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Labour Day at the Fair at the PNE

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IUPAT DC38 is excited to invite you to Labour Day 2018 at the Fair at the PNE, brought to you in partnership with the Vancouver District Labour Council, BC Federation of Labour, New Westminster District Labour Council, and other sponsoring unions.


Free Admission
DC38 has secured a limited block of wristbands for members and their families to gain entry to the PNE, free of Charge, on Monday, September 3rd.

To get free entry, you must:
1. Register with us
2. Pick up your wristband between 9 and 10am on event day.


All wristbands must be picked up before the rally on event day.


Register
Click here to register for a wristband. Note: children aged 13 years and under get in free and do not require a wristband.

Get your Wristband
Arrive at the Pacific Coliseum (map) between 9:00 and 10:00am on Monday, September 3rd, to get your wristband.

Free wristbands will not be given out after 10:00am. If you are unable to pick up the wristband during the allotted time you will need to purchase admission from the gate at full price ($18).

Important:
• If you are not able register for a free wristband or pick one up between 9 and 10am on the day of the event, you can purchase discounted admission (details below).
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. See below for details on discounted ride passes.


What’s Happening?

Labour Rally
Come kick the day off, from 10am to 11am, with a Union Labour Rally inside the Pacific Coliseum. Speakers will include labour leaders and local politicians. The Coliseum will only be open to members and guests of the sponsoring Unions.

There will be entertainment for children, and a chance to get to know your fellow union Brothers and Sisters from across the province.

At 11am the front doors of the coliseum will open to the fair grounds for us to enjoy the rest of the day at the PNE.

Private Picnic Area
In addition to the Rally at the Coliseum, and free admission to the PNE, members with wristbands will get access to a private picnic area that’s been set aside just for us.

The Fair at the PNE
SuperDogs, ToonCity, Horse Jumping, Mini Doughnuts, Rides, The Market Place, Cyndi Lauper, and so much more. Click here to view the daily schedule.


Wristbands will be required to gain access to the rally, PNE, private picnic area, and community-partner booth zone.

Discounted Admission
If you don’t think you can make it to the rally, but still want to attend the Fair on Labour Day, you can purchase discounted Admission passes (Save $6).

Discounted Ride Passes
Discounted ride passes are available to DC38 members and their guests.
Regular ride passes have been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and junior ride passes has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00).


Discounted admission and ride passes are valid on Monday, September 3rd only and can be purchased by clicking here.


Details
Date: Monday, September 3rd
Location: Pacific Coliseum (at the PNE), 100 North Renfrew Street (map)
Wristband Pickup: Between 9 and 10am
Labour Day Rally: Between 10 and 11am
Park Opens: 11am

As a reminder:
• You must arrive before the Rally to get your free wristband; if you are not on time, you will need to purchase admission at a Fair gate.
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. Discounted ride passes are available: a regular ride pass has been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and a junior ride pass has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00)
• Taking transit or cycling to the event is encouraged; parking at the PNE is $20 for the day

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcomes Familiar Faces in Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle

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July 23, 2018 – (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is looking forward to working with the new Ministers, following Justin Trudeau’s latest Cabinet shuffle.

CBTU is pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau kept familiar faces within areas that are important to the Building Trades Unions.  “We have been big advocates for pipeline construction, protection of Canadian jobs within negotiated trade agreements, community benefits and project labour agreements with public infrastructure projects.  So, to have familiar faces in these ministries are welcomed,” says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.  “Minister Sohi, Minister Champagne, and Minister Carr have been tremendous supporters of our causes within the Trudeau Government and we are looking forward to moving files collaboratively in their new respective department,” says Blakely.

CBTU is extremely pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has kept Minister Patty Hadju in the portfolio of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.  “Minister Hadju has been a champion for organized labour and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue building our relationship with her in this ministry,” says Blakely.

“We have made positive strides on many important files on behalf of our 500,000 members from across the country and we are confident that we will continue the momentum with the recent Ministerial changes,” concludes Blakely.

Service for Don Paton This Weekend

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A celebration of life will be held this weekend in memory of our friend and brother, Don Paton.

On Sunday July 29th. from 1:00 to 5:00 pm please join with us in remembering this very special man.

The event will be held at the Operating Engineers Union Hall located at 4333 Ledger Avenue in Burnaby.

We look forward to seeing you there as we look back on a life well lived.

Whitecaps Union Night 2018

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District Council 38, along with other Unions affiliated with the BC Federation of Labour, has taken advantage of a special offer by the Vancouver Whitecaps to allow Union members to attend their September 01 match versus the San Jose Earthquakes for a reduced price. Tickets that were normally priced at $36.00 are available to our members for $27.00. Please see the attached poster with regard to this offer. DC 38 intends to purchase a limited number of thickets for this match. If you or your family are interested in this special promotion, please contact Paddy Byrne at 604-580-3112 and be sure to mention that your are interested in purchasing tickets for this match.

GO CAPS!!

70 Year Member, Bill Hunt, Receives His Pin

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At this year’s annual retirees recognition celebration two things were missing. First, Paddy Byrne, the Director of Training of the FTI, who normally serves as the Master of Ceremonies at the pin presentations, was away in Greece celebrating his wife’s 60th birthday. Second and more importantly, William (Bill) Hunt, our longest serving, continuous member of our Council, was unable to attend due to health issues.

Today both Bill and Paddy were able to get together along with Business Manager, David Holmes, to recognize an important milestone in our union’s history. Bill, at the fine old age of 98, was presented with his pin recognizing his over 70 years of continuous membership in our union. This is an amazing accomplishment and marks the first time ever our Council has handed out a 70 year pin.

Bill was very appreciative of the fact that Dave and Paddy took the time to travel out to Abbottsford in order to present Bill with his pin personally. However, Bill’s biggest smile of the day came when Paddy presented him with a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Paddy told Bill that he and Dave are looking forward to presenting Bill with his 71 year pin next year along with another bottle of wine, which of course elicited another big smile from Bill.

Congratulations again Bill from all of the Members of IUPAT DC 38.

Long Time Rep and DC 38 Santa in Poor Health

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(UPDATE)    Sadly, it is with our deepest regrets that we must inform you that our beloved friend and brother, Don Paton, has now passed away. We were informed this week by his daughter Laura, that Don succumbed to his illness on Monday evening. A memorial service is being planned for Don, sometime around the end of July. We will keep you posted as to the details once we receive them. Our sincerest condolences go out to Don’s entire family.

   We regret to inform you that long time Member of DC 38 and former Business Representative for Glazier’s Local 1527, Don Paton, is in failing health. Don, known to most of our members as “Santa Claus” at the annual DC 38 Children’s Christmas Party, is currently battling cancer and by all accounts, our beloved brother has very little time left with us.

Director of Training Paddy Byrne and Drywall Finishing Instructor, Kelvin Campbell, paid Don a visit at Abbottsford hospital yesterday in an effort to pick up Don’s spirits and to let him know his brothers and sisters at DC 38 have him at the forefront of our minds right now. The sad story here is that Don only recently lost his wife Patricia, who was our “Mrs. Claus” to this same terrible disease. Don was so consumed with looking after the love of his life in her final days that he never let anyone know the pain that he was suffering from and the extent to which the cancer in him was progressing.

Don is currently in room 3036 at Abbottsford Hospital, however there are plans to move Don into hospice as soon as possible.  Don would welcome anyone who would like to pay him a visit but please check with the union hall first as to the status of Don’s situation.

We wish Don and his family all the best in this time of sorrow and wish to express our love and gratitude for everything Don has done in the service of our union.

Speaking with Don yesterday, he told us that his fondest memories will always be of the union Christmas parties and the joy both he and his wife Patricia shared in spending time with all of the children and their parents. Don’s only regret was that Christmas wasn’t 365 days of the year.

Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification gets Technical Support from The FTI of BC

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Recently, 42 representatives from across the North American glazing industry met in Hanover Maryland, to develop written and practical exams for the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification (AGMT). Mark Longmore, Head glazing Instructor and Coordinator for the FTI was invited along with Paddy Byrne, Director of Training for the FTI, who is also a glazier by trade, to lend their expertise and be part of this historic undertaking.

Driven by numerous recent glazing failures on some extremely large commercial projects throughout Canada and the United States, industry got together to figure out how to best to address this multi million dollar problem. In the end it was decided by all those connected to the industry such as glazing contractors, caulking suppliers, aluminium extrusion manufacturers, fabrication companies, architects, engineers, spec writers, insulated glass suppliers and especially the insurance underwriting community, that the glazing industry needed a major overhaul.

The overhaul started with a new certification process for glazing contractors which has already been developed by, Administrative Management Systems Inc. (AMS), a recognized leader in product compliance testing and certification in the glass industry, headquartered in New York state. This program is currently being implemented in several major cities in the United States and Canada. However, once that part of the concern was addressed, it was decided that there needed to be a program developed across North America to address the skills of the workers who install these highly complex glazing facades. Administrative Management Services Inc. has also been selected to develop the AGMT certification.

In Canada we have the Red Seal which is recognized across our country as the standard in the industry for trade worker certification. However, the Red Seal is a written exam with no hands on component to the test. This is where the AGMT certification hopes to establish itself as the gold standard in the industry. In addition to a 125 question written exam, there will be a practical component involving curtainwall, storefront and door installation along with a caulking and tooling mock-up. Not only will AGMT certified glaziers be tested on knowledge of their trade but they will also have to demonstrate their competency with the hands on skills connected to the trade.

Beta testing is expected to begin sometime in the fall and there has been a target set of 100 glaziers to go through the testing protocol before the end of the year as part of the ANSI accreditation process.

Please check out the video below which gives a  good overview of what this program will look like and why the industry is so excited about it.

Site C approved by the BC government

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The voice of B.C.’s unionized construction sector lauds the decision today by the B.C. NDP government to move forward with the Site C hydroelectric dam.

“We recognize this has been a difficult decision for the newly elected NDP government,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC Building Trades (BCBT). “We respect and appreciate the many contributions from all sides of this issue because this was certainly not an easy choice. That said, completing the Site C dam remains the best choice for British Columbian families.”

He adds, “The time has come to turn this project around.”

Sigurdson hopes the government will put in place measures to increase the number of local workers hired, support apprenticeship opportunities on the project and create opportunities for First Nations and women.

The project has been plagued… (Continue Reading)

Construction Gap Could Bring Shipyard Layoffs

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Tradespeople at Seaspan’s North Vancouver shipyard are facing the possibility of major layoffs after the company announced that a gap in construction of new federal non-combat vessels is coming next year.

Butch Sidey, business agent for the Marine Shipbuilders Union local 506, which represents unionized workers at Seaspan, said a worst-case scenario would see “big layoffs [in] a year or a year and a half when there’s not going to be any work between ships.”

There are currently 600 tradespeople working at the yard.

Laid-off workers would be hunting for new jobs at a time of high demand for trades workers in B.C.’s construction sector.

If layoffs materialize, “it’s going to be… (continue reading)

Celebrating 20 Years of Members Supporting Members

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“Most DC38 construction members are aware of their Market Recovery (MR) deductions, and some grumble about this,” according to Dave Holmes, Business Manager of District Council 38.

“All too often though there is little recognition of the program’s benefits for both fellow members and our contractors,” he says.

The Market Recovery Fund was created on May 11, 1997, when in response to a shrinking contractor base and too many unemployed members, Painters voted at a special meeting to establish the program.

“At the time non-union competition was putting us out of business, quite literally,” says Holmes. “Our employers were losing their long term clients and the wage gaps, up to 50%, were making us uncompetitive. Our choices at the time were to either slash the Agreement or try to gain work through the implementation of Market Recovery”.

Don Bauer is a DC38 Painter in Victoria who says he has worked on as many as 40 or 50 Market Recovery jobs in the last twenty years.

“I was there for the 1997 vote with Brother Holmes and I voted in favour of setting up the fund,” says Don.

“I was seeing our market share dropping just about every day it seemed.  I think the fund has become very important to maintaining work for our members.”

“Sometimes I tell members who may grumble about their deduction that MR really amounts to a small payment towards buying yourself a job,” says Don.  “I think that’s a pretty smart investment in yourself and in the Union.”

In the 20 years since implementation of the Fund, the Union has:

  • seen the stabilization of its contractor base;
  • seen the ability to negotiate increases, depending on the marketplace and market conditions;
  • maintained the integrity of its Pension and Health & Welfare plans, ensuring that they’ve continued to provide excellent benefits to our members and their families throughout their careers and into retirement;
  • been able to elevate, and continue to promote, a high standard of skill in its chosen professions. The Union has done this in conjunction with the development of its training facility, the Finishing Trades Institute of BC.

Peter Wilson moved to BC from Toronto in 2008 when he joined the Union for work as a Commercial Painter.  He thinks that the MR program makes good sense.

“The last two jobs I have worked on were helped by market recovery contributions, and they kept four or five of us busy for a year-and-a-half,” he says.  “If I have to give a little to get a little so that I’m not sitting at home, I’m happy to contribute.”

An analysis of the 2016 results, for both the Painting Industry Advancement Fund (PIAF) and the Wall and Ceiling Industry Advancement Fund (WCIAF), shows that the programs generated 172,500 member hours, or the equivalent of 83 full-time jobs.

Those 172,500 additional hours generated just under $7 million in additional wages and benefits to DC38 members.

Given that the cost of the fund was about $530,000, Market Recovered projects resulted in a thirteen-to-one return on every dollar paid out.

Jim Ewing is a DC38 Lather with 42 years of experience and says one in every three jobs he has worked on in recent years is the result of MR support.

“Ninety-nine percent of our members only see the MR as a deduction, but it is essential if our contractors are going to compete with the non-union operators,” says Jim.

“And what doesn’t show up in the MR statistics is the additional jobs handed to us because we are on-site and the client gets to know us and likes our work.  A lot of that goes on,” he says.

Another member who benefitted from the WCIAF is Wayne Howatt who retired as a DC38 Lather last June.  “I do miss it a bit,” he says.

“Sometimes some of our members don’t see how tough it is to compete with the non-union sector.  Our benefit package is worth $5 an hour and when added to the wages it can mean a non-union Lather is being paid $25 an hour while we are at $40 — that’s a big difference,” says Wayne.

“I certainly saw the benefits of the MR first-hand, and I think it is essential if our contractors are going to be able to compete.”

“We all benefit.”

Business Manager, Holmes, agrees: “As the stats show, MR creates job opportunities for our brothers and sisters. I supported the program when it began, and I support the program now, knowing that my contribution benefits every single member who works in the craft.”

“In 1997, Painters made a choice to support their fellow Brothers and Sisters. Twenty years later, with the addition of the Lathers & Drywall Finishers, we continue to support each other.  A proud choice for a proud organization.”