on and leave the
past in the past. He’s looking
forward to working with a new
slate of local executives who will
provide new insight to the local
that has been struggling for a
Knowing that things had to
change within the local is what
helped Duck persevere through Members of Local 1995 working on seismic upgrade at
the tough times. “I’m really feel- Walter Moberly Elementary School, in Vancouver.
ing good about the new slate of From left: Murray Srigley (standing front), Michael
executives who will offer fresh Marchioro, Ross MacDonald, Joe King and Brian Rose.
ideas as we plan our local’s fu-
ture.” Duck, who has been involved frustrated with the negativity
with the local since 1975 (then that has been getting us no-
The five new executives could 452), says that he understands where.”
also help restore the working that members want to see har- . . . 1995 continued on page 8
relationship between 1995 and mony within our union. “Mem-
CMAW Council. See also seismic upgrade – page 20
bers are saying they’re just plain
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president’s report - Page 2 cep president - Page 5 acker profile - Page 12
cwbp cuts benefits - Page 4 sec-treasurer report - Page 6 local turns 100 - Page 14
Raid report propaganda in the mail, or on
the job site, please contact and
The annual B.C. raid period advise your CMAW local union
(Nov. 1 to Dec. 31) is upon us representative.
and many of you will be ap-
proached by representatives Saskatchewan
from the UBCJA.
CMAW’s partner, CEP, has se-
During the last six years we have cured work on the Belle Plaine
been forced to protect ourselves site in Saskatchewan. This means
against this U.S.-based under- that carpenters from all parts of
handed and corrupt leadership. British Columbia are currently
. . . It’s interesting to note that employed on the project, along
UBCJA has never won a raid vote with a sizeable contingent of
where there wasn’t at least some Saskatchewan locals.
employer collusion. So, if they’re
such a good thing, then why The project involves a substan-
must they turn for support from tial civil package, and related
employers while offering cut-rate mechanical work. Because of the
collective agreements? quality of our members’ work,
Mosaic Potash Corp (the own-
Ten years ago, the men and
Jan Noster er) has also awarded a second
women of CMAW voted over- project – the Esterhazy Storage
whelmingly in favour of dump- Shed. During the next few years,
ing the UBCJA and forming The contractor was somewhat CMAW hopes to become one of
CMAW. Our intention was then, horrified that the UBCJA would the largest construction unions
as it is now, to have an autono- approach him and offer a collec- in the province of Saskatchewan.
mous Canadian union. And this tive agreement that contained
is their greatest fear – they know no protection from the employer CNRL
that other union members in being able to subcontract 100
Canada will eventually come to per cent of the work to non- CMAW members recently rati-
the same conclusion we came union carpenters. The agree- fied a new collective agreement
to – that the only way for carpen- ment UBCJA offered, in effect, for workers engaged in the main-
ters to truly protect their own in- provided no union protection tenance of CNRL’s huge Hori-
terests is to band together in the whatsoever! zon Oil Project in Fort McMur-
place where they live. Canada! ray. (We currently have more
Brothers and sisters, CMAW is than 150 members employed on
I recently obtained a copy of a our union. Let’s not allow an the project and we hope to pick
presentation that UBCJA made undemocratic American union, up some more work when Phase
to a CMAW contractor. that does not have our best in- 2 begins sometime in the next
terests at heart, destroy what we year.)
have built. If you receive UBCJA
CLRBC in the first place. And, the rest of
In order for members to access us also want to know that there
Along with fellow council Boies, you must first contact your will be benefits in place when we
officers (Pat Haggarty, Chris local union office. The office retire.
Polanski and Paul Nedlec), I will then ask CMAW Council for
attended CLR BC’s 40th anniver- approval to engage her services. So it’s up to us to fix this prob-
sary celebration in September. lem together, and to fix this
CWBP cuts retirees problem now.
(For those of you who don’t
know, the unionized employers Without consulting our mem-
group in B.C. is represented by bers, or the elected men and Training
Construction Labour Relations women of this union, the trust-
of British Columbia.) ees of the Carpentry Workers’ As I’ve previously reported,
Benefit Plan decided to cut CMAW put more than 500 mem-
For the last several years, while benefits to our retirees. bers through training courses
we waited for the BC Labour this year. We also paid out more
Relations Board to rule on Our CMAW Executive Board than $100,000 in bursaries to
CMAW’s status, we didn’t have a finds this completely unaccept- apprentices in order to offset
lot of formal contact with CLR able and is actively pursuing school costs.
BC. alternatives that would restore
most of the benefits that have Next, we plan to obtain certi-
I am pleased to report that we’ve been lost. This will not be cheap, fication for our safety training
turned the page and renewed quick, or easy, but we are com- in the Fort McMurray area and
our relationship with the orga- mitted to finding a solution then roll out our Journeyman
nization. This did not go unno- – not only for retirees, but for Scaffold Upgrade Course. This
ticed by the union contractors the future of our current active will allow our members to obtain
present at the celebration. We members. certification in scaffolding.
had some really positive interac-
tions with B.C. contractors like Now, to be frank, no benefit Work safe. And remember,
Viking Construction, WIC Con- plan that provides coverage to CMAW is your union. Feel free
struction, and Kingston Con- retirees is going to be a really to contact me at the CMAW
struction. I’m looking forward to good deal. Insurance companies office with any questions or
working with the CLR BC in the are not in the business of char- concerns. My phone number
future. ity, and will only pay out less is 604-437-0471. Or, you can
than they take in. However, rest reach me by e-mail at
WCB advocacy assured that we will find the best firstname.lastname@example.org
coverage, for the best price.
I am pleased to advise members Jan Noster
that CMAW has engaged a Work- Certainly, we recognize that President
ers Compensation Board advo- coverage needs to be provided to
cate. Her name is Karen Boies. the members who built the plan
CWBP cuts benefits to
W ithout prior consulta-
tion with our CMAW Executive
tion locals. Local 2020 has gone
on record opposing the trustees
making key decisions that im-
pact our members.
Board, CWBP chair, brother decision, and Local 2300 has
John Davies, and the trustees, called for the resignation of the At the time of writing this article
recently terminated benefits trustee. it has not been confirmed wheth-
provided to retired construc- er Davies has accepted invitation
tion workers. The plan owners, The locals have deemed the to these meetings.
CMAW, has declared this action decision to cut retired members’
unacceptable and is working to benefits arbitrary, and that it In the meantime, members are
find options for those affected came about without a word of advised that CMAW has struck
by the cuts. mention forewarning anyone a Benefits Committee to review
of a potential change. They’re potential alternatives, and to
This termination of benefits was appalled that mention of it did see what the costs are to replace
unexpected. CWBP suddenly not even appear in the plans’ benefits for our members.
advised retired members that newsletter which was sent out
their benefits were being cut in a this past spring, although it did Retirees affected by this plan cut
letter that included the cost of an mention a “new model of coop- are also advised to let their local
alternate carrier they might like eration.” know their PharmaCare Card
to consider. CWBP provided no number.
explanation of their actions to ac- Members want to know if this is
tive members, or to locals. (Locals the type of cooperation the plan If you do not have a PharmaCare
were merely sent notice that the chairperson wants? Local 2020 card you are encouraged to ap-
subsidy to provide benefits to is demanding that Davies attend ply for one as soon as possible.
retired members was no longer two hall meetings on Vancouver (As you may be aware, Pharma-
affordable.) Island to explain the rationale Care is the government agency
behind this decision and to look that subsidizes the cost of drugs
CMAW agrees that the $39 per at alternatives. and MSP, based on three per
month payment retirees made cent of your family’s combined
towards their benefits was not Local 2020 president, brother Dave income.)
sustainable. However, CMAW Crosby, said it may be easier to
also believes that more options call for the removal of the trust- You can register for PharmaCare
should have been pursued and ees (to ask for their resignation) on line at:
considered, as opposed to the who supported the decision, and
quick-and-dirty boot out the to replace them with persons www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare
door that transpired. who have a better understanding
of the nature of a democratic
Phone calls have been pouring process and the ability to involve
into CMAW, along with letters our membership – or in this case
of complaint from our construc- the CMAW Executive Board – in
coles says vision & strength
needed like never before
CEP President, Dave Coles
W hen we look at the
bloody mess this country is in,
ment of Newfoundland stepped
up to work with CEP and provid-
and see the shattered lives of ed $45 million in severance pay.
hundreds of thousands strewn
like so much industrial debris But the federal government did
across industrial Canada – it’s nothing. That is, until we occu-
clear that the labour movement pied Conservative Party offices,
needs strength and vision like including four cabinet minis-
never before. ters, and then called a national
day of action on June 2 when
Capitalism is broken. The system we blocked the Trans-Canada
has failed us. Huge companies Highway, brought thousands of
are going into bankruptcy and our members to Ottawa, and
hiding behind legislation to at- stopped the traffic in front of
tack workers and gut our collec- the Prime Minister’s offices.
tive agreements. We are losing
a pension plan a week. We are Dave Coles That resulted in a partial pro-
being sold out by our economic gram from the federal govern-
At CEP, we fought Petro-Canada ment – but only half the relative
bosses and our political leaders.
and won a 13-month lockout to value of what the Americans
Isn’t it time to challenge the preserve national bargaining, are doing to salvage their forest
system that is falling around us? and at AbitibiBowater and many industry, and of course, to this
Isn’t it time to draw our line in other mills in the forest sector, date, not a penny has been actu-
the sand and say no more con- our members have said enough ally delivered.
cessions? Isn’t it time to come is enough.
together as a movement and But, I have to say that there are
The result is that the govern- some missing ingredients in our
ment of Quebec has provided fight-back.
Of course, CEP and many other loan guarantees for some com-
unions are fighting back. I panies. In Newfoundland, when We have not yet been able to
salute the workers in the auto AbitibiBowater closed its mill break through the noise with a
and airline industry who have in Grand Falls, the government clear analysis of why this system
navigated treacherous waters took back its timber and water is broken and why and how it
and maintained their wages and rights. must be changed.
pensions. CUPE won important
And when the company denied And we have not yet combined
struggles this past summer in To-
severance pay to those workers our struggles with those in other
ronto and Windsor. The Steel-
who lost their jobs – Premier unions to form a line in the sand
workers are fighting very hard at
Danny Williams and the govern- that we can all stand behind.
Vale Inco in Sudbury.
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Secretary - Treasurer’s Report
I hope you enjoyed your summer Given the fact that the building
and that it was a safe one. had not changed owners –
Local 1346 remains the sole
It has been a busy summer for owner of the building – the
our council office. executive immediately looked
into how to avoid the possible
In July, CMAW participated in tax and learned that to avoid
more meetings to settle out- capital gains UBCJA would have
standing issues with the UBCJA. to sign the necessary owner/
name change transfer
The Labour Relations Board paperwork.
(LRB) has been working with
UBCJA and the rest of the build- UBCJA refused, of course.
ing trade unions in an effort to Pat Haggarty
put together a structure whereby The issue then went to the
CMAW will fit into the Bargain- Labour Relations Board where
ing Council of British Columbia CMAW Council was able to point
Building Trades Unions (BCB-
Local 1346 Vernon out that this violated a condition
CBTU). avoids tax of the UBCJA/CMAW agree-
ment which permitted locals to
Vernon Local 1346 executives retain their assets. Michael
Next year will be another year of
turned to CMAW Council for Fleming of the LRB agreed
negotiations with Construction
assistance when recently faced that this was a possible violation
Labour Relations (CLR). The
with a real estate problem — of that agreement and recom-
key is to figure out how CMAW
their building’s land title was mended a process to facilitate
and the UBCJA carpenters will
still in the name of “UBCJA the transfer.
negotiate within the framework.
Michael Fleming, vice chair of Local 1346.”
The necessary paperwork is
the LRB has drafted an outline
When they tried to transfer currently being completed and
of how he thinks it might work
ownership to CMAW Local ultimately Local 1346 should
and the CLR has been coopera-
1346, the taxation office ad- be able to have their building
tive in seeing it come to fruition.
vised the local that a transfer transferred into their current
of ownership implies that a sale name and avoid paying capital
has taken place and therefore gains tax.
they would be required to pay
capital gains tax on the
Executive committee updates As a result of the removal of by independent carriers, the
UBCJA locals that served the committee suggested that
At our June executive board
area around Mission/Chilliwack CMAW do some research and
meeting several sub-committees
and Kelowna, CMAW had to re- review how CWBP compares to
were struck. Here is a status
assign these areas to the appro- these other plans. (The review
report of what these committees
priate CMAW local. would take into consideration
are working on:
hourly rates and also the ab-
Structure Review sence of MSP in the CWBP
Dispatch Committee: Committee: benefit plan.)
Members are reviewing provin- The committee was struck to
Locals that have their own inde-
cial construction dispatch rules review how we can streamline
pendent benefits coverage are
with a view to standardizing procedures to improve efficiency
Local 506 – Shipbuilders, Local
procedures among locals. and cost effectiveness. Members
1928 – Industrial, Local 2511
of the committee are also review-
– Industrial, Local 470/3000c –
Constitution Committee: ing several new concepts for our
union’s organizational structure.
The committee was directed to
review the resolutions brought CMAW industrial
forward at our 2008 CMAW Fight for reciprocity
convention. Recommendations CMAW has been unsuccessful in
have been submitted to our exec- attempts to receive the chairper- Our council office has also
utive board for consideration. son’s cooperation on the issue of been busy assisting locals with
reciprocity. Chairperson, brother contract renewals. Details are
Training Committee: John Davies, even suggested that covered under Local News, on
The committee is reviewing the CMAW look at another admin- page 10.
criteria of who should be istrator to collect the contribu-
entitled to receive the CMAW tions sent in by contractors.
bursary, which recently in-
creased to $500. Due to this lack of cooperation, In solidarity,
and also recognizing that several
Jurisdiction Committee: CMAW locals have their own Pat Haggarty
separate benefit plans provided Secretary-Treasurer
Members of this committee are
reviewing construction local
. . . 1995 continued from front page
CWPP area includes welcoming
Duck says that the lack of har- an improved local bulletin and discussion and debate, no matter
mony between 1995 and CMAW the website will also receive an what the topic. “But, at the end
Council has been damaging overhaul. of the day we need to leave those
and that it has even caused discussions at the table and part
some members to choose other with a brotherly handshake – not
unions. “A lack of harmony gives with hostility or animosity.
an advantage to our competing
unions. This needs to stop, now.” “We are one union and need to
begin to recognize this. Fight-
Duck also hopes to work harmo- ing is for our opposition, not
niously with our parent union our own brothers and sisters,” he
– CEP. “I know they’re there to adds.
support us and help to make our
union stronger.” Duck believes that it would be
beneficial for our pension and
Although the new executive is benefits people to also be in-
armed with brotherly spirit and volved at the bargaining table.
good intentions, Duck says that Bill Duck “I would really welcome this – I
as far as work is concerned it’s no think it’s important that they be
Duck also has plans to work on
secret that times are bad right there too.”
further improving the relation-
now and that we need to hope
ship between the local and our
this recession ends soon so that Overall Duck says that members
pension and benefits area.
people can get back on the job. should feel reassured that things
“I’m looking forward to estab- will change for the better in all
“The last six months have been respects for 1995 and he wel-
lishing an even more harmoni-
the slowest I’ve ever seen it,” comes and encourages thoughts
ous and respectful relationship
Duck says, adding that poor and ideas. He says he’s also there
with everyone in our pension
economic times has put a hold to hear any concerns.
and benefits area. This is imper-
on major projects the local was
ative so that we can work togeth-
anticipating. “There’s obviously “We work for our members and
er to make necessary improve-
just no money right now.” I want members to feel comfort-
ments to our health and welfare
plan,” he emphasizes. “And, I able contacting us. I want mem-
But while the local is waiting for bers to know they can contact us
know that members would also
the work situation to change, the any time and shouldn’t wait for
like to be better informed of all
new executive will not sit idle. bad times to get in touch.”
“We have plans to clean up shop
and improve many areas during Members can reach Bill Duck
(Duck encourages members who
this time,” Duck reports. at 604-437-0491 or by e-mail at
have pension and benefits ques-
tions to contact the CWBP/CWPP email@example.com
A priority he says is to address
office directly at 604-438-2434, or
the need to communicate more Members should also feel free to
toll free 1-877-411-2806.)
effectively with members. contact business agent Eugenio
Part of establishing a stronger Zanotto at 604-329-4788 or by
Local 1995 can expect to see e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
relationship with our CWBP/
Coles says vision needed
. . . continued from page 5
CEP is ready for that. I know largest company in Eastern there have always been two
that other unions are ready. Canada is under bankruptcy things we could count on.
We need leadership. We need protection and we must now go
strong voices. We just need a to the table with that company First, the membership who
spark to light the fire. to renew our pattern. have never let us down. And
second, the solidarity and
We must keep on organizing The core issue will be the pen- friendship of others in our
and protesting. I don’t mean sion plan. The company will labour movement.
quiet and polite affairs on Par- demand we give up our pen-
liament Hill and letters to the sion plan – even though we I know we can count on this
editor. We have learned that if have a negotiated moratorium again, and our allies can count
you let them ignore you, they on changes to the pension plan on CEP to stand with them as
will. And we won’t be ignored until 2014. they take on challenges.
This is quite possibly the big- The summer started out wet
Our goal is quite simple – in gest challenge our union has and cold, but it’s hot and dry
the next election, not one Con- ever faced in the forest in- out there now. So let’s start
servative is to be elected in any dustry. We know, as you have some fires.
forest industry riding. As for learned, that there are no cape
the Liberals, when we met with crusaders who will rescue us,
Dave Coles is the president of the
Michael Ignatieff and other or silver bullets that change
Communications, Energy and
Liberal leaders, we made our everything. We will have only Paperworkers’ Union of Canada.
position clear. They wanted to our solidarity, and our resolve
speak at our rallies in Montreal to act together.
and Ottawa. We said, if you
say clearly that you will sup- We have to remember that for
port our demands to save jobs a union every win and every
– sure. But they did not, and so loss is relative. The really im-
far have not. And they remain portant factor is the unity and
today part of the problem. strength of our membership.
For CEP this means that we
That is the political side. It move forward together, and if
is difficult enough, but the we must, we step back together
bargaining side will be more and we maintain our pattern
difficult. bargaining system.
We have a 50-year system of This is not the first time we
pattern bargaining in pulp and have faced great challenges.
paper in Canada – two pat- And whenever we have been
terns, one West, one East. The in tough and had to dig deep
council assists has been downsized by 60 per “While the proposed member
cent. (The company is down to wage increases did not look to
Industrial 20 workers, from an original be attainable this year, on July
Locals with 60.) 28 we reached a tentative agree-
ment for a three-year deal.
bargaining “Negotiations went as expected.
The company argued that the The agreement, which would ex-
Structurlam Products: unstable conditions would pire Apr. 30, 2012, calls for a 50
not allow for wage increases. cent increase this year, two per
Our CMAW executive recently We were however successful cent in the second year, and two-
assisted Local 2511 Penticton in obtaining money to cover and-a-half per cent in the third,”
in their bargaining efforts with increased health and welfare says Haggarty.
Structurlam Products. (Chris costs. Members will receive 17
Polanski, who replaced recently cents per hour, effective May 1, In addition to the wage increase,
retired Tony Heisterkamp, does 2009 and another seven cents employees with 10 or more years
not yet have sufficient experi- per hour, effective Dec. 31, of service, or who have reached
ence in this area.) 2009,” Haggarty reports. the age of 50, will receive a $500
pension contribution, effective
Structurlam, a manufacturer of “We will be going back to the Sept. 1, 2009.
laminated beams, is nearing the table this fall when an increase
end of a three-year agreement, in work orders will provide us The employer will also provide
created back when work was with more bargaining power,” a new health and welfare plan
abundant. he says. carrier.
Our secretary-treasurer, brother (A ratification vote was sched-
Pat Haggarty, says that as a result Pacific Truss – Duncan: uled for the last week in August.)
of our poor economy, our bar-
gaining strength has weakened. Negotiations are ongoing with
“The current reality is that we this Local 2020 employer. Not
are faced with across-Canada unlike Structurlam, Pacific
and U.S. competition for fewer Truss has decreased their work-
jobs.” force significantly – down to 13,
from a high of 75.
The Okanagan has lost thousands
of jobs during this recession and
the Structurlam Products crew
west bros reno
Local 1928 member Joe Demelo
shows off the West Bros Frame
& Chair recent expansion that
provides more shop space with
better lighting, and a new lunch
room. The larger work area
could potentially mean more
work for our members.
From left: Joe Demelo, Geraldino Raposo
Shell Albian Sands millwright crew
506 is hoping
for a better
end to year
Business agent Bob Eaton says
that Marine & Shipbuilders Local
506 is hoping for a better second
half of the year.
"We went from boom to bust,” he
reports, “but we’re hoping things
will begin to turn around.”
Our millwright crew, at Shell Albian Sands Project, send A little good news for Local 506
greetings to CMAW. Albian is the operator of the Muskeg members is that despite these
River Mine, an oil sands mining project located 75 km poor economic times, their pen-
north of Fort McMurray. At production, the Muskeg River sion plan, which is administered
Mine can produce 155,000 barrels a day of crude bitumen by Blue Cross, is holding up
– a naturally occurring semi-solid form of crude oil. better than most.
Acker takes the wheel with a
drive to do better
D riven by the need to
protect fellow members, brother
year until BCM called him
back to work, and within a
Louis Acker has never hesitated couple years he ran for his
to jump into the driver’s seat first union position – shop
whenever necessary. steward.
Throughout almost three de- Acker says, “The guys in the
cades of loyal membership, shop needed someone to
he has held almost every local represent them. At the time,
executive position. And in May I was one of four stewards,
he became the new president and then low and behold I
of Local 1928. This time, he was elected head shop stew-
says, he was driven to respond to ard,” says Acker.
members’ need for a change in
administration and to promote While he never set out to be
and protect our union from the president of his local, this
competition. is where his willingness to Louis Acker
help out – wherever his fellow
Acker, who is originally from members and union needed him
Improvements that Acker plans
Nova Scotia, first began working – ultimately led him.
to make include implementing
on the boats after obtaining his
training courses that he says
fourth class marine engineer’s As the new president, he says his
have been missing for too long.
ticket. But the need for steady primary objective is to move the
Training will include shop stew-
work encouraged him to come local in the right direction while
ard and display courses. “We’ve
to Vancouver. Acker soon joined never forgetting that he works
acquired many new members in
BCM Manufacturing, where his for the members.
the last few years. We need to
brother was already employed,
start telling them and educat-
and also joined our union. “I’d like everyone to be as proud
ing them about the benefits of
as I am to be a member of 1928.
our union, and hopefully we’ll
He was laid off, just one year I plan to be accessible to all
encourage them to get more
later, when the recession of the members – this includes visiting
involved,” he says.
early 80s hit. So Acker headed work sites and listening to con-
back to Nova Scotia and went cerns,” says Acker.
commercial lobster fishing for a
. . . continued next page
. . . Acker continued
Despite these poor economic “This should translate into
June 1959 – July 2009
times, Acker is happy to say more work for our members –
that Local 1928 has maintained we’ll no doubt see our display
most workers in shops and in area expand.”
the display industry. “Although
some shops are down as much This long-time union supporter
as 25 per cent, some are up.” says he is also hoping for better
economic times ahead. And,
Kingspan (formerly Zerloc), a he’s really happy with recent
manufacturer of industrial insu- election results because he feels
lated panels with customers like that many honest, democratic
Volkswagen, laid off half their CMAW supporters are now in
employees in late 2008. But early place.
this spring they hired everyone
back, plus about 22 new mem- Acker says he’s looking forward
bers. “They have three shifts to working with Local 1995 and offley (left) at his
working and they’re continuing other sister locals – where Local 50th birthday party,
to hire,” Acker reports. 1928 calls for assistance when with jim Pearson
they occasionally exhaust their
While display work has been own resources and have the op- It is with great sadness that
down about 30 per cent due to portunity to offer a little work Local 1928 advises members
the downsizing of trade shows, to other members. of the passing of brother
with the Olympics on the hori- David Offley.
zon Acker says we’re going into In his spare time, Acker can
the unknown and that there be found on a golf course or Offley was a former executive
could be a need for a lot of dis- driving around his 16-year-old board member of the local.
play work as venues are set up. daughter and her friends. For the last four years, he
served as a trustee, until ill-
“And after the Olympics are ness forced his resignation.
done, we’re expecting a series
of big trade shows to come to He will be remembered by
Vancouver now that they can all as a dedicated, hardwork-
be accommodated at our new ing member and will be sadly
Trade and Convention Centre,” missed.
Offley was a 10-year employee
at Cove Tops Ltd., in Burnaby.
Oldest chartered local in
Western Canada turns 100
I n 1906 a steamer entered
Prince Rupert’s harbour, then
known as Tuck’s Inlet, with two
carpenters onboard who’d ar-
rived to build a cookhouse and
tool shed. This was the first step
in the construction of the town
of Prince Rupert and also in the
formation of Local 1735. This
August, the local which is the
longest continuously charted
Local in Western Canada, proud- Steamer Constance in 1906
ly celebrated its centennial. World War. members and covers an area of
more than 120,000 square kilo-
In 1909, Local 1735 was char- After the war, fishery expan- metres of B.C.– with members
tered and members worked to- sion, mining, and developments in almost every community from
gether right from the beginning. including pulp mills, ports in Port Neville to the Yukon bor-
When the local was first formed, Prince Rupert and Alcan in Kiti- der, west from Quick, and to the
members collaborated to offer mat created the need for hous- Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida
either a day’s pay or a day’s work ing and facilities for workers and Gwaii.
to build a union hall. Although families. All of this contributed
they had no money to purchase to a healthy construction indus- On behalf of all members of
property, they had Jack Hildrith try and the number of members CMAW, we wish 1735 a very hap-
– a 1735 member who was also soared to 1,500. py 100th year! And, we tip our
alderman on the first city coun- hats to all workers – the real skill
cil. Hildrith obtained permis- By the 1960s the union had and muscle behind the mines,
sion to build a hall on the Fraser moved into a new building – the mills, railways and smelter that
Street lane allowance. original one was demolished to have contributed to the wealth
make way for the Fisherman’s of so many.
The local then happily operated union hall which is still there
out of this building for almost today, along with its longtime To help celebrate its 100th anniver-
50 years before the city finally tenant – Local 1735. sary, local businesses, construction
discovered that they had never employers and even members have
been billed rent or property In more recent years, a shrink- generously donated funds. Local
taxes. ing economy in Northwestern 1735’s Centennial Committee is
B.C. translated into fewer con- busy working to plan an appropri-
The busiest period for 1735 was struction projects, and many ate way to commemorate the occa-
during the 1940s when it ex- members have had to leave to sion while taking into account its
panded into the interior, along find work elsewhere. far-flung membership.
with the towns that grew in
population during the Second Today, the local represents 190
News & Views
Dam expansion project will
create work for carpenters
M embers of Local 2300
are waiting for the opportunity
to truly celebrate CMAW’s Dec.
2008 supreme court win which
declared our union the official
representative of carpenters on
the Allied Hydro Council (AHC)
in December 2008.
The opportunity for members to
celebrate will definitely come to
fruition for members when the
Waneta dam expansion project
begins – as early as this fall.
years to complete and will em- stream will be reduced. (This
The current preferred contrac-
ploy as many as 100 members at will improve water quality for all
tor for the project is SNC
peak times.” aquatic species downstream of
Lavalin. Our members would be
employed by them and repre-
sented under the Allied Hydro The Waneta expansion consists
of the construction of a second While this multi-million dol-
Council/Columbia Hydro collec-
powerhouse at the dam, which lar project is the largest block
is located on the Pend d'Oreille of potential work currently on
River, south of Trail. the horizon for Local 2300, the
Business agent and Kootenays
local has its ear to the ground
vice-president brother Paul Ne-
In addition to creating clean, re- and is also hoping for upcoming
delec says, “Not unlike other lo-
newable power for our province, smaller jobs.
cals, our members of Castlegar’s
Local 2300 have been feeling the Waneta expansion will also
the pinch of the recession with provide environmental benefits
about 65 per cent out of work. for the Columbia River.
We’re hopeful that this project
will go ahead as planned. The second powerhouse will re-
duce the amount of water spilled
“Once underway, the Waneta at the existing Waneta Dam
project will take three to four and total gas pressure down-
How the home
reno tax credit works
Dept. of Finance Canada/CALM
H ome improvements add
to the value of a house and cre-
costs for projects such as finishing a basement or re-modelling a
kitchen will be eligible for the credit, along with associated expenses
ate economic activity by such as building permits, professional services, equipment rentals
increasing the demand for and incidental expenses. Routine repairs and maintenance do not
labour, building materials and qualify for the credit. Nor does the cost of purchasing furniture, ap-
other goods. Renovations can pliances, audio-visual electronics or construction equipment.
also reduce energy consumption Taxpayers can claim the HRTC when filing their 2009 tax return.
and the long-term cost of own-
ing a home. As an incentive to
renovate, this spring’s federal
budget included a temporary
Home Renovation Tax Credit Eligible expenditures include:
The temporary nature of the • renovating a kitchen, bathroom, or basement
credit is supposed to encourage • new carpet or hardwood floors
Canadians to undertake renova- • building an addition, deck, fence or retaining
tions promptly. The credit ap- wall
plies to eligible home renovation • new furnace or water heater
costs for work performed, or • painting the interior or exterior of a house
goods acquired, before Febru- • resurfacing a driveway or laying new sod.
ary 1, 2010. The tax credit is a
percentage of expenditures, not
a lump sum amount. The 15 per
cent credit may be claimed on Ineligible expenditures would be:
the portion of eligible expendi-
tures exceeding $1,000, but not
more than $10,000, meaning the
• furniture and appliances (refrigerator,
maximum tax credit is $1,350.
• purchase of tools
The credit can be claimed on ex- • carpet cleaning
penditures for one or more of an • maintenance contracts (furnace cleaning,
individual’s dwellings. Properties snow removal, lawn care, pool cleaning, etc.)
eligible for the HRTC include
houses, cottages and condo-
minium units that are owned for
personal use. Renovation
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Wanted New t-shirts
one for scaffolders
good available now
CMAW is looking to hire a
scaffolder to fill a temporary
rep/organizer position for the CMAW
Lower Mainland area. scaffolders
The incumbent’s primary
duties will be to represent the
views of member scaffolders
and organize current non-
union scaffold contractors.
Wages and benefits provided
as per Industrial Agreement.
If you are interested, please
apply to CMAW using one of
the following contact avenues:
In preparation for the raiding period, CMAW has
Address: 305 – 2806 Kingsway, ordered long-sleeve t- shirts for our scaffolding
Vancouver, BC V5R 5T5 division.
The shirts should be available by the third week
E-mail: email@example.com of October. Scaffolders who would like a shirt are
asked to contact their business agent.
Peter Cail (left) and Pascal Fillion.
hen Habitat for the KTS Millwork building near the end, but it was a really
Humanity came knocking, where KTS was one of 14 entries. good time.”
brother Peter Cail and other
members who work at KTS The driving and “powering” of Cail, a millworker and four-year
Millwork in Prince George were the tub was also a joint effort. member of CMAW is no stranger
ready to lend a helping hand. The drivers were Sean Duthie to offering a helping hand where
They worked together to build a and Graham Mear and the needed.
push-powered tub they entered “Power units,” or members who
in the charity’s annual bathtub physically pushed the tub 100 Recently, he also completed a
race. feet to the finish line, were Peter project for Local 1998. He
Cail, Brian Lind, John McFaul, built a table that now proudly
A neighbouring plumbing supply and Gary Geise. accommodates the member
store donated a bathtub and Cail sign-in book at union meetings.
and other Local 1998 members “On our first trial lap we took out It’s made from a recycled old
used their skills and creativity to the “spoked” wheels so we had to tabletop and bares the carpen-
build the boat on wheels – in the quickly build some wooden ones ter’s logo in veneer wood inlay.
shape of an old car. which worked amazingly well. We
ended up coming in somewhere “I went over the old table with a
Cail says while his main part- router and took it down to the
ner in this 20-hour project was thickness of the veneer
brother Pascal Fillion. virtually used for the design and
all employees at KTS worked on letters of the logo and
the entry. “The guys in the shop then filled it in,” says the
worked to build it and sisters talented Cail.
Brandie Valentine and Andrea
Schweder painted it.”
Left: Peter Cail and his
new table which bares
The race took place on Sept. 24
the carpenters’ logo in
in the parking lot in front of
Postscript 1995 working on
training B rother Murray Srigley is
one of the carpenter Local 1995
bursary members working on a seismic up-
grade at Walter Moberly Elemen-
tary school in Vancouver.
The upgrade, which began in
apprentices June 2008 will ensure the school
is able to withstand an earthquake
increases of up to 6.9 on the Richter scale.
Part of the upgrade includes new
to $500 seismic pilasters on all corners
of the school. (The pilasters are
three inch steel anchors, encased
From left: Brian Rose, Ross
CMAW’s training bursary has in six inches of concrete grout, MacDonald, Murray Srigley and
increased from $300 to $500. embedded 20 to 30 metres deep.) Michael Marchioro
For information on how you can Srigley, who has been a member of 1995 since day one says, "I'm really
take advantage of this bursary, happy to be working when there are lots of others out of work." He
speak to your local business rep. says he's always been a union supporter and is grateful for the benefits
that go along with membership.
PUBLICATION MAIL AGREEMENT 40024635
Return undeliverable mail to: CMAW, 305 - 2806 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5T5
Members on this seismic project are working for Smith Bros. & Wilson
– voted contractor of the year by the Vancouver Regional Construc-
tion Association (VRCA) in 2008. Superintendent, brother Ross
MacDonald, says that while this is the first seismic upgrade contract
Smith Bros. has acquired, the company hopes to successfully bid on
This newsletter is published quarterly for the
6,000 members of the Construction, Maintenance
& Allied Workers Bargaining Council.
President: Jan Noster
Secretary - Treasurer: Pat Haggarty
Construction, Maintenance &
Allied Workers Bargaining Council
305 - 2806 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5T5
Newsletter Editor: Marian Zadra — E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org