April / May, 2017

Local 8 By-Elections

 Local 8 will be holding by-elections for three vacant positions: Recording Secretary and two South Executive Board Members. We will call for nominations within the regular membership meetings throughout the province in May with voting, if required, in regular and special-call meetings in June. Please check the calendars on the back page for dates, times & locations. If voting is required, polls will be open 2 hours prior to the June meetings and until 10:00 PM at each venue.

There will be three calls for nominees for the positions at each of the meetings. Only members in good standing can nominate another member. These positions are effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.


No member shall be nominated for or elected to two (2) local union positions or offices at the same time unless the offices had previously been combined by action of the Local (i.e. Business Manager / F.S.T.; Business Representative / V.P.).


Members eligible for nomination, election, appointment or service must:

        a)   be paying the rate that keeps him a member in good standing

        b)    have dues and other obligations due the Local paid in advance for the current month and are properly recorded and have 

               official receipts in his possession

        c)    have established a record of good standing in the Local in which he is a candidate for not less than two (2) consecutive

               years immediately preceding his nomination, appointment or election.


Nominees must have completed their apprenticeship.


Any member who is nominated but not present at the meeting must notify the recording secretary, in writing, within five (5) days of the meeting if he wishes to have his name stand. If no such confirmation is received, his name will be removed from the list of nominees. 

Local 8 will also call for nominations for a Health & Welfare Trustee and a Pension Plan Board Member. These positions will be for a three-year term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.  

These nomination calls will be at the regular meetings in May. If required, voting will be by mail-in ballots, to be sent out after the last meeting in May.


Local 8 News: 

  • Friday, April 28 is Alberta's Day of Mourning. In 2016, 144 people died from workplace accident or injury, down from 169 in 2015. Community Events include

          -     Edmonton and District Labour Council at the Amphitheatre in Borden Park at 12:15 p.m.

          -     Central Alberta Chapter and Parkland Regional Safety Committee, Red Deer City Hall (west-side steps) at 11 a.m.

          -     Calgary Day of Mourning Committee, SAIT Aldred Centre at 11:00 a.m.


  • The Local has received a few inquiries about what help is available for members struggling with financial and other difficulties during this downturn in construction activity. The Local has a member and family assistance program provided through our Health and Welfare Plan. A complete list of all the services provided is contained in the Health and Welfare Booklet or through the link on our website.


    To access this assistance, a member can phone Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142 and let them know that you are a member of the Alberta Sheet Metal Workers Health and Welfare Plan; the company code is # 646.

     Financial advice and help is also available through the Credit Counseling Society which offers free credit and debt counseling services across Alberta. They can be reached at 1-888-527-8999.


  • A COMET course will be held in the Edmonton hall on June 3 at 9:30 AM. Please contact Kerry to register.

  • A Job Steward course will be held in Edmonton onA Job Steward course will be held in Edmonton on May 13 at 9:30 AM.. Please call Shawn in the Edmonton office to register.

  • We encourage all the members to check their training certificates to make sure they are up to date. Contact the Training department to arrange training if you require it.

  • A reminder that effective January 1st, 2017 a member has only 30 days after a Canadian Model (Drug and Alcohol) violation to schedule a Substance Abuse Expert (SAE) assessment. Failure to do so within that timeframe will result in the member having to pay the full cost of the assessment. The cost of these assessments usually run between $900.00 to $1,000.00. Other changes to the RSAP and Construction Employee Family Assistance Program (CEFAP) include the removal of funding for an SAE assessment for second and subsequent violations of the Canadian Model and the elimination funding for case management testing for second and subsequent violations.

  • As per Article 10, Sec.2 (h) of the SMART Constitution and Ritual, the General Executive Council of SMART has approved an increase of $0.01 per hour in the per capita working dues effective July 1, 2017. The rate will go from the current $0.16/hr. to $0.17/hr. at that time.

  • The Provincial Skills competition will be held at the Expo Center in Edmonton on May 10th and 11th. Local 8 will be sponsoring the sheet metal competition again this year and we have a couple of members competing in it. Admission is free so come out and support our competitors.

  • Over the last month, the Local has been receiving a lot of tools, etc. from northern fly-in, fly-out jobsites for members who have been laid off. We would like to encourage members who have tools, etc. at the Edmonton or Calgary hall to make arrangements to pick them up.

  • Our annual Edmonton Golf Tournament will be held on May 27, 2017 at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Country Club. Tee-off time will be at 2:00 p.m. and the course is located at 298 Falaise Ave. Lancaster Park just north of the city limits. The cost will be $100.00 per person which will include green fees, cart, steak dinner and prizes. Call Kerry or Jason to register for the tournament.