December, 2014

Local 8 News:

  • Negotiation Update: Framework (big table) bargaining was concluded on November 26th. Trade-specific bargaining is continuing and we hope to have concluded arguements by early in the New Year. The membership will then be sent all the information on proposed changes to the collective agreements. Ratification information will also be sent at that time.
  • A new Mark's Work Wearhouse discount card, expiring December 31, 2015 is included in this mail-out with the Local 8 calendar
  • A letter from American Income Life is also included in this package. AIL is a union insurance company thay offers insurance products. This is NOT part of the Local's Health & Welfare plan and there is no obligation on the part of our members to participate in it.
  • We’ve received a few calls concerning a mail-out that was done by Ullico to our members. This was done through the International Office and again, it is not part of our Health and Welfare Plan and there is no obligation to participate in it.
  • Fall apprenticeship terms have started and there still seems to be some confusion about the $500 Apprentice Book Credits offered by the Local. Eligibility requirements are:
  •           1.     Confirmation of registration (copy of letter from NAIT or SAIT)

              2.     Pre-payment of base dues ($26.75/month) to end of school term

              3.     Attendance at two membership meetings in the past year

              4.     Completion of course provided by Local 8:

    • First Year: COMET

    • Second Year: Blueprint One

    • Third Year: Blueprint Two

    • Fourth Year: Leadership for Safety Excellence

              Don’t forget to check on your health & welfare coverage prior to starting school. If required, you can apply for assistance from the

              Benevolent Fund for 80% of your monthly premium balance.

  • A COMET course will be held at the Edmonton hall on January 24th at 9:30 AM. Please call Edmonton office to register
  • It looks like Local 8 will again be registering two hockey teams in the third annual Southern Alberta Building Trades “Battle of the Trades” tournament, tentatively scheduled for April, 2015. We’re really looking forward to keeping the trophy with Local 8, so please be sure to call Steve at (403) 813-5523 if you’re interested in playing. We’ve had enquiries from members in the northern part of the province, and we’d like to let everyone know that all members of Local 8 are eligible & welcome to register. The tournament is played over three days (Friday to Sunday) and will probably be held in Chestemere again.
  • Members requiring training are reminded that dues MUST be paid for the month training is taken. If you’re unsure if yours are up-to-date, you can call either office, and we’d be happy to check for you.
  • Local 8 has contracted with Accident Injury Prevention in Calgary to direct-bill for safety courses. AIP offers OSSA fall protection & elevated work platform along with H2S Alive, Confined Space, First Aid and other courses our members may require. Their website is and the website lists available dates on each course page. If you need any of the courses, you must contact Kelly or Rick in the Edmonton office with the course name and date you’d like to attend, and they will register you.
  • Every year, we get dozens of dues tax receipts returned to our office and numerous requests to have them resent. Please be sure we have your correct address on file, so that you receive yours in a timely manner. Receipts for dues paid in 2014 will be mailed out by the end of February.
  • Childrens’ Christmas parties were held in both Edmonton and Calgary on December 7th, with over 50 children attending each party. We’d like to thank all our volunteers and staff who helped out, and all those attending who helped make them such great events.