April, 2014



Las Vegas, August, 2014


Fourteen members have been nominated as Delegates to the General Convention, so elections will be held at the Membership Meetings in April, with Special Call meeting in Lethbridge and Red Deer.


Ballots may be cast one hour prior to the start of the meeting (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in Edmonton and Calgary; 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Fort McMurray) and from the close of the meeting until 10:00 PM in each venue. Meeting dates are marked on the calendar on the back page of this newsletter. Polls will also be open on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Fort McMurray (at the Stonebridge Hotel, 9713 Hardin Street) and in the Edmonton and Calgary offices.


Five Delegates to the convention will be elected. The Nominees are:

Briltz, Delaine M. Galley, Paul F. Satter, Rodney D.
Carter, Richard D. Groome, Donald  St. Louis, Scott D.
Champagne, Keith C.   Ingram, Larry L. Taylor, Christopher C.
Chellew, Michael W.  Lyons, Donald R. Wyatt, Adam J.
Connors, Kevin M  Melcosky, Garry J.  


When marking your ballots, please remember that you can choose up to five names.                                                                                                                                                         

Local 8 News:


  • Nominations will be held at our May, 2014 meetings for both a Pension Plan and a Health & Welfare Trustee. The terms of J. Peter Wyatt
    (H & W) and Garry Melcosky (Pension Plan) both end June 30, 2014 and the Local would like to express it’s gratitude for their generous service. The May meeting dates are available on the back of the newsletter. If elections are required, they will be conducted by mail-in ballot in June, 2014.
  • Members in the Calgary area are urged to come out to Chestemere on April 5th and 6th and cheer on Local 8’s two teams competing in the Southern Building Trades “Battle of the Trades”. A schedule will be posted on the website as soon as it’s final. While you’re there, check out the terrific items in the silent auction.
  •  Local 8 welcomes two new contractors to the Calgary area – Total Air Solutions and Moore Mechanical Services Inc. Both companies have signed voluntary recognitions with the Local and we look forward to working with them.

  • In the past few months, we’ve had several companies generously offer special deals and promotions to our members. Check out the ‘special deals’ page on our website before making a purchase – you may be pleased to find member discounts available.

  • COMET will be held in Calgary on April 26 in the office. Please call Steve at 403-813-5523 to register.

  • Local 8 is reviewing applications and will be conducting interviews for the Organizer position. Once again, we’d like to thank Scott St. Louis for staying on in the interim and his many years of service in the position.


Over the past several months, several concerns have come up with our members, and Local 8 would like

to ensure that you’re all aware of our policies.


It is each member's responsibility to ensure that his dues are up-to-date. Non-working members must self-pay their monthly base dues, and they can be paid in advance for any number of months. Journeyman base dues are $41.50 per month. Apprentices / Trainees and members working under specialty agreements, such as production workers are required to pay base dues of $26.75 per month. Payment for retired and disabled members is $16.25 per month.


Apprentices in school should prepay their dues until the end of the school term. Employed members may fall behind when on vacation or other leave. You can contact either Local 8 office to confirm that your dues are current.




All members must obtain a dispatch / referral slip from Local 8 PRIOR to commencing employment with a signatory contractor. This includes personal job solicitation as contained in our collective agreement. Dues MUST be current before a dispatch will be issued.





If in doubt, please review Article 21 of Local 8’s by-laws on the hiring hall procedures. Only members registered in the out-of-work list are eligible to apply for posted jobs. Members employed with a signatory contractor must give proper notice, then register on the out-of-work list prior to applying for any posted job. Again, please ensure your dues are up-to-date prior to applying and remember that dues will not be received from an employer until the 15th of the following month – e.g. if you start a job in January, no remittances will be received for you until mid-February.