December, 2015


Local 8 News: 

  • Results of November By-Elections:
    Nominations were called at meetings throughout the province in November, and as a result, the vacant positions were filled by acclamation.


    Rob Hoyle will fill the third Union Trustee position and Patrick Sinclair will be the new Local 8 Recording Secretary. We thank these members for accepting the positions and look forward to working with them.

  • Local 8 Christmas Break Office Hours:
    Both Local 8 offices will close for the Christmas break at noon on Thursday,  December 24 and will reopen on Monday, January 4 (8:00 AM Edmonton, 7:30 AM in Calgary). Phones will be monitored and urgent calls returned.

  • Reminder from the Retirement Trust Fund:
    If you wish to purchase past service and receive a tax deduction for your 2015 income your past service payment must be received by the administration office no later than December 31, 2015. Call the administration office for further information at:780-466-1999 or Toll Free (Alberta Only) 1-800-642-3881


    Your Pension Plan Administration Office, for the Holiday Season, will be closed December 24, 2015 and re-open Monday January 4, 2016 for regular office hours: 8:30 to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm.

  • Upcoming Courses:
    Local 8 will be holding the following courses in January:

    • COMET on January 16 at the Edmonton Hall. Call Kerry Hnybida to register

    • Job Steward on January 23 at the Edmonton Hall. Call Shawn Griffin to register

  • 2015 Dues Receipts:

    We want to remind all members that the tax receipts for dues paid in 2015 will be mailed out in mid-February. Please ensure that we have your full and correct mailing address to ensure that you receive yours. It’s especially important to note if there is an apartment or unit number.


    You can call either the Edmonton or Calgary office, or email info@local to confirm the address on your file, or advise  our office if you move.
  • 2015 Childrens’ Christmas Parties:

    The parties in both Edmonton and Calgary were, once again, a success and very well-attended. Approximately 60 members’ children and grandchildren attended in Edmonton and 46 in Calgary. The kids enjoyed entertainment, lunch, balloon artists, face painters and of course, visits with Santa.


    Photos of both events have been posted on our website – you’ll find links on the Photo Gallery page.

  • Bistrainer:

    By now, most of our members have received e-mails from our training department regarding a new program for handling safety training information. The response has been slow with only 25% of members registered. If you deleted the email or did not receive one, you can email and request information and a registration link.


    This program is accessible online as well as on smart phones, and allows tracking of all safety certificates. An automated e-mail will be sent when a course is nearing the expiry date. Copies of all current certificates are in the process of being uploaded, and a member will be able to click on the certificate icon on his page to view or print a copy of the safety card. We’re hoping to have the system fully functional early in the new year, so when dispatched, the employer will have access to copies of the cards as well. Members will no longer have to scan or send photos of cards to employers requiring copies.


    Just a reminder, all members wishing to have the cost of any safety course covered by the Local 8 Training Trust Fund must first contact the Training Department at the above e-mail address. Any courses offered on the site would require payment by the member, and may not be covered by the fund.


Local 8 was deeply saddened by the passing of Stan Krasowski on November 26. after suffering a heart attack
while attending the a Health & Welfare conference in Las Vegas Stan had been a trustee on the
Health & Welfare plan for many years; and served on Local 8’s Executive Board until 2012.
He had been a member for 45 years.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Stan’s friends and family.