Results of September By-Elections


Nominations were called at meetings throughout the province in September, and as a result, three of the vacant positions were filled by acclamation.


Kerry Hnybida will be the third Executive Board from the northern part of the province and Chris Taylor will be the third from the south. Brock Permann has been named Calgary Warden. The positions of Trustee and Alternate Trustee remain vacant.


Brother Larry Ingram, our current Recording Secretary, has tendered his resignation effective September 30 as he has entered the Federal Election as a Liberal candidate in his home riding. We wish him the best of luck.


We will hold nomination meetings in November with voting, if required, in December for his position and the two vacant positions. Candidates must be Journeymen members in good standing for at least two years, not a recipient of any pension funds and have dues paid to the month of nomination. The following positions must be filled:

Recording Secretary (one to be elected)

Union Trustee and Alternate Trustee (one each to be elected)


Meeting Dates and Venues




Fort McMurray:   Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM, Stonebridge Hotel      9713 Hardin Street

Lethbridge:         Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Old Labour Temple     #225, 207 – 13 Street North

Edmonton:          Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 PM, Edmonton Hall     17310 – 106 Avenue NW

Red Deer:           Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Red Deer Lodge   4311 – 49 Avenue

Calgary:             Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Calgary Hall    #125, 5723 – 10 Street NE


December: (If required, polls to be open 1 hour before commencement of meeting, and at the conclusion of the meeting until 10:00 PM)


Fort McMurray:     Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM, Stonebridge Hotel       9713 Hardin Street

Lethbridge:           Wednesday, December 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM,  Old Labour Temple     #225, 207 – 13 Street North

Edmonton:           Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM,      Edmonton Hall     17310 – 106 Avenue NW

Red Deer:            Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Red Deer Lodge        4311 – 49 Avenue

Calgary:               Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Calgary Hall   #125, 5723 – 10 Street NE

Other Local 8 News:


  • At our October meetings throughout the province we will be honoring over 60 members with Long-Service awards. This year, we will have a 60-Year recipient, Ron Feyer from Calgary. Please plan to attend the meeting in your area to show your appreciation for our long-time members.
  • The Local is requesting all members update their files with their correct e-mail addresses. We are working on a new database for all safety training certificates, accessible by members through their smart phones. It will also send notifications three months prior to expiry of any included training or safety certificate.
  • We’d like to welcome Jason Wright as Local 8’s new Training Coordinator. The Local would like to thank all those that applied for the position. The selection committee had quite a challenge with the selection process because of the high calibre of the applications that were submitted.
  • A Job Steward course is being scheduled for October 24th at 9:00 AM in the Edmonton Hall. Any interested members should contact Shawn Griffin to sign up for the course.

  • A COMET course is scheduled for October 17 at 9:00 AM in the Edmonton Hall. Contact our Organizer Kerry Hnybida to register. The purchase of the building for the Calgary Office and hallwas completed and we moved in August 1. We’re doing some painting and decorating and will have the upstairs meeting area ready for the October 15 meeting. The address for the new building is Bay 125, 5723 – 10 Street NE, Calgary T2E 8W7. Our phone and fax numbers remain the same.


President’s Message on Upcoming Federal Election:


Brothers and Sisters, with the Federal election coming up on October 19th, it is imperative that you get out and vote. Canadians cannot afford another 5 years of a government that slams the working men and women of this country at every opportunity, while giving breaks to corporations and the rich.


The current government has made no secret of their dislike for unions and union members. We saw that in how they were able to get Bill C-377 passed by getting the Senate to alter their rules. If this same government gets back in, the working people of Canada are going to be in for some very trying times.


We showed them provincially that we can make a change. Let’s do the same thing federally. Please encourage your friends, family and co-workers to get out and vote. Their votes will make the difference since it appears this election will be very close in many of the ridings.                                    


Paul Gallery, President, SMWIA Local 8

Federal Election Voting – October 19.  

Advance Polls Friday Oct 9 to Monday Oct 12 or register online at www.elections.ca to
receive a mail-in voting package. The website will also give you all the information needed to
vote in the upcoming election.