December, 2016 / January, 2017


Local 8 offices will close at noon on Friday December 23 and re-open at their usual time on Tuesday January 3, 2017.

The phones will be monitored during the Christmas break in case something comes up. 

The offices of the Alberta Sheet Metal Workers Retirement Trust Fund will be closed during the same timeframe as the Local Union


Local 8 News: 

  • The Edmonton Children’s Christmas took place on Sunday, Dec. 4th at the Canora Community hall. The event was a great success with over 60 children and grandchildren of members attending. The Calgary party will be held Dec. 18 and looks like it’ll also be a great one with 56 children registered to date.

  • A COMET course will be held in Edmonton on Saturday, January 7th. Please call Kerry in the Edmonton office to register

  • A Job Steward course will be held in Edmonton on Saturday, January 14th. Please call Shawn in the Edmonton office to register.

  • We'd like to remind all members that under Article 23 (K) of the SMART (SMWIA) Local #8 Bylaws, it states that “No member or initiate shall work for an employer who has no Collective Agreement with this Local unless with the approval of the Union”. Failure to obtain approval will result in charges being laid. We understand that with the slow down of available work in the upcoming year, members may need to take non-union work, but if this is your option, please contact the Business Manager or a Business Representative to review your situation..

  • Included with your newsletter and your 2017 calendar, you’ll find a Mark’s Imagewear Discount card and a letter from Union Power Insurance Brokers. They have an auto and home insurance program built exclusively for members of Canada’s Building Trades Unions. We encourage our members to get a free, no-obligation quote to see if they can save you some money.

  • Update on having Sheeting/Decking recognized as a trade: The application for trade status for the Architectural Cladder has been accepted by the Board of Apprenticeship and Industry Training and they have appointed a Provisional Committee to move the initiative forward. We would like to congratulate our Training Co-Ordinator, Jason Wright, who was named the Presiding Officer of the committee

  • Year-end dues receipts for tax purposes will be sent to all members during the 3rd week of February. This allows for time to close off the year and prepare the statements. Please remember that if your employment T4 shows an amount for dues remitted, ignore it and use ONLY the amount on your official Local 8 receipt. Receipts are mailed to the address on file, so please make sure yours is updated. You can call either the Edmonton or Calgary office or email to update or check the address on file. If leaving a message, please be sure to include an apartment or unit number, if applicable, and your postal code.

  • Also, remember to check your February mail-out from Coughlin and Associates, as there will be a tax statement for 2016 included. The amount on the statement is for the life insurance premiums included with your policy. This amount is a taxable benefit, and must be included with your taxable income.

  • Due to lack of membership commitment, Local 8 has decided not to register teams in the 2017 “Battle of the Trades” hockey tournament or “Solidarity Slugfest” softball tournament sponsored by the Southern Alberta Building Trades. We’ll review this again for future events if members show a strong interest.

  • During this slower period, it’s a good idea to check your safety certificates to ensure that you have all the requirements for jobs that become available. If yours have expired (or will soon) or there are other courses you’re interested in, contact