May, 2016

Day of Mourning – April 28th


On April 28th, we remember those men and women who died as a result of workplace injuries or illness. Last year in Alberta, 125 people lost their lives. That is more than one person every 3 days. Take time to remember them and think about the devastating effects this has on the family and friends of these workers.


April 28th should also be the day when all of us commit to eliminating these unnecessary tragedies. It is not just enough to make sure that you are working safely; you need to look after the other workers on your crew and site. That means if you see someone doing something unsafe that could get them injured, you will intervene in a non-confrontational way and provide suggestions on how the job could be done in a safer manner.


All of us need to make sure that we keep our minds on the task we are doing. It doesn’t take more than a moment of inattention to result in serious consequences. The goal of everyone should be that all workers go home at the end of the day in the same condition that they arrived to work in the morning. Safety is more than a slogan or video. Make it part of your lives every day.


Local 8 News: 


·         Congratulations to Daniel Lee. He was named the top sheet metal apprentice in Alberta by Apprenticeship and Industry Training and this accomplishment was recognized at the AIT Board Awards which took place on April 15th in Edmonton. Brother Lee works for Crosstown Heating and Ventilation Ltd. in Calgary


·         The vehicle and travel allowances will be adjusted in accordance with the rates published by the Canada Revenue Agency in January 2016. The vehicle allowance will go from $0.52 per km to $0.51 per km. The travel allowances will also be decreased by the same percentage (-1.92%). This will apply to all Provincial collective agreements and will be effective on the first pay period following the 1st of May 2016.


·         The Edmonton Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday May 28, 2016 at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club, with tee-off at 2:00 PM. The Edmonton Garrison club is located at 298 Falaise Ave. in Lancaster Park (just north of Edmonton). The cost will be $100.00 and will include green fees, shared power cart, steak buffet meal and lots of prizes. Contact Denise in the Edmonton office to register. Deadline for registration is May 20th.


·         In Calgary, the golf tournament will again be at River’s Edge in Okotoks on Saturday, August 13. This year there will not be a shotgun start and tee-offs will start at 1:00 PM. The cost will be $110.00 including meal and cart. Please call Steve at 403-813-5523 to register.


·         The Provincial Skills competition will be held at the Expo Center in Edmonton this year. It will take place on May 11th and 12th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and the Local will be sponsoring the sheet metal competition again this year. Parking and admission are free so feel free to attend and watch the competitors in action


·         Our Local 8 team had a good showing in the 2016 Southern Building Trades of Alberta “Battle of the Trades” , playing five games with 2 wins, a tie and 2 losses.


·         A COMET course will be held at the Edmonton Local 8 hall at 9:00 AM on May 14. Contact Kerry to register or email


·         A Job Steward course will be held at the Edmonton Hall on May 7th beginning at 9:00 AM. Contact Shawn in the Edmonton office to register.

·        Applications for the 2015 - 2016 apprentice scholarships are now being accepted by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. An application form can be found online at or in the Calgary and Edmonton offices. Local 8 sponsors two of these scholarships. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2016.


·         The Do It For Dads walk run in support of Prostate Cancer Canada is being held in Edmonton and Calgary on Fathers Day, Sunday June 19th. The Building Trades of Alberta is a major sponsor of this event which raises funds for research and education about prostate cancer. More information along with registration forms are available in the Calgary and Edmonton offices as well as online at The Local also has t-shirts for the event so let us know when you register.


·         Training Department: Schedule:

Edmonton In-house training : every Wednesday – OSSA fall protection, every Thursday – OSSA EWP.

Calgary In-house training: OSSA fall protection on Friday April 22 and Friday May 20th.

Contact the Training Dept. at (780)426-3375 ext.225 or to register for any of the courses.


·         Contact the Training Dept. at the above numbers if you need other training or would like to practice in our training center.


Please remember to submit copies of all current certificates to the Training Department to ensure our records are kept up to date

Nominations for Pension Plan & Health & Welfare Plan Trustees


Local 8 will be holding nominations in conjunction with the regularly scheduled membership meetings in May for one Trustee each for the Retirement Trust Fund Pension Plan and the Health and Welfare Plan. Elections, if required, will be conducted by mail-in ballot and those would be mailed out at the end of May.  Both positions are for three-year terms commencing July 1, 2016. Please see the calendars on the back page for May meeting dates. Nominees must be active Journeymen members in good standing with the Local for at least 2 years. The term of Pension Trustee Bradley Watters will conclude on June 30, 2016. Sadly, Health & Welfare Trustee, Stan Krasowski passed away during his term. The Local would like to extend its gratitude for their service.