June, 2017


     Term July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020


Enclosed with the mailed-out newsletter, you’ll find a Voting Package containing:

              -       One ballot for Pension Plan Trustee

               -      Small brown envelope

               -      Larger white return envelope (postage paid)


NOTE: Your name appears on the return envelope only so that the Judge can confirm your eligibility to vote. The brown ballot with no identification will be placed in the appropriate sealed ballot box until votes are counted.


  • Please review the information provided and mark your choice on the ballot. Do not write your name anywhere one the ballot or brown envelope - doing so will void your vote
  • Place the marked ballot in the small brown envelope, seal it and place in white return envelope addressed to the Edmonton office of Local 8
  • Please mail your ballot promptly. To be counted, it must be received by the end of business (4:30 PM) on Thursday, June 29, 2017

The ballots will be opened and counted by a Judge and Tellers on Friday, June 30, 2017.  Results will be posted on the website as soon as available.


Local 8 News: 

  • At regular and special - call meetings held throughout the province in May, 2017, nominations were called for several positions; Recording Secretary, two Executive Board members from the southern area for one-year terms to June 30, 2018 and a Pension Plan and Health & Welfare Plan trustee for three-year terms to June 30, 2020. Three of the positions were filled by acclamation and one Executive Board seat remains vacant. Local 8 welcomes Jason Wright (Recording Secretary) and David Winchester (Executive Board Member – Southern area) to the Board and looks forward to working with them. Steve Satter was elected as Health & Welfare Trustee. As mentioned on the front page, an election for Pension Plan Trustee will be held by mail-in ballot this month
  • We’d like to express our appreciation to out-going Board Members Kevin Connors (since 2003) and Delaine Briltz (since 2006) for their many years of invaluable support and guidance of the Local. We’d also like to thank J. Peter Wyatt, current chairman of the Health & Welfare Board and Board Member for his many years of service to the membership

  •  The Calgary Golf Tournament will be at River’s Edge Course in Okotoks on July 22. Cost is $110.00 and the deadline to register is July 14. Call Steve at (403) 813-5523 if you’re interested.

  • A reminder that as per Article 23 (K) of our Bylaws which 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, any member contemplating work outside the Union needs to contact the hall to obtain approval prior to commencing employment. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken against the member. Please contact Doug, Shawn or Steve to obtain approval.


  • The Local is inviting one of our apprentice members to join our delegation at the Building Trades of Alberta conference taking place from September 18 – 20, 2017 in Jasper. Any interested apprentices can email doug@local8.ca prior to July 31/17 to indicate their interest in attending. A draw will then take place from all the responses received to determine who will attend.
  • Any member interested in taking the Job Steward course is encouraged to contact Shawn in the Edmonton office.

  • Any member wanting to take the COMET course should contact Kerry in the Edmonton officeo:p>

  • With the current slow work situation, out-of-work members are urged to appy for EI benefits immediately when laid off to prevent interuptions in claims

Business Manager’s State of the Industry Report:>


I have received a lot of questions from the members lately about upcoming work especially in the industrial sector. New construction in the industrial sector is slowing significantly with both Fort Hills and the Northwest Refinery heading towards completion this year. I’d encourage members to contact the office with questions and concerns, rather than using social media as a source of information.


New projects currently out for tender include CNRL Kirby North which is due to start the beginning of November this year, Imperial Oil Co-Gen at Strathcona with an unknown start date at this time and the Interpipe Propylene plant outside of Fort Saskatchewan due to start construction late this year or early 2018. We have not received any word yet if our contractors have been successful on any of these bids.


There is some small sustaining project work coming up at the various oilsands plants in the Fort McMurray area which we also hope to get.


The commercial / institutional sector in Edmonton is starting to pick up with various jobs in the downtown core as well as the Valley Line LRT expansion.


In Calgary we are awaiting the awarding of the Calgary Cancer Center contract which will provide a lot of work for our members in that area if our contractors are successful. We should hear more on that project sometime in June.


We will continue to update the membership on the work situation as we get information. Together we can make it through these challenging times.