September / October, 2014

November 2, 2014 Provincial Agreement Wage Increases


The Industrial wage calculation for November 2014 has been completed. The adjustment will be 1.2% times the Journeyperson gross wage rate
 (as of April 1, 2014).


For the Industrial journeyperson sheet metal worker this increase will be $0.68 effective November 2, 2014. This increase will be added to a combination of the base rate and vacation & statutory holiday pay and will result in a base rate of $45.71/hr.


For the Industrial Qualified Sheeter/Decker the increase will be $0.65 effective November 2/14.This increase will be added to a combination of the base rate and the vacation & statutory holiday pay will result in a new base rate of $43.55/hr.


Industrial apprentices will have the increase pro-rated as per their classification.


The wages & benefits page of our website has been updated with the upcoming industrial wage rates



November 11 is Remembrance Day. Please buy and wear a poppy and consider a donation
to the Poppy Fund or your local Veterans’ Food Bank.


  • Framework (Big Table) bargaining got under way on September 3rd. The Building Trades Locals and the CLRA will be meeting twice a week over the coming months to address bargaining issues common to all affiliates and hopefully come to agreement on them by mid-December. At that time Local 8 will meet with our Trade Division counterparts at the CLRA to deal with issues unique to our trades. You will be kept informed as this process moves along. We hope to have new collective agreements ratified by the membership prior to the April 30, 2015 expiration of the current agreements.
  • Service awards will take place during the October membership meetings. We urge all members to attend the meeting in their area and share in our recognition of these long-serving members of our Local.
  • A notice was sent out to all Canadian Sheet Metal Locals indicating that Local #8 is not accepting transfer cards until the conclusion of negotiations. This was effective September 1st.
  • It’s just about that time again to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas parties. The Edmonton party will be held on December 7th at the Canora Community Hall. The hall is located at 10425 – 152 Street. The party will take place from 11:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

    In Calgary, the party will again be at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 275 at 755 – 42 Street SE (Forest Lawn) at 10:30 AM.


    Children or grandchildren 12 and under will receive a gift from Santa. Please call either the Edmonton or Calgary office to register. If leaving a message, please leave your name as well as the childrens’ names and birthdates.

  • Local #8 Training Department is pleased to announce that it has purchased and taken delivery of a new Genie Z-34 Aerial Work Platform. Preparations are being made so that we will soon be able to teach the AWP course at the Edmonton hall.
  • The provisional committee in place to have Sheeting/Decking recognized as a trade with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training has taken some significant steps forward. The application for recognition as a trade, along with supporting documentation, has been submitted to AIT. The next step will involve meeting with the Board of AIT for a review of the application. This will take place in late September.
  • Justin Popowich has been selected as the Local 8 apprentice delegate to the Building Trades, Alberta convention in Jasper from September 29 to October 3, 2014.
  • The Southern Building Trades second annual ‘Solidarity Slugfest’ inter-trade softball tournament was held September 6th and 7th in Okotoks. Unfortunately, due to poor response, this may be our last time participating in the event. Only five members showed up and we were forced to draft a few ladies who came as guests in order to field a team. We would like to thank all those that participated for their good sportsmanship and for giving us their best effort. On a high note, our donation to the silent auction (with benefits going to the Royal Canadian Legion) was a big hit. The Local purchased 4 Milwaukee battery-heated hoodies from Bolt Supply House and received bids of over $100.00 each.
  • 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.