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Vol. 35 no. 1 #208 - 3550 kingsway, Vancouver B.C. V5r 5X4 december 2010
in tHis issue …
Dock and Shipyard Report
Hard at Work
Construction and specialized INDEX
Workers union local 1611 3 Business Manager’s Report – Mark Olsen
4 President’s Report – Bruce Ferguson
Executive Board Members 5 To All Members of Local 1611 – Important Message
Business ManaGer 2011 Monthly General Membership Meeting Schedule
6 Secretary-Treasurer – Rick Clarkson
president seCretary-treasurer Achievements in 2010
Bruce Ferguson rick Clarkson
Key Local 1611 Goals for 2011
ViCe president reCordinG seCretary 7 LiUNA Report – Greg Harris
Chuck Chatten shelley Moore
Important Dispatch Request
eXeCutiVe Board MeMBers 8 Organizing Department Report – Manuel Alvernaz
Gary palmiere Organize, Organize, Organize
Browse the Web
9 Lower Mainland Construction Report
editorial CoMMittee – Gary Palmiere & Danny Klein
Union Scholarship Awarded
Union Scholarship Available
CsW union loCal 1611 Head oFFiCe Member Alert
3542 kingsway 10 Membership Meetings, Service Pins, Events & Courses
Vancouver, BC 16 Worksafe BC Ad
17 Vancouver Island Report – Matthew Lust
toll Free: 1-800-663-6588 18 Dock & Shipyard Workers Unit – Rick Spencer
MeMBersHip serViCes oFFiCe Member Code of Performance & Responsibility
205 - 3550 kingsway 20 Special Feature – The Life of a Shipyard Worker
V5r 5l7 22 West & East Kootenay Area – Chuck Chatten
telephone: 604-437-6889 23 Okanagan & Interior Area – Leroy Vollans
toll Free: 1-888-788-2888 24 Northern Region – Mat McGreish
25 Retiree Events Around the Province
MediCal & pension plan oFFiCe
32 Retiree Council – R.L. Mc Donald
208 - 3550 kingsway
Vancouver, BC Good News
V5r 5X4 33 In Memoriam – Carl Liden and Roger Boychuck
telephone: 604-437-8598 34 Member & Union Participation
toll Free: 1-888-964-3666 Local 1611 in the News in 2010
36 Aboriginal Liaison & Contractor Relations
– Dean Homewood
216 - 3550 kingsway
Vancouver, BC 38 Union Members Hard at Work
V5r 5X7 44 Training Plan – Upcoming Vancouver Area Training Courses
telephone: 604-433-5523 45 Training Plan – Out of Town Training Courses
toll Free: 1-800-661-3001 46 Training Plan – Course Reimbursements
Publication Agreement Number 1536429 Correspondence Courses Available
Produced and printed by union labour. 47 Photos – Training Plan Courses
48 Health Care & Wellness – Shelley Moore
on tHe CoVer 48 Service Sector – Nav Malhotra
Front CoVer: 49 Labourers’ Membership Services – Richard Saunders
the Golden princess. note the hoarding of the 49 Medical & Pension Plans – Tara Campbell
underwater hull, the dock & shipyard unit of CsWu
50 History Book in the Making – Merrick Walsh
1611 is very concerned with the environment.
50 Dispatch Office – Tony Parkinson
Finishing up the job in the dock bottom. shipyard 51 In Memoriam – We Honour our Deceased Members
labourer Bruce dunahee tends to the last details. History Book to be Written in 2011
report: Business Manager
2011–A Year In Which …
We hope members take the time to read this entire publi- • B.C. Liberal MLA’s are ‘recalled’ around B.C. and the NDP
cation. We are proud of our organization, our members win the by-elections.
and their efforts, and this publication reflects our collective • The Union successfully raids CLAC on multiple job sites
achievements. with multiple employers.
You will see informative articles, numerous member and • Our Union membership step forward and help in orga -
job pictures, 2010 highlights and our 2011 plan, organizing nizing efforts.
report, scholarship and website information, 2011 meet- • Unions truly work together to the betterment of the mem -
ing schedule, boycott list, charitable efforts, member code, bership.
dispatch information, • That commercial developers and
media exposure, train- industrial owners realize the value, quoted:
ing schedule, in me- quality and production of union-
moriam and other in- ized workers, and willingly sign We are
formation. Please read Project Labour Agreements (PLA’s). proud of our
it and let us know your • The Labour Relations Board,
thoughts. We appreci- Workers’ Compensation Board, organization,
ate member input. and Human Rights Tribunal make our members
Christmas is a time decisions recognizing the dignity
for everyone to reflect of work, and respect for workers. and their
on the year in review, but more importantly, to look ahead • Our members become politically efforts
to the ensuing year. Being in the labour movement is no dif- active municipally, provincially
ferent. and federally to drive change.
Here are some of our Union wishes for next year. • We see the end of the necessity to ‘enable’ some projects.
Finish this sentence ‘2011 – A year in which…’ • Our signatory contractors actively bid beyond their usual
• All of our members work safe and stay healthy. focus, in order to expand work opportunity for our mem-
• The HST is cancelled in B.C. bership.
• There is a new Premier, yet support for the B.C. Liberals • Our members craft work becomes a ‘red seal’ appren-
remains low. ticable trade, so we can establish a full apprenticeship pro-
gram like other Trades.
ABOVE: Mark chairing the Building Trades Convention November 2, 3 in Nanaimo.
• The federal and provincial governments support work for
BOTTOM: Carol James leader of the NDP (next premier of B.C.) speaks at the Building
Trades Convention in Nanaimo. Photo credit for both pictures: Joshua Berson.
local B.C. workers, and that additional stimulus monies
and projects are announced.
• Asbestos is finally banned from exportation to other
countries. It is a product that kills by mesothelioma and
other lung related ailments, and must be stopped now.
In closing, I want to thank the office staff of our entire
organization, from the Union, to the Pension and Medical
Plans, Training Plan and Membership Services Office. With-
out them, our organization cannot function.
I also want to thank our Executive Board, Business Rep-
resentatives, Organizing Department, Retiree Council, Ad-
ministrators, Instructors, Dispatchers, Job Stewards and
members for their exemplary efforts in 2010. I would also be
remiss if I did not thank our legal counsel Kevin Blakely and
his assistant Jenny for their incredible efforts again this year.
And finally I would especially like to thank Jennifer and
Donna, whose work in our head office is beyond description,
and of great assistance to me personally.
We wish the membership and their families the very best
of health and happiness this holiday season. And above all
please work safe and stay healthy next year.
Member Meetings Plentiful
By the time you receive my report we will be into the fes- month of October to a further four year term. That was no
tive season. From my family to yours we extend our warm surprise as they have all been doing a remarkable job.
heartfelt greetings that this special time of the year finds you Your Retiree Executive Board headed by President R.L.
loved and your ones healthy and that everyone receives a full McDonald and Secretary-Treasurer Manuel Alvernaz also
measure of contentment and happiness. includes Vice-President Dave Pringle, Recording Secretary
We have been very busy with area information and oth- Bud Smith and at large members Alasdair Miller, Joaquim
er meetings since the fall. Area membership meetings have Ferreira and Manuel Figueiredo.
been held in Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Other matters of interest I would like to mention include
Revelstoke, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Prince George, the Annual Building Trades Convention held in
Hope, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley, Nanaimo during November. Our Business Man-
Maple Ridge, Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River quoted: ager Mark Olsen was elected as the first Vice-
and Powell River. Meetings will be held in the near full and proud President of the Council. (see pictures).
future for members in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kiti- In addition Brother Olsen also serves as both
mat, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. All of the members of the the Chair of the Building Trades Bargaining
above noted meeting locations are in addition to BC Federation Council in ICI negotiations with CLRA, and also
the monthly scheduled union meetings in the city Chair the Coalition of Building Trades Unions
of Vancouver. of labour for the Bechtel PLA on the Kitimat Aluminum
Your Local Union Executive Board has appoint- Smelter Project, and endeavoring to sign a col-
ed me as the Liaison to your Local Union Retiree lective agreement with Covanta a large US based
Council. I attended dinners to honour our Union Retirees waste-to-energy company planning to build a large facility at
at several locations in Northern BC the Kamloops, Okana- Gold River on Vancouver Island.
gan region as well as the Kootenays and Vancouver Island In regards to CLRA bargaining Mark is hopeful that talks
and of course the large retiree event in Vancouver (see many will resume in the early new year as our Union strives for a
pictures in this issue). All of the nine events were fabulously new collective agreement.
successful and it was an honour for me to again meet with I am pleased to report that our International Union has
the many retirees who collectively built our Union! at last resolved outstanding differences with the Canadian
Your Business Manager Brother Mark Olsen also attend- Labour Congress and as a result we are now full and proud
ed many of the retiree events and I know he was proud to members of the BC Federation of Labour! I am pleased we
honour our retirees. Did you know that Local 1611 has the are now welcomed back in the House of Labour.
most active and largest Retiree Council of any of our hun- Well that is all for now, work safe, stay healthy, and I look
dreds of Locals that make up our International Union! Your forward to seeing you at your next union meeting. Extending
entire Local Union Retiree Unity Slate were all elected in the warm fraternal regards.
From left Mark Olsen Business Manager, Doug Carter Armtec/Con-force Vice President for the Western Region, Manuel Alvernaz Chief Organizer, Bruce Ferguson President
and Mat McGreish Business Rep. standing in front of the architectural bay at Armtec in Richmond, BC.
important Message From your executive
To All Members of Local 1611
Dear Brothers and Sisters; • Two of the highest annual deficits in the Provinces’ his-
Re:Premier Resigns but Bad B.C. Liberal Policy Remains tory.
We were all pleasantly surprised on November 3, when • Massive increases in hydro, gas, ferry, post secondary tu-
Gordon Campbell announced his resignation as the Premier ition, and other fees.
of B.C. The Liberals will take the next few months to find a • Payment of Basi/Virk $6 million dollar legal bill in the
replacement. B.C. Rail scandal.
While this is good news, it does not change the fact, that • HST lie.
bad B.C. Liberal policy still plagues this province. This is the B.C. Liberal legacy, not just Gordon Campbell’s.
The focus must now shift from weak leadership, to the We need to remember that it does not matter who takes over
weakness of their policies, and all the B.C. Liberal MLA’s are the Premier position, the party and all the MLA’s are at fault.
to blame. Your Union, by historical motions at our General Mem-
Here is a partial list of what the Liberals have done to bership meetings, fully support the NDP. While no party is
B.C. in just 10 years; perfect, the NDP embodies the bulk of the issues we believe
• Allowing employers to import temporary foreign con- in, including fairness, equity, justice, and workers rights to
struction workers to B.C. who have illegally paid them as organize and to be represented in their workplace without
little as $3.77 per hour. intrusion or interference by their employer.
• Tearing up of Healthcare Contracts, and throwing thou- We need cancellation of the HST, changes to Labour
sands of workers out of work. Laws, the Labour Relations Board, WCB, workplace safety,
• Selling off our public assets. as well as proper and fair taxation policy, a decrease to medi-
• Highest level of child poverty in Canada. cal service premiums, and Project Labour Agreements on all
• Lowest minimum wage in Canada at $6 and $8 per hour. government funded construction and roadbuilding projects
• Sale of B.C. Rail when they promised they would not sell. in B.C.
• Underfunding of education causing the closure of many These are some of the policies we support, which we will
schools. push with the NDP.
• Doubling (and more) of Medical Services Premiums While Union members will make up their own minds
(MSP). come election time, we would not be doing our job if we did
• Terrible cuts to WCB, and unjust Labour Laws. not update you. Do not be fooled by the Liberals new face
• Cost overruns on the new Convention Centre in Vancou- of Leadership. Their policies and practices, supported by all
ver (twice the overrun cost of the fast ferries). of their MLA’s, must not return them to office in 2013. The
province badly needs a change of direction, and the NDP
will provide that much needed change.
2011 MONTHLY GENERAL Take care, please stay healthy, and above all work safe.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULE
All General Membership Meetings will be held
next to the Union Office in Vancouver at the
Date Day Time
January 23 Sunday 10:00 am
February 24 Thursday 7:00 pm
March 24 Thursday 7:00 pm
April 28 Thursday 7:00 pm
May 26 Thursday 7:00 pm
June 23 Thursday 7:00 pm
July Summer Break
August Summer Break
September 22 Thursday 7:00 pm
October 27 Thursday 7:00 pm
November 24 Thursday 7:00 pm
December 18 Sunday 10:00 am
Members of Local 1611 working for CIMS at the Burnaby Chevron Refinery.
Liberals Heads Buried In Sand
Once again another year is drawing to a close. Time seems – 1980 and the Millennial’s 1981 – 2006. It was the Tradi-
to be flying by and moves us closer to LiUNA’s 75 years in tionalists 1925 – 1945 and the boomers who fought to give
BC in 2012. The 2008 economic crisis hit the Union and us the standard of living and core values we enjoy today. The
Contractors hard. 2009 and the first half of 2010 Generation X helped developed cell phone tech-
saw a steep climb in members being out of work nology, game video and cancer treatments. The
and contractors had fewer jobs to bid on. When Millennial’s are dealing with technology overload
tenders went out other companies from across quoted: and I predict they will not have the standard of
Canada and the United States were also bidding take the living of the future that we are enjoying today.
on work in British Columbia, making it harder to Technology is making great strides, some can-
be the successful bidder. time cers can now be prevented, we have landed on
As a consequence, our Union finances have to upgrade the moon and are looking into the far regions of
been impacted in both 2009 and 2010. We hope space and the new technology hitting the stores
by the end of 2011 that the economic is back on now are obsolete by the time we buy it.
the upswing. Time will tell. All this said I go back to the beginning the
I and other LiUNA members have been trying Union Training Plan puts many different courses
to get the Liberal BC government to accept the Labourers on throughout the year. Now is the time to get all the skills
as an apprenticable trade, no such luck yet. I think they and you can, they will help you get and keep your jobs. Try and
back room boys have their heads buried in the sand. Some get an older hand to pass on some of the tricks of the trade to
people think it’s easier to bring cheap workers in for our jobs make the work easier. Take the time to upgrade.
and allow unscrupulous contractors to pay poverty wage Be extra careful on the roads this winter darkness, cold,
rates to them. In my opinion as a result of the butchering of snow and ice make driving hazardous. Take care of your fam-
our apprentice programs, we in Canada are being lead down ily. In closing, I want to wish every member a very Happy
the path to 3rd world status. Christmas and wish happiness and the best for you and your
Following the baby boomer will be the Generation X 1965 family in the New Year.
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS KEy LOCAL 1611 GOALS
AFFECTING FOR 2011
LOCAL 1611 • Seek Union member assistance in organizing and
– aCHieVeMents in 2010 – • Organize 15 new companies in all sectors.
• Aggressively pursue Project Labour Agreements (PLA’s) with
• Organized 15 new companies other craft based Unions for industrial and commercial jobs
(and 3 pending). throughout B.C.
• 53 companies organized since 2006. • Increase efforts with Aboriginal peoples around the province.
• Trained 720 members province wide. • Establish mentor/ambassador program, through the Retiree
• Held over 50 Union meetings and Retiree Council.
Council events in B.C. • Write our Union’s history book.
• All Benefit Plans remain well funded. • Begin preparations, for our year long celebration in 2012, to
• Our signatory contractors have commemorate the 75th Anniversary of our Union.
successfully secured over 160 new • Re-negotiate Collective Agreements, including the Standard
Projects. Agreement, select Road Building Addendums, and with SCIC
• In the media 9 times. and other service sector employers.
• Renegotiated several sector Agreements. • Hold additional Job Steward and other education courses for
• Complete the purchase of a property, to relocate the Union’s
head office operation by the end of 2012.
A Look to the Future
Greetings: ing. The completion of larger projects and postponements
The cold winds of November are blowing hard and clean has resulted in manpower surpluses and declining hours.
as I organize my thoughts as to how best to relay my sense Regionally we expect resurgence in oil-based construc-
of our future. tion activity in Northern Alberta, potash and oil refining and
I believe our construction future lies primarily in heavy transport in Saskatchewan, Hydro and general construction
industrial and infrastructure development projects. His- in Manitoba and ongoing infrastructure in Southern Alberta
torically, our region has shown its greatest growth during a all starting before the 3rd quarter of 2011. British Columbia
time of industrial reconstruction. Over the last three years has a number of opportunities detailed elsewhere, and the
we have witnessed manpower shortages and record hours, good news regionally, is the worst is probably over.
growth in membership through apprenticeship and organiz- The largest project this office is involved in is Enbridge
Gateway Pipeline and Loading Facility running from Alberta
to Kitimat. There are regulatory and other hurdles before the
project comes to fruition but the employment opportunities
for the membership are vast.
We would ask the membership to stay informed of the is-
sues surrounding major projects and add their voices in sup-
port. We as a union believe in high standards, quality work
and know we can deliver - whatever the challenges.
Regionally the union continues to grow in diversified and
associated industries; pre-cast concrete products, pipe coat-
ing facilities, rail maintenance, healthcare, recycling, parking
I believe all of these industries represent opportunity for
current and future members to enhance their lives through
meaningful labour, good remuneration and benefits and
sense of belonging to an organization where we share com-
Best wishes to you, the membership, from the LiUNA
Sub-Regional office staff. Merry Christmas.
LiUNA Western Canada Sub-Regional Manager
IMPORTANT DISPATCH REQUEST
If you are not working, you must check in with the
The Employers do not let the Hall know when you have
left their employment, it is your responsibility.
WHMIS and Hearing Tests are mandatory
on all job sites.
Contact the Dispatch for information as to where you
can get themif you do not already have them.
Our dispatchers are having difficulty contacting mem-
bers who have blocked incoming calls.
If our dispatchers cannot reach you, they cannot
offer you a job.
Please unblock your telephone or program it to
accept dispatch numbers.
Call 604.432.7833 or 1.800.663.6588 for
Member Jolene James with her niece Ella posing in front of their ‘Slow Down’ campaign
through Worksafe BC.
We Need Members Support
I would like to wish all our Brothers and Sisters, a Merry tending public meetings for the Covanta Waste-to-Energy
Christmas and Happy New Year. On behalf of the Organiz- Gold River Project. This billion dollar project will employ
ing Department I want to thank you for all the help you give about 300 of our members next year, plus few more in our
us in organizing. Precast Plant in Richmond. All of this was only possible be-
This year has been another exciting year in organizing. cause the effort and help we had all year from our organizers,
We will reach our goals with your help; 13 companies have Oscar, Liana, Mark Warrior, Dean, our Executive Board and
been organized and 4 companies are pending. We start raid- our Legal Counsel Kevin Blakely and his assistant Jenny, with
ing CLAC in one of their contractors, Pedre Contracting, his hard work at the Labour Relations Board winning for us.
with your help successfully will get them out for the third I would like to ask our members if you know anybody
time. working for CLAC contractors, please give me a call and to-
For about 3 months we have been promoting/lobbying at- gether we will get CLAC out. All calls are confidential.
Thank you and Seasons Greetings.
Proud Local 1611 Frontier Kemper crew after the T.B.M. breakthrough at the tunnels in
the Seymour Watershed 2010. Congratulations!
In the last 5 years we successfully organized
53 companies. Thanks to all of you.
In 2010 Local 1611 has organized, certified
and/or signed Collective Agreements
with these companies;
• A.B.W. Construction Inc.
• Concrete Concepts Ltd.
• U-Turn Traffic Control Inc.
• P & J Solutions Inc.
• Michels Canada
• Pacifex Construction Ltd.
• North Pointe Enc
• D.L. Safety Consulting
• Black Panther Traffic Control (2010) Ltd.
• Dabner Consulting and Expediting
• Dean’s Welding
• Accurate Concrete Cutting & Coring
• Covanta Energy
• TIC Canada
• Kani Foundation PLA
• Thomas Concrete Ltd. (pending)
• Remco Insulation Ltd. (pending)
• Zanron Fabrication & Machine Co. Ltd. (pending)
DO yOU HAVE ANy ORGANIzING TARGETS
FOR THE UNION?
Call Manuel Alvernaz, Chief Organizer
at (604)437-6889 ext. 222 or 604-323-4442.
All inquiries confidential.
BROWSE THE WEB www.cswu1611.org
OUR LOCAL 1611 WEBSITE IS CONTINUALLy IMPROVED. TAKE A LOOK AND LET US KNOW WHAT yOU THINK.
• See interesting news and other links. • Scholarship information and forms are available.
• Automatic dues deduction forms are also available. • You can also print Medical Plan forms.
Lower Mainland Construction
Past Year Challenging
On behalf of Danny Klein and myself we wish all our broth- B & B is successful, by the time of publishing this newsletter
ers and sisters Merry Christmas and all the best over the we will know.
holiday season. There are still many companies in the commercial sector
This past year has been very challenging for that are still facing stiff competition as there are
a great deal of our member’s who suffered past many more contactors bidding the same work.
Olympic work shutdowns and the lingering (on- quoted: Michels Canada’s job in the City of Vancouver
going) present recession. if we work its target for the tunnel to be done by end of this
There has been a great deal of work in the util- week, and to be fully complete by end of January.
ity, roadbuilding sector as a useful of infrastruc- together we Frontier Kemper broke through the raw water
ture investment and the ongoing demand for new
can make this tunnel on October 14 and also broke through the
housing. This work has not been without it chal- treated tunnel on November 4. Now that the tun-
lenges, the work picture in April looked bleak. a stronger nels are broken through all the pipe and shotcrete
This all changed in a matter of six weeks by the begin. Frontier Kemper are looking for nozzle-
end of June BA Blacktop, B & B Contracting, man with 3 or more years experience tested and
Southwest Contracting, Imperial Paving and ticketed, phone Danny Klein for more informa-
Columbia Bitulithic were and are extremely busy. Some tion.
companies like Winvan and Imperial were fully booked for I would like to thank all the brothers and sisters who I
the remainder of the year. B & B Contracting has managed have had the pleasure of either meeting or reconnecting with
to secure a 3 million dollar contract on the new freeway and in the construction sector. After many years of representing
are working just past 200th in Langley. B & B Contracting the service sector it is a pleasure going to the sites again and
has requested the Tri pac assist in securing an additional 30 being a part of the construction sector. I know there are many
million dollars work to be negotiated with Kiewit. This will members left to meet and sites that we need to visit and since
put at least 6 crews of work for 15 months. The 3 unions have there are less reps. in the field we need to rely on information
given the company over common position and are hopeful from our members please do not hesitate to call your Union
to let us know where you are working if you have not seen
a rep on the site it may be we are not aware of the location.
UNION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Top reasons to call your Union rep. immediately:
2010 W. Vernie Reed Memorial Scholarship Award • Company is using employees that are not members of
Jesse Akers ......................$2,300.00
• Other Trades are doing our Union member’s work.
Member: Donnelly Akers, Construction Division These two reasons cost our members thousands of hours
of lost work. If we work together we can make this a stronger
Other Scholarships Announced Soon
Union for all our brothers and sisters.
2011 is going to be a better year and we are going to do
UNION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE our best for all our brothers and sisters, ask yourselves what
There are 3 different scholarships that our members or can I do.
their dependents can apply for: Be safe, strong and may God bless all labourers. Merry
W. Vernie Reed Memorial Fund – offered through the Christmas.
Laborers’ International Union. All information request-
ed must by in by April 1st. Member Alert
Cal Callahan Memorial Bursary – offered through the BOYCOTTS / DO NOT PATRONIZE
Pipeline Industry for the sons, daughters or legal wards • Phillips Electronic Products – Requested by USW
of members who derive their principal income from the
Pipeline Industry. All information requested must be in • Sklar Pepplar, Alan White branded furniture –
by the 30th of September. Requested by USW
Roland B. Gordon Memorial – offered through CSWU • Price Smart (Food Stores) – Requested by UFCW
Local 1611. All information requested must be in by the • Wal-Mart – Over treatment of Unionized workers in
last day of October. Quebec
Contact the CSWU Local 1611 office for the applica- Send a letter to your local area MLA and MP and ask
tions. them to get involved and support the workers.
Membership Meetings, service pins, events & Courses
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1. Mark Olsen discussing PLA at the Building Trades Convention in Nanaimo.
2. CSWU Local 1611 membership meeting in Fort St. John earlier this year.
3. Local 1611 Garda members meeting on Nov.13 for negotiations update.
4. Brother Ken Numella receives his 35 year pin from Business Rep Matthew Lust.
5. From right Chuck Chatten Business Rep. presenting Brother Jim McKim on his
30 years of service.
6. Pin Recipient Local 1611 member Brent Strank for 30 years of service.
7. Left Harry Bains NDP MLA with Bruce Ferguson President of Local 1611 at the
2010 Building Trades Convention. Photo credit: Joshua Berson.
8. Job Stewards Barry Kirton and Roman Iwasiuk being presented Local 1611
9. Job Steward Gerry Delorme being presented a Local 1611 jacket at the Canexus
project in N. Vancouver.
10. Dawson Creek area membership meeting of Local 1611 earlier this year. 11
11. New Executive Officers of Building Trades sworn in at the 2010 Convention. Left to
right, Jim Paquette Treasurer, Lee Loftus President and Mark Olsen Vice President.
1. Victoria area membership meeting earlier this year.
2. Pin recipient Jose Lima for 35 years of service.
3. Prince George area membership meeting of Local 1611 earlier this fall.
4. Victoria area members (left) Curtis Fiddler and Dave Bains.
5. Cranbrook area membership meeting of Local 1611 earlier this year.
6. From left Chuck Chatten Business Rep and Mark Olsen Business Manager
shaking hands with Brother Brian Cox on his 30 years of service.
7. Miroslav Grynia presents CSWU President Bruce Ferguson and CSWU
membership with a copper etching from and also with warm fraternal
regards Polish Coal Miners Union.
8. Some of the BC Coalition support crew attending various GVRD meetings,
wearing our custom ‘waste to watts’ shirts for Covanta Energy.
1. Newly elected Retiree Council by acclamation left to right Joaquim
1 Ferreira Trustee, Alasdair Miller Trustee, R.L. McDonald President,
Bud Smith Trustee, Dave Pringle Vice-President, Manuel Alvernaz
Secretary Treasurer, and Manuel Figueiredo Trustee.
2. Area membership meeting earlier in the year in Vernon.
3. (right) Former Business Rep of Local 1611 Gordon Davidson receives
his 35 years of service from Business Rep Matthew Lust.
4. Local 1611 member Helmut Koch receives his 35 year pin.
5. Dean Homewood received a recognition award from the Vancouver,
New Westminster, and District and Construction Trades Council for
years of service.
6. Brother Ron Suvajac receives his 15 year pin from Bus. Rep. Matthew
7. Campbell River membership meeting earlier this year.
2 8. Large turnout at membership meeting in Kamloops earlier this year.
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1. Some of the CGL Enterprises employees at a contract negotiation
meeting earlier this year.
2. Long service pin recipients held in Vernon earlier this year.
3. Business Rep. Matthew Lust presenting member Deb Standbrook
with her 35 year of service pin, while Matthew really wants Deb’s
4. Membership meeting in Kelowna.
5. Area membership meeting held this past fall in Vernon.
6. Nanaimo area member Tammy Beairsto.
7. Long service pin recipients at a meeting held in Kelowna.
8. Bob Huston (front right) with his wife for his retirement lunch with
(back row l to r) Gary Palmiere Business Rep, Oscar Sanchez
Organizer, Manuel Alvernaz Chief Organizer, Bruce Ferguson
President, Richard Saunders Workers’ Advocate, Mark Warrior
5 Researcher with his wife. Thank you Bob for your years of service in
the Organizing Department.
1. Members of CSWU Local 1611 attend ratification meeting for Armtec/Con-force
in Vancouver earlier this year.
2. Earlier this year in March at the Esquimalt Graving Dock the ‘Canadian Jobs for
Canadian Workers’ rally was held to make people aware that a new crane for
the Public Works Canada was going to be erected by foreign workers, while 8
unemployed qualified tradesworkers stand idle by.
3. Former President of Local 1093 Steve Branyik.
4. Dennis Morgan (left) receiving his Union watch at his retirement party. Dennis was a full time representative
with Local 1611 and former Local 602 and 105. Dennis did a great job representing workers from several
sectors including security, parking lot, traffic control, funeral and others.
5. Local 1611 retirees during their meeting on October 24 in Vancouver.
6. Marcello Sernaggia receiving his 50 year watch from R.L. McDonald and Executive Officers of Local 1611.
7. Retiree meeting held this past October 24 in Vancouver.
8. (l to r) Oscar Sanchez Organizer, Dave Barrett former Premier of BC and his wife Shirley, and Bruce Ferguson,
President, attending the 75th Anniversary of the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek. The event in 1935 forced the
Federal government to setup Unemployment Insurance and it opened the way for new laws that allowed
the organization of industrial unions after WWII.
1 2 3
1. Antonio Alves receiving his 50 year watch from the Union Executive Officers.
2. Local 1611 member and Job Steward Gerry Curko with his jacket.
3. From left Carl Strand former Business Manager of Local 1611, his wife Terri,
and Sisters Tamarra Bolwell and Tina Trewern volunteering to collect money 6
for diabetes. 7
4. 40 year pin recipient Alexander Murvai and Business Manager Mark Olsen in
our office April 26, 2010.
5. Ken Perry (left) long time Okanagan/Interior Business Rep. of Local 1611 and
former Local 602, and Trustee of our Medical and Pension Plans, at his retirement
gathering in 2010. Ken did a tremendous job and will be sorely missed.
6. Former Business Manager of Local 1093 Don “Stretch” Strank.
7. Campbell River pin recipients from left William Young 30 years of service and
Dave Roth 35 years of service.
8. Local 1611 members Jeff McFarlane, Sandy Forsythe and Ole Lauritsen at a
recent area meeting in Salmon Arm.
9. Vancouver and area members of Local 1611 attend monthly union meeting
this past October.
10. Dean Homewood Contractor Relations Rep from the New West Building 8
Trades donating to the food bank drive.
11. Long service pin recipients at a meeting in Kamloops earlier this year.
Trafc Control Person
Member Sherry Sociedade posing for the latest ‘Slow Down’ campaign through Worksafe BC, with her husband and two children.
Work Picture Remains Stable
Season’s greetings to everyone and a happy holiday season In November we held Union Membership meetings in
from Matthew Lust and everyone else here representing the Victoria, Campbell River and Nanaimo. I welcomed the
membership of Local 1611 on Vancouver Island. company and fellowship of our Business Manager Mark Ol-
Once again I would like to let you know that I am working sen, President Bruce Ferguson, Chief Organizer Manuel Al-
primarily out of the Victoria office however I am available in vernaz, Recording Secretary/Business Representative Shelley
the Nanaimo and Campbell River offices. Please feel free to Moore and Business Representative Rick Spencer at these
contact me at the Victoria office to make arrangements to meetings, and would like to thank all the members who were
meet when I am in your area. able to attend these meetings. It is always good to see you all.
Since our last newsletter the work picture on Vancouver I also attended the Retiree Christmas luncheons in Vic-
Island has remained stable. In the Victoria area Farmer has toria and Nanaimo during the month of November and look
been providing a lot of steady jobs at Oak Bay Beach Hotel forward to the Vancouver Retiree luncheon in December. I
and also has work at the University of Victoria. Campbell would like to add that these functions are fantastic to attend
Construction has work at the University of Victoria and a and that celebrating with our retiree members is a privilege
few of the Thrifty Food locations, as well as a job in the Na- and an honour. Local 1611 Retiree Council is the largest
naimo area. Chew Excavating is continuing to employ many in LIUNA, in North America. Way to go guys with much
of our members all over the south Island including work on thanks to the President of the Retiree Council R.L. McDon-
the second phase of the Uptown Project. Island Asphalt is ald. I would also like to thank the NDP MLA’s Rob Fleming,
continuing to be busy and has hired a few of our members Lana Popham and Leonard Krog for attending these celebra-
for their Concrete Division. tions of our retired members.
The paving sector continues to provide work in the mid Here are a few reminders:
and north Island as well. Robinson Contracting has a waste • Training is a key to keep you on top. Take advantage of
water treatment facility upgrade in Crofton and provided your Training Plan, it helps you to be the best. Call me to
some jobs on the most recent shut downs at Harmac. Keltech help you get on track, and let me know what you need.
Services also employed many of our members on the Har- • Check in periodically to let me know your status, skills,
mac shut down and some work at the Crofton Pulp Mill as any upgrading completed and to stay checked-in on the
well. Upland Excavating is near to wrapping up at Willow out of work list.
Point for now but have some work to keep some members In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to wish
going. Upland continues to bid on upcoming tenders and we you all a happy and prosperous new year, and above all work
wish them luck in securing more work in the future. safe and stay healthy.
Nanaimo area meeting this past November 14.
Dock & Shipyard Workers Unit
Merger With 1611 Positive
Great news! The Dock and Shipyard Workers’ have merged work is underway now. This is great news for our members!
into CSWU Local 1611. We have just held our first unified More good news for members is that we are not satisfied yet.
union meeting together. Shipyard members and construc- Your union representatives have been and are working dili-
tion members. This was a very informative meeting for all in gently with other like minded individuals in this industry to
attendance. The messages were positive. The employment sit- enhance many more employment opportunities for YOU,
uations show promise in every sector. The long waiting peri- our members, for our future together. We have met with the
ods of low employment will soon be just memories. Although provincial government, the BC Minister of Labour, the BC
at present the employment situation in the ship building and Minister of Advanced Education and Small Business and
repair industry is very similar to that in the construction sec- various government officials. We have had delegation status
tor this is about to change. Shipyards’ experienced a short at the Township of Esquimalt Council board meetings. This
upswing that had many of you working, however this was resulted in positive action from the Esquimalt Mayor and
short lived. In the New Year 2011 not only are we seeing great Council. More good news! The Township of Esquimalt coun-
potential for the shipyard industry the construction industry cil has a union shipyard worker that was elected in Esqui-
on Vancouver Island is looking bright as well. malt. More good news for us! We are members of the Pacific
Coast Shipbuilding Association, the West
Coast Shipbuilding and Repair Forum and
Ignatieff promises NV navy contracts the British Columbia Shipbuilding and Re-
Opposition leader commits to billions in spending on pair HR Committee.
WV stop Recently I personally met with the Hon-
By Benjamin Alldritt, North Shore News August 25, 2010 orable Peter McKay Canadian Minister of
Canadian naval ships will be built on the North Shore for the first time in de- Defense. These in combination with other
cades if the Liberals form the next federal government, according to party union representative’s efforts got results.
leader Michael Ignatieff. Results that now see a great number of
“Of course we will,” Ignatieff said in an interview with the North Shore unions, companies and governments tak-
News. “We need balance. There are shipyards in Atlantic Canada. There are ing our message to heart.
shipyards on the St. Lawrence and there are shipyards out here. We need We have been leaders in an active lob-
a balanced program in terms of long-term stable employment on both bying drive to see shipbuilding and the jobs
coasts.” associated returning to British Columbia. I
The Conservative government plans on awarding long-term, multi-billion
truly believe that with a vibrant shipbuild-
dollar contracts to two Canadian shipyards to build more than 100 navy
ing and ship repair industry combined
vessels over the next 30 years. North Vancouver’s Washington Marine Group
with a thriving construction industry that
faces stiff competition for the work from rival yards in Quebec and Nova
all members and families of Construction
“We’d need to review the current policy,” Ignatieff said. “The sense of hav- and Specialized Workers’ Union 1611 will
ing long-term work instead of stops and starts, I get that part. Making sure see great benefits and a very bright future.
we get good value for money on the contracts is important too. . . . We need I have included in this article, for you to
to invest in Coast Guard protection. We need to invest in maritime surveil- read for yourselves just one of many let-
lance. I want to make sure we have a balance between civilian and military ters I have personally written to Ottawa
procurement. It’s a double balance: East Coast and West Coast is balance (and anybody else that will listen). Take no
one, balance two is making sure that it’s long-term so that the shipyards exception to the fact that the leader of the
aren’t stop and start.” Federal Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff has
made shipbuilding in BC a main topic of
his campaign speeches. This and the fact
that the politicians in Ottawa today also see
Victoria Shipyard Ltd. has signed contracts with the gov- British Columbia as a serious player that must be considered,
ernment of Canada. An extensive work program has started particularly when it comes to Canada’s Shipbuilding industry
on some of Canada’s Navy vessels already! The FELEX pro- are a true turn of events. We have had very positive meetings
gram is a refit program on our Canadian Navy’s Frigate fleet. with the present Canadian government, resulting in what
This will provide much needed work for many members. is called the National Shipbuilding Procurement Program.
Another work program, VISC is continuing as well. This NSPS has announced that over $35 Billion will be budgeted
is work being done on our Canadian Navy submarines. This for the building of these ships over the next 30 years. The
NSPS will result in Canadian government ships being built in courses. The certifications you receive do play a role in how
Canada! Excellent news! Now we need to continue to pursue companies and contractors see you!
these same politicians. We do everything possible to see that Training is a huge focus of the many committees we at-
You! Our members take part in this shipbuilding program. tend and are members of. I am happy to tell you that the
We will build ships again in British Columbia! These are CSWU Training Society has answered our call. We have
exciting times for us all! just completed two training courses in Victoria in Novem-
One item that comes up over and over again; Training. ber 2010. Attendance by members from both the shipyard
Every time I go into a meeting I am asked over and over, and construction sector made these course a huge success.
‘What is your organization doing about training?’ The an- Congratulations to all that attended. Now due to this great
swer is always the same. ‘This organization, CSWU 1611 and attendance and demand we will be hosting more courses in
for that matter the Laborers’ International Union of North the New Year. Please do sign up and attend as soon as you
America (LIUNA) provides training for members.’ can! All these initiatives are in place for member’s benefit.
Members! Make no mistake about it, if you want train- This means “YOU”.
ing, we will get it for you. I must impress upon you the value We are enhancing our ship repair and ship building in-
you bring to your own personal worth by attending training dustry. Our main purpose is the realization of more good
paying jobs for you. You and your family deserve no less. We
have many sectors in this CSWU 1611. There are many dif-
ferent work opportunities arising for you. Please do take ad-
vantage of these offers. They are there for YOU! Everyone at
your CSWU 1611 Union offices are working for YOU. Thank
So far in 2010, Local 1611 has supported these
charities and benevolent efforts;
• Shriners Care Cruisers
• Canadian Diabetes Association (DAD’s Day)
• Relief in Haiti
• Collingwood Days Multi-Cultural Fair
• Trinity Baptist Church Missionary Fund
– In Memory of Georgina Jeanette O’Rourke
• To fight Mesothelioma & other Asbestos-
Members Ray South and Bruce Barnard at the dock bottom. • The Katrine Conroy fundraiser for the Kidney
• The Ride to Conquer Cancer
• Food Bank Campaign
OF PERFORMANCE AND
What should you do?
• Attend Union meetings.
• Get involved and stay informed.
• Upgrade yourself whenever possible.
• Talk-up the Union in a positive way.
• Help organize new companies.
Earlier this year from left John Lukas 35 years and former President of Local 1204,
• Show up on time to work, and do the best
James Walshaw 35 years (now retired), Nelson Morey 45 years (longest member of you can every day.
L.1204), Rick Spencer 35 years (former Bus. Manager of L.1204), Don Williams 40 years • Stay clean of alcohol and drugs.
(now retired), Fred Goddard (former member now VSL Foreman Labourer/Painter • This is your Union, and you have an
Dept.), Ken GreenHalgh 30 years and kneeling left Ron Armstrong 35 years and Hugh obligation to assist.
Dye 35 years.
The Life of a Shipyard Worker
1. Members prepping the hull of
zAANDAM for paint by high pressuring.
2. Here is a shipyard labourer going the
extra mile taking extra precautions to
contain sparks created by welder above.
Another of many assignments
undertaken regularly at the shipyard.
3. Members high power washing the the
zAANDAM hull, there are 10 manlifts,
8 are being operated by our members.
4. Chains and anchors to paint.
5. The Golden Princess ready to undock.
A perfect end to a perfect day.
1. Members prepped and painted the zAANDAM.
2. Our members painting the Golden Princess, the finished
3. Left to right Rick Turlock, Tony Vivieros and Greg Harris find
a second to smile during work. The unidentified worker is
consumed with his job assignment.
4. The stern of the zAANDAM after prep and paint.
5. Shipyard labourer Dylan Goddard shown at right with a
Victoria Shipyard Rigger.
West and East Kootenay Area
Still Fighting the Good Fight
Greetings Brothers and Sisters! summer, after the drilling and blasting of the powerhouse
The Christmas season is here. Smoke is curling out of the and tail race excavation. These projects give the Labourers
chimney into the cold night air and the wood pile is look- and Building Trade Unions an opportunity to show that we
ing good no matter what Old Man Winter decides to deliv- have the expertise to get the job done on time and on budget
er. It is getting quite busy in the Kootenay region with two with quality labour. Hopefully Aecon and other contractors
projects under the Allied Hydro Council - Columbia Hydro will choose to work union on future projects such as Site ‘C’
Constructors Agreement. These hydroelectric projects lo- and other infrastructure.
cated at Mica Creek and Waneta near Trail total Over the past 45 years some of the Unions have
over $1.8 Billion in value and we have dispatched quoted: gone from being part of the best trained, highest
folks to both. Local 1611’s Executive Board efforts paid, proudest construction work force in North
have been constant in opposing the foul direc- We must America to trying to steal jurisdiction and work
tion and corruption of wall-to-wall agreements in work for the from others to claim that their membership is
the construction industry. Despite the attacks by growing by organizing. STOP! We must work for
some Employers on our jurisdiction, over the past common good the common good of working people in the build-
17 years Labourers have exercised honour and of working ing trades. There are many forces working against
strength in hope of justice. We are currently fight- the standard of living we presently enjoy and the
ing to keep our jurisdiction at Mica Creek where people in the rights we too easily take for granted. The skilled
a contractor awarded First Aid Attendant work to building trades labour shortage, exploitation of foreign workers,
the IBEW for the 1st time in the history of the right-to-work (for less) legislation, quasi-judicial
AHC-CHC agreement which has seen us exclusively as the government agencies, pseudo-unions such as CLAC (which
Primary or Dedicated First Aid Attendants since 1989 at Ke- are not recognized by the BCFed or CLC), and the main-
mano. The civil work for Units 5 and 6 at Mica Dam should stream corporate media all pose challenges and threats to
be commencing this coming spring/summer. The tunnel working folks now and threaten our children and their fu-
work should be underway at Waneta in January/February ture. Demand the respect you deserve, take pride in the work
of 2011, with major forming and concrete work starting by you do, and honour that you are the ‘U’ in UNION.
I’ve been working dam jobs and doing tunnels and con-
Business Rep Chuck Chatten presenting a jacket to Ray DeCosse , Local 168 charter
member from 1952.
struction chores since 1965. I’ve been doing the best I can
to look after Local 1611’s interests since the late 1990’s and
soon there will be a need for someone else to take over these
chores as the Kootenay rep. I had the pleasure of working ‘on
the tools’ with real quality men like Ed Lonsdale, Joe Coo-
per, Don Gouldie, Rick Barber, Red Hoyt, Dewey McLellan,
and Lionel Heuscher. The last couple of years have seen me
attending too many funerals. As they retired this past No-
vember, Gary Kroeker and Wayne Peppard were recognized
for being dedicated trade unionists, and I had some thoughts
about what tough chores lay ahead for their successors. It has
been said that the final test of a leader is that he leaves behind
him in other men both the conviction and the will to carry
on. We will carry on if we all work together.
There are a lot of places around this old ball of mud I’d
like to see. But right now, I have work to do. I want to thank
the Local 1611 job stewards for their efforts throughout the
Kootenay region. Thanks for all the assistance from the train-
ing society, the good folks at our medical and pension plans,
membership services, and Local 1611’s staff. Thanks for good
direction from our E-Board and support from area reps. I’d
like to wish every member of Local 1611 and their families
the most prosperous New Year after their best Christmas
ever. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday season!
Okanagan and Interior Area
New Agreements Positive
Greetings, here we are at the end of 2010. Where did it go? of our Contractors secure some much needed work for our
2010 arrived amidst a lot of uncertainty. The economic crisis members. That money runs out in March 2011. Hopefully
in 2009 spilled over into 2010 and many of our Contractors our contractors are successful in bidding some of that work
had few if any projects on the board and prospects looked before then.
dim. The Winter Olympics did provide some employment, A lot of tenders were lost to non-union and CLAC again
and also allowed us the opportunity to take our minds off in 2010. Bidding competition for these projects is very strong.
worries for a while. Enabling some projects, although unpopular, became a nec-
Some unfinished projects from 2009 were continued in essary reality in 2010 to secure some much needed work for
2010. This helped ease the pressure a little. Emil Anderson members who otherwise may not have been working. As the
is continuing to make progress on their ‘Design Build’ job economy turns around and the work picture improves en-
near Golden. The highway project at Larkin near Vernon is ablements should become unnecessary.
finally complete and traffic is now flowing smoothly along Local 1611 has a very aggressive and successful Organiz-
this impressive stretch of Highway 97A. The Brentwood En- ing Department. Their goal was to certify 15 companies in
terprises Ltd. road project (Balmoral) near Sorrento on Hwy 2010. At the time of this report 11 have been successfully or-
1 is wrapping up for the season. It is scheduled to continue in ganized. If you are aware of a non-union or CLAC company
spring 2011. In Mining, we now have a 3 year agreement with that needs organizing, please let us know.
J.S. Redpath. We also have a 3 year Agreement with DMC Several courses were offered by the Training Plan for area
Mining Services, who had a small job at the New Gold Mine members in 2010 including Confined Space, H2S, Gas Test-
near Kamloops earlier this summer. ing, Stakes and Grades, TCP–Flagging as well as job specific
Emil Anderson did some retaining wall work at the Cop- courses. We are presently compiling a course schedule for
per Mtn. Mine near Princeton in the fall. 2011. Your input is appreciated on courses that will help you
The Stimulus money released in 2010 helped a number gain valuable skills.
Please keep your dues up and check-in regularly with dis-
patch. Make sure we have your current phone number, where
you can be reached for available work.
These are tough times, but with opportunity, understand-
ing and commitment, we will persevere. I look forward to
working with you in 2011.
Have a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season and Please Work
ABOVE: Brother Will Morris with Emil
Anderson in Golden.
RIGHT: Brother Wade Eugene
pressure testing pipe in Golden for
Future Work Picture Bright
The first snow fall has already fallen as I write this article. So I managed to visit as many sites as I could over the summer.
at this time the work picture is starting to fall off. That be- Work in the pulp mills on the industrial side picked up
ing said members have some work continuing through to the this year with the opening of the mill in Mackenzie and work
end of the year and into the spring. in the mills in Prince George and Quesnel. Viking, Clay-
On the commercial front Viking has work going on at burn, Tackwest, Thorpe and Stebbins Acc having work in
Sullivan Motors in Houston, this work will continue through the North this year, putting a lot of our members to work.
the winter. Viking also has work in the Prince George area on Work in Tumbler Ridge, Endako
a continuing basis. In Kitimat, Viking worked on replacing and Kitimat are looking bright for the
sidewalks this summer as well. quoted: start of the year. Northpointe Con-
Wayne Watson continues to work in Vanderhoof on the work will last struction working in Tumbler Ridge
new credit union building for Integris Credit Union. Work will be starting a shut down in the
is winding up on the addition to the arena in Fort St. James. for a full year, New Year to increase production at
They also have ongoing Telus work in the Prince George area. and put up to Peace River Coal. Northpointe is con-
They also have prison earlier in the year in Prince George. tinuing to bid on other work in the
The wet weather in September and October brought heavy forty members area as well.
rains in the Bella Colla area flooding the town and taking out to work Lockerbie and Hole will also be
the roads in the area. Dawson Construction was brought in hiring members in the New Year as
with their heavy equipment to rebuild the damaged roads in the job ramps up at Endako Mines,
the area. We have workers on the ground flagging and doing west of Prince George.
first aid. Rio Tinto Alcan has given Bechtel Construction another
Pasco Drilling & Blasting also has a crew in Bella Colla 50 million dollars to continue work on the aluminum plant
to blast to make rip rap to rebuild the roads effected by the in Kitimat. Starting in the New Year environmental clean-
flood waters. ing of 7 and 8 pot lines will commence. This work will last
On the road building side, Dawson has also been keep- for a full year, and put up to forty members to work. Other
ing busy in the Fort St. John area putting in large inch pipe work scheduled for next year underground utility work for
in the ground. Dean Homewood our Contractor Relations the camp, installation of the camp, a new pedestrian bridge
Rep. for the Union and myself visited this site while also vis- and vehicle bridge over Anderson Creek. Tie-ins for the
iting the Tumbler Ridge area. Western Industrial Contrac- new plant from the old one underground utility work to go
tors had a utility job in the Tumbler Ridge town site. They around the perimeter of the new plant will take place. With
have also been busy all fall working on the by-pass road in this being said it looks to be a busy year in the North next
Prince George. This is a two year job with most of the hours year.
for our members in the second year. WIC also had work in At this time I would like to ask the members to get in-
the downtown core making sidewalks wheel chair accessible. volved with the Union, as it is your Union. I can do my work
The paving crew were kept busy all summer and fall af- more efficiently if members phone in and tell me where their
ter a slow start as reported earlier in the year. Pittman, Ter- company is working, or tell me if they have any non-union
racing Paving, Kentron and Adventure were kept busy and workers on site. That way I can put our members on site or
had to move crews around the North to complete the work. sign these people into the Union. If you know people work-
The new Anode Storage building at Rio Tino Alcan site in Kitimat.
ing for non-union employees and are un-happy inform me
and the Union will try and organize them.
The more companies, the more members,
the stronger Union we have.
Finishing off this article if you need
to contact me the best way to contact me
is on my cell phone 1.250.279.1700 as
I spend a month at a time in the Prince
George office then the Kitimat office. In
closing I wish everyone the best of the sea-
son to you and your loved ones and wish-
ing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy
retiree events around the province
All pictures from the retiree lunch in Revelstoke, Sunday, September 12.
1. From left, Mark Olsen, Manuel Alvernaz, Bruce Ferguson,
Marvin Cardinal, and R.L. McDonald at Revelstoke luncheon.
All pictures from the retiree dinner in Prince George, Saturday, September
25, except pictures 1 and 2 below from Castlegar dinner, Monday,
All pictures from the retiree dinner in Castlegar, Monday, September 13.
1, 2, 3. Retiree lunch in Nanaimo, Sunday,
Balance of pictures, Retiree lunch in Penticton,
Tuesday, September 14.
All pictures from the retiree dinner in
Kelowna, Wednesday, September 15.
All pictures, Retiree lunch in Victoria, Saturday, November 13.
1. Vancouver Island NDP MLA Rob Fleming with Local
1611 retiree George Forest, and his lovely wife Jeame.
all pictures of the
december 11, 2010
will be in the retiree
1, 2, 3. Retiree dinner in Kamloops, Saturday, September 11.
Balance of pictures, Retiree lunch in Victoria, Saturday,
1 2 3
Great Member Enthusiasm
Well folks, Christmas time is rolling around again and it’s This year we made our Kootenay trip as usual we had ex-
too bad the economy didn’t join it. The best Christmas gift I ceptional turn-outs and so were the members, everyone left
could have hoped to receive was Gordon Campbell’s resig- very contented. To see the enthusiasm makes this trip a real
nations. My wife and I went out and bought a good bottle of pleasure. Kamloops, Revelstoke, Castlegar, Pentiction and
wine to celebrate. We enjoyed it right to the last drop. Kelowna were all the stops for dinners.
Bruce Ferguson, Manuel Alvernaz and myself went up to
Prince George on the following weekend. We had a regu-
lar union meeting and the dinner that night. Great bunch of
November 13 and 14 were the dates for our luncheons at
Victoria and Nanaimo. They say the Island is a great place
to live and I agree, but in my opinion it’s the people that live
there are the ones that make the place so pleasant.
The Vancouver event will be held on December 11 and
will be well attended. Pictures of the Vancouver event will be
included in our publication ‘Generation U’ and mailed to our
members in the spring 2011.
Our overall membership is holding steady and with your
help and dedication we hope to keep it there. Dues will stay
at $8.00 for 2011.
The Executive Board wish’s you all a Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year and I want to see you all the functions
ABOVE: Retiree Council President R.L. McDonald presents Local 1611 member Arthur
Da Silva a 50 year pin, with a watch and gold card recipient.
BELOW: Retiree Council President R.L. McDonald presents Local 1611member Alberto
Urbani a 50 year pin, watch and gold card recipient.
Long time Brother Michael Popil receiving his 50 year gold watch from Bruce
Fergson and R.L. McDonald.
Retiree Dues of $8.00 per month to stay same
in 2011, no increase.
Determined Men With Big Hearts
Carl Liden Many members knew Carl, for his herculean efforts at the
WCB, E.I. and CPP appeal boards.
February 3, 1929 to March 21, 2010 Carl, along with his executive assistant Jenny Tay, started
We were deeply saddened in 2010 to lose a real gentleman the Unions Membership Services office in 1982, and Carl
Carl Liden, who passed away on March 21. helped over 2000 members until he retired in April 1994.
Carl was successful in achieving multi-millions of dollars
in compensation and other benefits for members and their
families, and he did his work steadfastly, passionately and
In a previous political career Carl was a Delta City Coun-
cillor from 1958 to 1963, and an NDP MLA from 1972 to
Carl’s career also included work with the United Fisher-
men and Allied Workers Union; as the Administrator of our
Labourers Medical Plan; and as Chair of the Delta Credit
Carl Liden was a gentleman and had a huge heart for
working people and for the disabled and disadvantaged.
Carl Liden and his wife Beverley holding his award from CWSU Local 1611 for years of
On behalf of the Local 1611 Executive Board, staff and
service and dedication to the Union and community. membership, we are proud to say Carl Liden was our friend.
Roger Boychuck ries of his time in Alberta, unloading trucks for local grocery
store and cleaning professional sports uniforms, ecstatic at
February 19, 1959 to June 7, 2010 the prospect of attending some of the team’s practices. He
God’s incredible grace, along with Roger’s strength, courage also worked selling tickets for high school football games
and determination become increasingly awe-inspiring when and collected bottles at Commonwealth Stadium.
pondered against the backdrop of Roger’s life story. This ac- He remembered returning to the Vancouver area in 1985,
count was gathered through con- feeling abandoned and alone. In late 1986 he became involved
versations that Roger had with in heavy, large scale construction. Now living in Burnaby, he
various friends, both formally spent 9 years stripping concrete forms. Not only did he love
and otherwise. Born in Vancou- physical labour, but he always enjoyed building relationships
ver in 1959, Roger was left in a with other workers on the various job sites.
dumpster as an infant. Through- In the early 1990’s Roger became involved at New Life
out his childhood he suffered se- Community Church. Many of his richest relationships came
vere abuse at the hands of various from time spent at New Life Community Church, Maple
foster families and unconditional Ridge CRC, New West CRC, and with the Habitat for Hu-
love and acceptance in the homes manity community. Roger lost his mother in the late 1990’s.
of others. He recalled being Roger was proud of many of his accomplishments, par-
placed in a wonderful home by ticularly his work on the Golden Ears Bridge and over 10
Catholic welfare around the age years of service with both Habitat for Humanity and the Van-
of 6. Roger was thankful for many couver Sun Run. He was also heavily involved in various boy
of his childhood experiences, re- clubs, particularly the CRC Cadet program.
counting one summer in which Roger was a volunteer with the Variety Club for many
his brother brought books home years he enjoyed helping at the Boat for Hope and at the of-
from school and spent the sum- fice. His understanding of what it is like to start out in life
mer teaching him. Roger grew up with a disability drew him to Variety, eager to help to the end.
in the lower mainland, primarily in Burnaby and New West- Roger was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008. He has no
minster. His father died in 1972. known relatives but will be greatly missed by many.
In the late 1970’s Roger moved to Edmonton, where he Roger was a valued active member of Local 1611 since
lived and worked for a number of years. He had fond memo- 2005. He was very well liked, and is sorely missed by all.
MEMBER & UNION PARTICIPATION
Local 1611 in the NEWS in 2010
We Encourage All Members to Write to their Local
Newspapers, City Councillors, their MLA and MP on Union
and Work Related Issues.
Then Send the Information to Us.
We Will Consider Including It in Our Next Christmas Magazine.
April16, 2010 –
April15, 2010 West Kootenay Weekend
– news release er editorial
May 5, 2010 Jo and “I am an experienced loc
urnal of Com al construction worker.
“We anticipat merce article Last fall I persistently ap
e that the (co . plied for work at the
employers) w nstruction restoration of the Brillian
ill have a list o t Suspension Bridge in
bargaining, a f proposals fo Castlegar (non-union job
nd we are anx r ). I was finally hired as
on a new Coll ious to get wo a sandblaster. I wondere
ective Agreem rking d why I was the only B.C.
possible”, said ent as quickly resident on the job when
Ma as so many highly qualified
of the Laboure rk Olsen, Business Manag local people are out of wo
rk and struggling to sup-
Union Bargain Union, and Chair of the 1 port their families.
ing Council, “R 5
is a lot more th ight now, ther How can a company com
at unites us, th e e to the Kootenays and
divides us. W en there is that bring a crew from Ontar
e want our sig io, Newfoundland and Al
tors to be succ natory contra berta, and do the job chea -
essful in secu c- per than a local contrac-
so the member ring new proje tor, employing local B.C.
so cts, workers?
continue to en f our craft based Unions ca Now I know. I had to fil
joy the benefi n e a complaint with Em-
jobs.” ts of good pay ployment Standards in Ne
ing lson to be paid overtime
I earned, and to get my re
cord of employment.”
(We agree. The governm
ent needs to enforce the
law against these non-Un
Chris Chatten, Castlegar
May 12, 2010 – Vancouver Sun Oped
“A Project Labour Agreement
(PLA) approach to building the Site
“C” Dam, is in the best interests of May 21, 2010 – Peach Arch News
the province, of the northern com- Coalition Supports Waste-to-Energy Plant
munities which will be affected by Bruce Ferguson, President of Local 1611, took aim at
this Project, of the First Nations, and landfilling garbage, particularly the growing mountain
of the estimated 5,000 B.C. work- of waste at the Vancouver landfill at Burns Bog.
ers who will be directly employed in “In another 20 years, we won’t have to go to Whis-
building it”, said Mark Olsen Chair of tler for the Olympics, we can use the landfill mountain
the Coalition of B.C. Building Trade as a downhill ski run. We should be building modern
Unions. waste-to-energy plants like they have in Europe.”
May 31, 2010 – Jo
urnal of Commer
Drugs and Alcohol ce
not a problem for July 22, 2010 – Hope Standard Paper
workers on B.C. si Union
“The biggest part of “An incinerator built in metro Vancouver
our industry testin could bring a job bonanza, but Mark Olsen
results, was to confi g
rm what we were ho (Coalition Chair) thinks it is certain to be de-
that the vast major ping,
ity of unionized w feated, by fear over air pollution risks.
clean of drugs and orkers are
alcohol,” said Mar
President of the Bar k Olsen, The public just won’t agree to it. So, if you
don’t back the waste-to-energy Project in Gold
River, inevitably it’s going to mean expanded
landfilling in Cache Creek or Burns Bog.”
August 13, 2010 –
Open letter to Editor of the Vancouver Sun
“We represent the Latin American workers, the October 18, 2010 – Busin
Vancouver Sun so easily dismissed in your opin- ess in Vancouver
Successful Human Rights
ion column. The critical question is whether you Decision triggers
review of B.C. workplace
support International Construction companies law.
“Seli/SNC Lavalin in a m
bringing their overseas labour relations practices ulti-year battle
with the Construction an
to B.C. If you agree, then it was okay for Seli and d Specialized Work-
ers’ Union Local 1611, in
SNC Lavalin to pay Latin American workers as volved a (successful)
Union organizing drive,
little as $3.77 per hour as skilled tunnel construc- the threat of strike
action and (successful) he
tion miners in B.C.. It is okay to pay temporary arings at the La-
bour Relations Board an
foreign workers as little as they are willing to d the Human Rights
work for, and in clear contradiction of the Human
Rights legislation, and basic ethical morality. (Now employers are tryin
g to merge the
Labour Relations Board,
You should be applauding the B.C. Human Employment Stan-
dards and Human Rights
Rights Decision, rather than being an apologist into one tribunal.
This is a major step back
for the employers practices. But I guess you agree ward, and we dis-
agree, and have joined th
that the Latin American workers should get the e BC Federation of
Labour and CLC to oppo
bone”, said Mark Olsen. se it.)
10 – Ottawa C alive in B.C. e shipbuilding
No vember 13, 20 p shipbuilding n upgraded. Th romising. We
s work to kee ave bee
Various group ethods used, h e future is ver
workforc e, and some m provement. Th ”
e will be ready,
B.C. oving towards
. aims high. W ard Unit.
“Much of the at is m in B.C
. is just one th ilding industry – Dock and Sh
industry in B.C ting to change. The shipbu n, Local 1611
ap rs Unio
must and are ad r, representative of Laboure
stated Rick Sp
It’s Your Union, and Your Community,
Get Involved, You Can Make a Difference.
Aboriginal Liaison & Contractor Relations
New Directions Possible
I am now the Contractor Relations Representative & the Ab- The Aboriginal Community is also getting into the power
original Liaison Officer for Local 1611. & energy industry. I attended the first Annual ‘National Ab-
I have been meeting with Contractors and talking to them original Power & Energy Association’ Conference in Toronto
about possibly going in a new direction. By this I mean for the second week in October, 2010. I have had several meet-
example, an ICI General Contractor who builds concrete ings with three (3) of the directors in Vancouver. They let
high rises may never have thought about building, pouring me know about the conference that was coming up. It was
and stripping of Wind Turbine Bases. Some of the new Wind great chance for LiUNA Locals across Canada to come to-
Farm Projects have fifty (50) or more Turbines. The average gether and sponsor a booth. The booth was manned by
amount of concrete in one base is 270 metres. That could LiUNA Representatives from Ontario, New Brunswick, BC,
double depending on where the base is, often on the side of and Manitoba. LiUNA was the only Union to have a booth
a hill or mountain. The bases that are on top of rock need to at the show.
have hole drilled for rebar etc. More work for members. The conference brought together Wind, Solar and Water
The renewable energy program isn’t brand new, but in Energy Producing contractors from the Aboriginal Commu-
the last few years, there have been more and more applica- nity as well as the Mainstream Community. It was a great
tions for water licenses and permits related to the production chance to introduce the companies to our Union (LiUNA)
of electricity as the demand for power steadily grows. The and talk about how we are working towards building rela-
amount of work related to the tions with Aboriginal Communities across Canada.
• Run-of-the-River Projects BC Hydro, Plutonic Power, Pristine Power, Skypower
• Solar Farms Ltd., Naikun Wind Energy Group, Savanna Energy Services
• Wind Turbine Farms Corp., Clean Energy BC (was Independent Power Producers
• Bio Mass Projects is staggering. BC), First Green Energy, Ontario Power, Sequoia Energy all
It opens up a whole new work opportunity for Contrac- had representatives in attendance.
tors and members. It is predicted that the demand for elec- Several Aboriginal communities have partnered together
tricity will double in the next ten (10) years. By assisting our and either bought Power & Energy companies outright or
contractors with project announcements, bid opportunities partnered with them. This presents a great chance for Lo-
etc, we will be well positioned to hopefully get our fair share cal 1611 to work on building a relationship and partnerships
of the work. By working in conjunction with our training with the Aboriginal Community. This will hopefully lead
plan, we can provide our contractors with the highly skilled to more work opportunities and training opportunities for
workers needed to stay ahead of the competition. members of the Aboriginal Community.
We have developed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) to build and
strengthen relations with First Nations,
Metis and Inuit communities in BC &
We have a relationship with a group
from Prince George, called the Prince
George Nechako Aboriginal Employ-
ment Training Society (PGNAETA),
Business Representative Mat McGreish
with myself along with Clarence Bob,
LiUNA North West Organizing Coali-
tion Organizer/Tribal Council Liaison
have had several meetings. We have ne-
gotiated a ‘Braided Accord’, which is a
MOU that was developed specifically for
the Aboriginal Community.
We have a Local 1611 Contractor,
Mitchell Installations who are currently
bidding on BC Hydro work in the north-
Dean Homewood with organizers from across Canada at the first Annual ‘National Aboriginal Power & Energy
ern portion of BC. One of the stipula-
Association’ Conference in Toronto.
tions in the bidding process for one of the projects is that velop and strengthen relations with the Aboriginal Commu-
they (Mitchell) have a relationship with the Aboriginal Com- nity.
munity. We have met with a representative from Rio Tinto Alcan
We are currently developing a relationship with the Pa- who have partnered with the Kitimat Valley Institute and 15
cific Trails Pipeline /ASEP Training Society. We have met local First Nation communities to put together a program
once and are planning another meeting for next month. The for training up members of the Aboriginal Community for
pipeline work picture could take off in the next year or so and work in the Kitimat Modernization Project. As well as other
Local 1611 would benefit from this relationship. work in the area. By working directly with the Kitimat Valley
We are working with the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Institute and our training plan, our Union will be working
Association /ASEP Training Society to develop a relation- directly with all 15 First Nation Communities.
ship. It would be beneficial to all of our mining 7 tunnel We have met and developed a relationship with the Squa-
members and the Aboriginal Community. mish Nation and their Employment partner, Stitsma Em-
We are also working on developing a relationship with the ployment Centre in North Vancouver. We are working on
BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA). They signing a MOU and continue to try and strengthen our re-
recently have partnered with the Association for Mineral Ex- lationship.
ploration (AME BC). Both of these organizations would help With regard to Ktunaxa First Nation, Business Represen-
our members and further our relations with the Aboriginal tative Chuck Chatten and I attended a meeting on Ktunaxa
Community. traditional territory near Cranbrook, BC with other Building
We have met with the Aboriginal Training Advisor for the Trades Union reps. to discuss training & work opportunities
Tsawwassen First Nation / Van ASEP Partnership, and are on the upcoming upgrade to the Waneta Dam. The Ktunaxa
currently developing a working relationship that will hope- and Okanagon Band have partnered with SNC/Lavalin who
fully benefit our members, contractors with work opportuni- is the Project Manager for the job. The meeting lasted most
ties for our members and Aboriginal members. of the day and all of the attendees were given a historical les-
We have met with the Aboriginal Relations & Negotia- son about the Ktunaxa First Nation. We have started working
tions Director for BC Hydro, he has offered suggestions on on building a strong relationship with the Ktunaxa.
how to strengthen relations with the Aboriginal Community. Our Union was asked by Covanta, a renewable energy
We have met with the Aboriginal Education & Employ- company from the United States to help lobby local govern-
ment Strategy Manager for BC Hydro, we have exchanged ment for support for a Waste–to–Energy Plant on Vancou-
ideas on how this organization could move forward and de- ver Island. The town of Gold River, BC supports it, and the
Mayor as well as the Aboriginal Community. I attended sev-
eral meetings that were put on by the GVRD and attended
by the First Nation. Local First Nation Communities from
Vancouver to Lytton support the plan to stop stockpiling of
garbage in landfills and turning waste in to energy. It was
very rewarding to me to be able to talk to Elders and see
them genuinely happy that our Union was supporting this
important cause. Our Union has made a lot of new friends
and hopefully this will lead to more employment opportuni-
ties for our members and new members from the Aborigi-
nal community. We should be hearing on whether or not the
project gets approved by the end of this year. If approved it
would move ahead very fast as Covanta has all of the permits
needed to start construction already in place.
I would like to wish all of the
CSWU Local 1611 members,
their families, Contractors, Ex-
ecutive Board, Business Rep-
resentatives, and support Staff
a very Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year. I hope that
2011 is all that we have wished
for, and may you all enjoy great
times with your families.
Waste-to-Energy meeting for the
Covanta project in Campbell River.
Members of the Mowachaht/Mucha-
laht First Nations supporting the
union Members Hard at Work
1. Underground in the Powerhouse Unit #5 & #6 at the Mica Creek Dam. Note the two penstocks
that will produce 1000mg. watts of electrical energy once on line in a few years.
2. Infrastructure at the Mica Creek town site.
Balance of Pictures: Mica Dam Spillway.
1. L1611 member Linda Sarka Safety Officer with Huron, discusses
safety issues with a fellow employee at Domtar Kamloops.
2. Work continues on a retaining wall at the Road project with
3 Brentwood Ent. near Sorrento.
3. Members Robert Turanski and Chris Dabner inside the Plume at
4. Brother Jeff Bailey is a high scaler for Emil Anderson.
5. 1611 member Robert Turanski, working for Huron during shut
down at Domtar, waiting to enter the hatch into the Plume
where he will continue the scrubdown.
6. Traffic Control members Darlene Hoy and Bob Aasen on the job
for Dawson Construction.
7. 1611 member Bev Huppie, traffic control supervisor with Brent
wood Ent. at Sorrento Site.
7 8. President Bruce Ferguson with the bot beam steel crew at
1. L1611 members working for Chet Construction.
2. Members of L1611 working on Delta Port Rail project in Delta.
Balance of Pictures: Pacific Blasting demolition crew at BC Place.
Photo credit: Peter Palm.
1. Members of L1611 take a lunch break on Bosa Construction site at Hastings Street,
2. Employees of Bosa Construction working on residential high rise at UBC Lands.
3. L1611 members working for Bosa at UBC Residential Highrise project during their
4. Bosa Construction prepares for construction of residential property in Vancouver.
Balance of pictures: Local 1611 members at the North Vancouver Twin Tunnel project
working for Frontier Kemper.
1. L1611 members and job steward Jason Wall (far right) bluffing
with the 3 of clubs.
2. The Imasco Mill Site; part of the milling process that crushes the
dolomite rock once received from the miners, to make
3. Members (l to r) Sheldon Clint, Derek Zeminek and Jose Tubio
during their lunch break.
4. Imasco miners at Crawford Bay on Imasco property drilling
dolomite underground to supply the mill site. (l to r) Steve Hear,
Glen Press and Albert Bothamley.
5. L1611 members working for Farmer, (l to r) foreman Tony Barros
and Jose Correia.
6. L1611 member Ray Seymour working for Campbell Construction.
7. L1611 member Barry Vermaat.
8. Farmer’s concrete foreman (left) Jose Tubio with Dave
9 9. Imasco crew working at the Mill Site near Sirdar earlier this year.
4 1. L1611 sister Vivian Varga controlling an intersection at a Chet Construction job site.
2. L1611 members employed by APS Structures in Langley, pose for a picture with President
Bruce Ferguson during their lunch break.
3. Brother and foreman David Laxton working for Chet Construction.
4. Manuel Alvernaz with L1611 member Luis De Sousa standing by the reco panels at
5. First Aid 1611 member Malcolm Spronson receiving a union jacket from President Bruce
6. L1611 members Mario Bulhoes and John Adams, at Armtec/Con-force working beside the
heavy units for the Port Mann Bridge.
7. L1611 members (l) is Sami Shlaimon and Brian Pearson of Pacific Blasting of the demo
division; wall saw cutting at Neptune Terminals, working for LNS Services cutting 12”-14”
8. Cutting & Coring crew (l) L1611 members Brian Pearson, Sami Shlaimon and Tom Bagaric of
9. Pacific Blasting Manager for cutting & coring divison, Tom Bagaric with Sami Shlaimon and
Brian Pearson at Neptune Terminals. Pictures 7, 8, 9: Photo credit Peter Palm.
Merry ChristMas and happy new year
From Bob, helen, Brenda, sam, Fred, ray, ennio and evelyn at the training plan
UPCOMING VANCOUVER AREA
Provincial Traffic Certification
(3 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Course Dates: January 19 – 21 or January 26 – 28, 2011
Held at: Clock Tower , 3550 Kingsway, Vancouver
(2 day course 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: February 1 & 2, or February 3 & 4, or
February 7 & 8, 2011
Held at: Clock Tower , 3550 Kingsway, Vancouver
Confined Space Entry
(1 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: January 11 or January 18 or January 25, 2011
Held at: Best Western Kings Inn, 5411 Kingsway, Burnaby
(2 day course 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: January 12 – 13 or January 19 – 20 or
January 26 – 27, 2011
Held at: Best Western Kings Inn, 5411 Kingsway, Burnaby
(5 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: January 17 – 21 or January 24 – 28, 2011
Held at: Held at: Best Western Kings Inn, 5411 Kingsway,
Concrete Placing, Vibration & Finishing
(10 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: February 14 – 25, 2011
Blueprint Reading – Sewer, Water, Roads
(5 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: January 10 – 14, 2011 Rakerman On-The-Job Training
Two week program starting May 2, 2011 with continuous
Survey Leveling/Grademan Part 1
intake every two weeks.
(10 day course 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Course Dates: January 17 – 28, 2011 NIGHT TIME COURSES
Survey Layout/Grademan Part 2 Rigging/Slinging/Signaling
(10 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) (10 nights 7:00 – 9:30 pm)
Course Dates: January 31 – February 11, 2011 Monday & Thursday Nights
January 10 – February 10, 2011
The above courses held at Strawberry Hill Hall
12152 – 15A Avenue, Surrey. Survey Leveling/Grademan
(10 nights 7:00 – 9:30 pm)
Sparkwatch – Fire Extinguishers
Monday & Thursday Nights
(4 hour course 9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
February 14 – March 17, 2011
Course Dates: January 14 or January 21 or
January 28, 2011 The above courses held at Strawberry Hill Hall
Held at: Justice Institute, 13500 – 256th St, Maple Ridge 12152 – 15A Avenue, Surrey
OUT OF TOWN COURSES CASTLEGAR:
(5 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Course Dates: March 21 – 25, 2011
(10 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Course Date: March 25 – April 8, 2011 Confined Space Entry
1 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Concrete Placing, Vibration & Finishing
Course Date: March 28, 2011
(10 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course Date: April 25 – May 6, 2011 Gas Testing
2 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Rigging/Slinging/Signalling Course Date: March 29 – 30, 2011
(5 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Course date: May 9 – 13, 2011 The above courses to be held at:
Fireside Inn, 1810 8th Ave, Castlegar
The above courses to be held at the
Rod & Gun Club, end of Rifle Range Rd, Terrace KAMLOOPS
PRINCE GEORGE (10 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Forklift/GLG/Manlift Course Date: February 21 – March 4, 2011
(5 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm) Held at IBEW Hall, 873 Desmond St, Kamloops
Course Dates: March 7 – 11, 2011
Concrete Placement, Vibration, Finishing Survey Layout/Grademan
(10 day course 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) (10 day course 8:00 am – 4 pm)
Course Dates: April 4 – 15, 2011 Course Date:: March 7 – 18, 2011
Course location to be advised Held at Rutland Hall, 180 Rutland St, Kelowna
CORRESPONDENCE COURSES AVAILABLE
COURSE REIMBURSEMENTS Falling & Bucking Training Standard
The Board of Directors of the Training Plan A program that was developed by the W.C.B. and PRO-
have set aside funds to financially assist mem- FESSIONAL FALLERS that is on a DVD. Phone the Training
bers who want to take the following courses. Plan for the training package. It’s well worth doing.
To be eligible for a 50% reimbursement of your W.H.M.I.S.
tuition costs you have to be a member in good If you don’t have a W.H.M.I.S. card, phone the Training Plan
standing and have contributing hours in the for the correspondence course.
last 12 months. Forklift
This course is for experienced forklift operators. A DVD,
• *Level 2 First Aid
workbook and an exam are in the package.
• *Level 3 First Aid
• H2S Alive Phone the TRAINING PLAN at 604-433-5523 or 1-800-661-
• Blasting Certification & Re-Certification 3001 to register for a course or to get a correspondence
• Traffic Control Person
• Construction Safety Officer &
• Construction Safety Coordinator &
*For Construction Safety Officer and
Construction Safety Coordinator you MUST
have a current Level 2 or 3 First Aid ticket to
qualify for reimbursement.
Call the Training Plan for details about these
courses and the criteria for reimbursement.
If there are ‘construction related’ training courses that you
are interested in taking that are NOT offered by the Train-
ing Plan, send a letter to the Training Plan PRIOR to at-
tending the course requesting ‘consideration of reimburse-
ment’ for the course you are interested in taking.
The Board of Directors approval must be given prior to
courses starting in order to receive any reimbursements.
Training Plan Courses
To Register Call 604-433-5523 or 1-800-661-3001
Health Care and Wellness
Contract Talks Ongoing
Contract talks for a new Community Social Services collec- Sandringham Care Centre is set to begin in December. A
tive agreement continue for our members from HOMES. meeting was held on November 30th with the members, to
These negotiations have been very difficult given the Liberal discuss and plan bargaining mandates. Please call the office,
government’s net zero mandate. The Association of Unions’ 250.382.1511, if you wish further input or updates.
bargaining committee continues to press to have this sector’s To the members who work at Nigel and Harriot House, we
low wages and inferior benefits addressed. Members also gave continue to fight for your employment rights. Please call the
the committee the mandate to ensure employment security, office if you require information through this process.
provide safe and respectful work sites and demonstrate fair On behalf of myself and the members, I wish to thank the
work practices. A union meeting was held in Abbottsford in job stewards who work so very hard for their co-workers.
September, to discuss the progress of the negotiations. Stay You all are very dedicated and the work you do is invaluable
tuned for more updates in the New Year. I encourage you to to your work sites.
call if you require any further information. Best wishes to you and your families and may you all en-
The collective bargaining for James Bay Care Centre and joy a wonderful holiday season and New Year.
Members’ Unity Important
Brothers and Sisters, 2010 is approaching an end and I would for concessionary packages in their proposals. We the Union
like to thank each and every one of you for your hard work with the help of the Bargaining Committee are looking at all
and dedication in the service sector. One Collective Agree- possible avenues to obtain the best possible collective agree-
ment has been ratified and we have three more to ratify. ments for you the members. With your support and input I
United Protection Services was ratified with an overwhelm- am sure that we can get the remaining collective agreements
ing 89% in favour. The remaining Collective Agreements are completed.
Garda Security, Impark and Cowie Maintenance. With the We have two more Collective Agreements that are coming to
state of the economy being as it is the remaining negotia- expiration in 2011; the Service Corporation International
tions all have their challenges with certain Employers asking (Canada) Limited “Funeral Division” in March 31, 2011 and
Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. in June 30,
2011. We will be holding proposal meetings in
the New Year but I urge you the membership
to call me or email me ideas for your Collective
Agreements before the proposal meetings.
We as a membership need to stick together.
If we are at separate ends of a rope and pull we
will not get anywhere, we all need to be on one
end and pull together to reach our goals.
Once again I am asking for assistance from
our members with the organizing the unorga-
nized parking, security or any other compa-
nies that are among us. If you have any family
or friends working for these companies please
call me so we can achieve better working con-
ditions throughout the sectors.
I would like to end by wishing you all a
L1611 members Chad Barry, John Van Harmelen (Shop Steward) and Tyler Rorison working hard for Halton Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Recycling aba: Emterra Environmental.
Labourers’ Membership Services
Report Injuries Immediately
By the time you read this newsletter we hope you and your because the worker can’t explain in detail the incident when
family are healthy and enjoying the holiday season. Before the injury happened. If you feel symptoms of an injury get-
you start work in the New Year there a few issues we would ting worse as the day goes on such as muscles getting sore,
like to remind you about. stiffness or pain increasing, think back carefully over the day.
Let’s not forget what the provincial Liberals did to WCB How might it have happened? Report it to the First Aid at-
as soon as they came into power – they took the 2 most im- tendant before you go home. That five or ten minutes spent
portant words out of the title of the organization, “Worker” recording the incident with the First Aid Attendant could
and “Compensation” – and called it WorkSafeBC! save you a lot of time, pain and difficulty later on when ap-
REPORT ALL INJURIES IMMEDIATELY plying for a Workers’ Compensation claim.
If you are injured at work, report it to the First Aid at- FINALLY – IF YOU’RE CLAIM HAS BEEN DENIED
tendant immediately. Explain the incident in detail to the at- There is a 90 day time limit to file an appeal with the Re-
tendant and make sure everything is written down. Also see view Division and a 30 day time limit to file an appeal to the
a doctor as soon as possible or, if the doctor is unavailable, go Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
to your local clinic or the emergency ward at the hospital. In If you file a WCB claim and the claim is denied, make
our industry, we tend to go home each night with aches and sure you call us as soon as you get the decision letter. Also,
pains. How many times do we trip or feel something go ‘pop’ our department will assist members with problems involving
in the back or pull a muscle and shrug it off. We think the the Employment Insurance Commission (EI) and in obtain-
pain will go away over time. We don’t report the injury and ing Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability benefits.
most of the time it’s nothing. Our office is located above the Local 1611 office at 3550
But, if the pain doesn’t go away, if it gets worse over Kingsway in Vancouver, Suite 205. Our phone numbers are:
time, then it could turn out to be a compensable injury. If 604.437.6889 ext. 224 or toll free 1.888.788.2888, and you
you didn’t report that first incident then the Workers Com- can fax us at: 604.437.5684. If you are unable to reach me,
pensation Board will deny your claim. They will state that it please do not hesitate to contact my assistant Patrizia.
couldn’t have happened at work because there is no record of On behalf of the Labourers’ Membership Services, Pa-
you reporting the injury. If you did report it, then you have trizia and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the
evidence to support your claim. members and their families the very best this holiday season
Often the Workers Compensation Board will deny a claim and remember, be careful and watch out for each other.
Medical and Pension Plans
Your Plans Financially Sound
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from all of us ments for both the Medical and Pension Plans. We will also
in the Medical and Pension Plan administration office. be sending out Pension Plan Statements for active members
I can confirm that the Medical and Pension Plans are in before the end of June 2011.
sound financial shape. This is due in no small part to sen- For members covered for benefits through Pacific Blue
sible financial management of the plans by the trustees. The Cross, we are pleased to confirm that direct deposit of ex-
plans have policies and procedures in place that outline how tended health and dental claims payments is available. You
the plans are administered and overseen. The Pension Plan can enroll for direct deposit on the Pacific Blue Cross website
has a formal Governance Policy that the trustees follow at www.pbchbs.com by following the links for CARESnet.
when managing the Plan and the Medical Plan is currently I would like to thank the Medical and Pension Plan staff
developing a formal Governance Policy that will be ready in for their dedication and commitment in providing excellent
Spring 2011. service to you, the Plan members.
We will be publishing a Benefit Plan Newsletter in 2011. If you have any questions about your benefits, do not hesi-
This newsletter will include the most recent Financial State- tate to contact us at 604.437.8598.
History Book in the Making
New Assignment Exciting
Well it’s that time of year again, where families and close some of your Executive Board and Retiree Council Execu-
friends get together to celebrate the holiday season. Short- tive members, and meeting with both retired and working
ly after I took over as your Dispatcher, and this is my third members and talking about this exciting project with them.
year here, the economy hit the skids, and it has been tough In 2011 I will be packing my tape recorder and my camera
slugging ever since. In spite of that however, I can’t express and traveling around the province interviewing members to
enough what a pleasure it has been getting to get stories for the book. We are looking for stories
know you all, and discovering what a wonder- that involve labour issues, site specific situations,
ful group of members we have here within Local quoted: and of course human interest stories that relate
1611. to our work. If there are members both full-time
in 2012 and retired, that I have not already encountered,
2011 will bring new beginnings to many of
you, and that includes me. I will have a new role we will be who might have an interesting story to tell, please
with the Union starting January 2011. Tony will contact me at 604.432.9300 or for outside of Van-
celebrating couver area 1.800.663.6588.
continue as your dispatcher. Tony has been a su-
perb Co-Dispatcher, Co-Worker, and friend to our 75th My additional duties will include being our li-
me, and my only request is to ask you to support aison with Skillplan, establishing and overseeing
Tony the same way you have supported me.
anniversary a mentoring program, and our charitable efforts.
In 2012 we will be celebrating our 75th Anni- In closing, I cannot say enough good things
versary, and my new assignment beginning January 1, 2011 about Donna Mansel, and our entire office staff, who always
will be primarily to work with researcher and author Mark manage to keep things rolling, often under challenging cir-
Warrior of “Light at the End of the Tunnel the First Forty cumstances.
Years, A History of the Tunnel and Rock Workers Union Finally, it is crucial for the future of Local 1611, that we
of British Columbia Local 168”. Mark Warrior to produce a continue to turn over every stone in our efforts to create
75th Anniversary book for Local 1611. In 2010 a bit of my more work for our members, so please give Manuel Alver-
time was spent traveling around parts of the province with naz, our Chief Organizer your unqualified support.
Update Information Regularly
Season’s greetings to all. In regards to dispatching, I am again asking all members
Starting in January, I will now be the sole dispatcher for to make sure that dispatch is updated with your current work
the Union. I welcome this new challenge and I am excited situation as it is constantly changing for some. Please tell me
about this. Please be patient with me, I will do my best to ad- when you are hired, laid off, or out of work. Make sure you
dress all dispatch questions or concerns, and the office staff are easily reachable when looking for work and that our main
will be taking messages for me and I will try to return them office has your current cell and other contact numbers on
in a timely manner. However, any questions regarding agree- file.
ments, jurisdiction, or other circumstances on the job site, I do not want any member losing out on a job because I
should be addressed by your appropriate Union Business was unable to reach them and had to move on to the next
Representative. If you are unsure who that is, please contact person on the list.
the union office or myself and we can direct you to the prop- Lastly, checking-in with dispatch to keep your name ac-
er representative. tive on the out-of-work board is very important. However,
I urge all members to be vigilant in keeping your dues up this only needs to be done once a month, and please try to
to date, so as to avoid suspension and be eligible for dispatch, limit it to that.
for I will have less time to inform you about your current I wish you and your families the very best during this
status. holiday season and will see you in the New Year.
We Honour Our Deceased Members
November 19th, 2009 to November 18th, 2010
ANDERSEN, Vejno CHEVALIER, Joseph LANGE, William QUADE, Johannes
ARSENAULT, Leo CINELLI, Luigi LIDEN, Carl QUALIZZA, Pietro
BARTO, Gustave CLIFFORD, Marvin MacDONALD, Alexander RIPOLO, Vincenzo
BARTOLOVIC, Ivan COLPO, Bortolo MAHRINGER, Frank SANTI, Tarcisio
BIERNACZYK, Peter COMMON, Brian MANGIOLA, Francesco SAVOY, Peter
BISSETT, Clarence CUNNINGHAM, Clifford MARKOVIC, George SCHECK, Philip
BOE, Mervin DESROSIERS, George McGURIN, Edward SCHNERCH, Rudolf
BONDERENKO, Walter DUARTE, Jose MONTEIRO, Trajano SHOWALTER, Bruce
BOURGEOIS, Jean DWYER, Terrance MOORE, Philippe SOARES, John
BOYCHUCK, Roger ELLIGOTT, Alan NEVES, Jose STEVENSON, William
BROWN, Wilfred FALKENSTERN, Robert NISSEN, Mogens SWAIN, Henry
CAIN, Donald GILMORE, William OKLEN, Aldo TREMBLAY, Real
CAMOZZI, Arthur HANSEN, Lester OLANSKI, Mike TSANAS, Marianthi
CASEY, Robin HANSON, Dennis PATERSON, Robert VAYRYNEN, Juha
CENTOLA, Nunzio HOPE, James PETERS, Frank VIEIRA, Antonio
CERON, Giuseppe JOHNSTON, Thomas PINCH, Joyce WALKER, Herbert
CHABOT, Ghislain KINASCHUK, Metro POPLEN, Allen WILKINSON, David
PRIMAVERA, Jose WINJE, Clayton
To be written in 2011
• We are writing a history book about Local 1611,
and its six predecessors Local 105, 168, 602,
1070, 1093 and 1204.
• Do you have interesting stories about your
work, your fellow members, or employers you
have worked for?
• Let us know. We want to accumulate 75 stories
to cover the 75 years.
• It is your Union, be part of its written history.
• Once produced all members will receive a free
Please call Merrick Walsh
at our office – 604.432.9300.
Pacific Blasting Demolition Crew at BC Place.
publication agreement number 1536429
return undeliverable Canadian Mail to:
#208 - 3550 kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. V5r 5X4