updated July 15, 2019
ONTARIO'S New wage cap legislation
On June 5, 2019, the Ford Government introduced Bill 124 – the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019. If passed, Bill 124 would impose a series of 3-year “moderation periods” – in the form of salary and compensation caps – on a variety of public sector unionized and non-unionized workplaces. In effect, the bill would eliminate the right of unions to bargain the most important part of any collective agreement — wages and compensation.
WHEN WE VOTE WE POWER CANADA
Like it or not, politics impacts all aspects of our lives. In Canada, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to say who is leading this country. It is your right, privilege, and duty to vote. This October, vote for the leaders who will promote the issues that matter to you. Download the flyer in English here and in French here.
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BURSARY & SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
There is financial assistance available to the dependents of IUOE 772 members who are or will be entering post-secondary education. For more information, please read the applications found at the following links:
Hamilton and District Labour Council Scholarship Application - Please call 905-547-2944 or email email@example.com.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The next General Membership Meeting will take place in the Autumn of 2019 at 4:30 PM at the Local 772 head office at 1030 Upper James Street, Suite 401, Hamilton, ON L9C 6X6.
These meetings are an important forum for our membership to discuss critical issues and are an opportunity to learn about the Local’s initiatives and business strategy for the next six months.
FUNDS RAISED IN MEMORY OF MEMBER
Molson Coors powerhouse staff raised funds for Movember Men’s Health in memory of recently deceased member Tom Lavin. At the request of Tom's family, his tools and boxes were raffled off and $1280.00 was raised in ticket sales. Tom was a valued employee and had worked in the powerhouse at Molson Coors since 1994 when he suddenly passed away in August 2018.
TSSA Investigation leads to Guilty Plea in Brewery Case, Operating Engineer Convicted for Lapse in Duty
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has successfully prosecuted the chief operating engineer of a brewery in Hamilton, Ontario, Mr. Mike Murphy.
The Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton levied a fine of $4,500, plus the mandatory 25% victim surcharge, for Mr. Murphy’s violation of a safety regulation under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act).
Following an investigation by TSSA, it was determined that Mr. Murphy left unattended for approximately eight hours the Arts and Science Brewery plant at 207 Burlington Street East in Hamilton. During that time, while the plant and its units were in operation, there was no qualified operating engineer or chief operator on duty.
“Had a mechanical issue occurred, such as a boiler interruption, a steam leak or a boiler failure, there would not have been a competent, certified person on duty to take any necessary action to mitigate the inherent hazards, such as an explosion or a fire”, said Mike Adams, Director of TSSA’s Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Safety Program.
Murphy pled guilty to this contravention of the Act.
“This is a serious violation of a chief engineer’s public safety duties,” added Adams. “That’s why Ontario has stringent laws around safe plant operation and chief oversight protocols – to protect the public.”
In Ontario, operating engineers must possess valid TSSA certification and follow Ontario’s safety rules and regulations. If in doubt of an operator’s certification and/or duties, contact TSSA toll-free at 1-877-682-8772. Members of the public can also visit www.tssa.org and click Operating Engineers - Open Data to confirm an operator’s certification.
About the TSSA
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is one of Ontario’s public safety regulators mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce provincial safety regulations and enhance public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range of safety services include public education and consumer information, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization’s vision is to be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety.
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2018 Fall Economic Statement
Here are some notes the IUOE Canadian Office has put together on today’s Fall Economic Statement for 2018. The complete document can be found here: https://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2018/docs/statement-enonce/fes-eea-2018-eng.pdf
While the economy continues to grow, a changed economic landscape in the United States with new policy measures that the governing Liberals are undertaking today, the Government is pushing Canada further into the red. In the 2019-20 fiscal year, the federal deficit is projected to increase by nearly $2 billion to $19.6 billion, up from the $17.8 billion projected for that year prior to today’s fall economic update.
In an attempt to mitigate the impacts of the U.S. corporate tax cuts that are making American businesses more competitive, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has unveiled three new targeted incentives to Canadian companies that are meant to boost business confidence and spur competitiveness in the short-term: allow manufacturers and producers of goods to immediately write-off the cost of machinery and equipment; forgive the cost of any clean energy equipment; and permit businesses of all sizes and sectors to write off a larger share of cost of new assets.
The debt-to-GDP ratio is shrinking, but not as quickly as once thought. It's currently projected at 30.9 per cent. The economy is expected to grow by 2.0 per cent in 2018, will stay the same in 2019, and drop below two per cent in 2020, to 1.6 per cent, a year later than the 2018 budget predicted. After the 2019-20 fiscal year, the deficit is projected to drop over the next four years, down to $11.4 billion in 2023-24, with still no budget balance in sight. During the 2015 federal election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had pledged to run maximum deficits of $10 billion until 2019, when he promised to balance the books.
In short, despite the continuing deficits, the Government claims Canada's economy is strong and growing, wages are growing, there's more good, well-paying jobs for Canadians, consumer confidence is strong, and business profits are up.
Some relevant aspects of today’s statement:
- Increase investment in the clean technology sector by allowing specified clean energy equipment to be eligible for an immediate write-off of the full cost. This will help achieve climate goals, and position Canada to be more globally competitive.
- Remove barriers to trade within Canada by working with provinces and territories to enable businesses to transport goods more easily, to harmonize food regulations and inspections, to align regulations in the construction sector (including the harmonization of building codes across Canada), and to facilitate greater trade in alcohol between provinces and territories.
- Starting in 2019, in collaboration with our provincial partners, the Government is enhancing the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The CPP enhancement will be phased in gradually, starting in January 2019, and will raise the maximum CPP retirement benefit by up to 50 per cent over time. This translates into an increase in the current maximum retirement benefit of nearly $7,300, from $13,855 to more than $21,100 in today’s dollar terms.
- The Government will introduce legislation to implement the prompt payment of contractors and sub-contractors for federal projects on federal lands as well as the adjudication of payment issues.
New Ministry of Labour website
The new Collective Bargaining Ontario website is a new authoritative source on labour relations in the province. It is a centralized hub that allows you to:
- Get a complete picture of labour relations in Ontario through exploration of interactive charts and graphs on wage trends, collective bargaining negotiations, and work disruptions
- Search and download any collective agreement submitted to the Ministry via the Collective Agreement e-Library
- Download recent publications on collective bargaining highlights
Collective Bargaining Ontario provides users with a self-serve digital and interactive interface in accessing collective bargaining information and is designed to give you maximum flexibility, timely access to the most up-to-date data, with 24/7 availability through your computer, laptop, or mobile device. The website will continually evolve with the rollout of a new electronic mechanism for submitting DRS requests and expanded interactive reporting scheduled for release in 2019.
Please visit the Collective Bargaining Ontario hub at www.lrs.labour.gov.on.ca/.
To join the mailing list and receive information on upcoming features and services available on Collective Bargaining Ontario, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: “Collective Bargaining Ontario Mailing List”.
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HIGHLIGHTS
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released it's quarterly report on bargaining in the province for the second quarter of 2018 which includes details on settlements reached as well as statistics and trends. Read the report here.
LOCAL 772 CONTINUES TO DELIVER ON TRAINING
Local 772 provides an all-encompassing training session for Shop Stewards that includes the grievance process, arbitrations and human rights with guest speakers.
Any Stewards interested in attending an upcoming session that have not attended a previous session are asked to contact us at 905-527-5250 (Hamilton) or 613-748-0546 (Ottawa).
UNION MEMBER TESTIMONY
Union Savings is Canada's only not-for-profit, union-run members' benefit program. Over 1,000,000 Canadian union members have discovered the tremendous savings and discounts offered exclusively by Union Savings. Here is a testimonial from a member on the savings they realized going with Union Savings:
“Over the last week I was reviewing home and auto insurance quotes to renew my insurance. I had five quotes including my original Insurance company and RBC. At the end of my review, I went with RBC / Union Savings for a total savings $1700+, for two vehicles and my home. Each of the individual policies were all less than my previous insurer. My coverages were the same or higher and my deductibles were also the same or less. In one particular case, there was substantial savings. In addition to the pricing I also have to say I was provided with very professional and courteous service by two RBC Representatives. They both went beyond the norm to make sure I understood the coverages and that I was getting the best market price. Thought I would share this little good news story and say thank you for the work that you, and the Board, do to ensure the membership have an opportunity to avail of good programs like RBC Insurance. Again thanks!”
Click here to visit the Union Savings website and see all available discounts.
IUOE Local 772 fights for members' pensions
On June 5, 2018, members of IUOE Local 772 joined members of other unions including the United Steel Workers, and representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Nuclear Workers, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress as well as NDP MP Scott Duvall to protest in solidarity against the Canadian Government removing nuclear workers from the public service pension.
The government is compromising the pension of 3,400 workers at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. These are high-skilled workers who signed up with the industry and the risks that come with it because of the good pay, benefits, and pension. In addition to the basic issue of fairness, the government should consider that with CNL on the verge of decommissioning the Pinawa site in Manitoba, it is the wrong time to drive experienced workers away. After leading on workers for well over a year, the government is revealing they were not negotiating in good faith. We are calling on the government to do right by these workers and stand by their pension promise.
On May 6th, the IUOE welcomed Business Managers and Agents from all IUOE Locals across North America to the 39th Annual General Convention in Hollywood, Florida. To view videos featured at the event click https://vimeopro.com/kellycompanies/iuoe-conv-2018. Of particular interest will be the piece on Stationary Engineer Tiffany Rogers as she recounts how becoming a Stationary Engineer has set her up for success. To view photos of delegates click https://www.eleriever.com/iuoe.
Manufacturers Sought as Partners on Equipment Operator Training Complex
The union that represents 400,000 North American equipment operators, mechanics, welders, surveyors and stationary engineers wants to revolutionize how the workforce gets trained on new technology, and is forming creative partnerships with equipment manufacturers as they prepare to open a massive training complex outside of Houston.
The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is launching the training center and entering into partnership agreements with several prominent members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Brands like Tadano, Manitowoc, Grove, Potain, Link-Belt, Terex AWP and Genie will provide heavy equipment on which workers will receive training at the center. Discussions are also underway with other prominent manufacturers.
“It’s to everyone’s benefit to expand the pool of highly-trained, technologically-savvy equipment operators,” says IUOE President James T. Callahan. “We have heard the appeals of employers all around the country who are having a hard time getting enough qualified workers on their job sites, and the only way to meet that demand is by creating new, cutting edge opportunities to receive training.”
Scheduled for completion early in 2018 and a grand opening in the spring, the IUOE Training and Conference Center is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive training complex. It features 235 acres of rugged Texas back country as a venue for IUOE members to learn how to operate the latest technology in the heavy equipment, crane, pipeline, surveying and stationary plant domains.
While the partnerships and training programs are still being finalized, union chief of staff Joe Giacin says equipment manufacturers who partner on the project can benefit by growing the pool of workers who are qualified to operate their individual brands of heavy equipment. He welcomes inquiries from companies that might be interested in getting involved at email@example.com.
“The manufacturers partnering with us see the value in the exposure that their equipment will get with students,” Giacin says. “Contractors listen to their crews when they’re buying new equipment, and if the workers are more familiar with certain brands, that’s going to increase the likelihood that those brands will be on the job site.”
Workforce Training Meeting the Needs of an Evolving Industry
One common thread will run through every piece of curriculum the IUOE offers at the center—the emphasis on training operators, engineers and mechanics to be highly-skilled technicians capable of putting modern heavy equipment’s on-board suite of advanced computer technology to its fullest, most efficient use.
“If you spend your whole life working on Microsoft software, and somebody hands you an Apple computer, you don’t know where to start,” Giacin says. “Our operators today are faced with similar issues. Typically, the average crane operator can be asked to operate a dozen different manufacturers’ machines with just as many different computerized control systems.”
But the IUOE and its partners are not only developing curriculum to orient workers on modern GPS guidance, computer control and electronic safety systems, all while keeping crews safe on the job site. They are also tailoring their training so that workers of all experience levels can benefit.
Apprentices will be able to learn new skills and gain an entry into trades work. Veteran crew members will be able to hone their skills and learn new technology. And more than 1,000 IUOE training instructors from across North America will receive standardized instruction on how best to offer training at a local level.
When the facility opens its doors to the first wave of operator trainees this spring, Callahan says it will represent the completion of the IUOE’s largest investment in worker training in its 122-year history.
“It is a huge investment, funded solely by the IUOE and its affiliated locals,” Callahan says. “It’s well north of $100 million.”
A Modern Worker Training Facility
Located in the Houston suburb of Crosby, the complex will include 227 dorm rooms to provide on-site housing for visiting trainees from across North America, along with cafeteria and conference facilities.
The IUOE already operates worker training facilities at many of its more than 120 local unions throughout the United States and Canada. But Giacin says the new IUOE Training and Conference Center will offer something that’s hard to come by anywhere else—immediate access to the most current products and technology available in today’s market.
Training programs on the center’s 235-acre range will run anywhere from a few days to many months, depending on the experience level and needs of the trainees in question.
“We can’t put a bulldozer or a crane inside a classroom,” Giacin says. “We need property in a climate where we can adequately train our folks year round.”
With the help of corporate partners, Callahan says the comprehensive equipment operator training ground will be capable of preparing the next generation of workers to meet the needs of the future workforce. For a union that’s long placed an emphasis on training its people, Callahan says the IUOE Training and Conference Center is the next step in the evolution of worker education.
“We’re breaking new ground here,” Giacin says. “We’ve never done anything like this before.”
WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT O.E. SHORTAGE
The TSSA, IPE and IUOE Local 772 are continuing to work to address the looming shortage of Operating Engineers in Ontario. One of the fixes that we can all improve upon is acceptance of OE college students for their practical experience towards their qualifying steam time.
Please refer to the attached letter here for more information on the issue and how you can help.
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Regulatory Proposal Regarding Updates for the Operating Engineers Regulation
The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking your input regarding potential amendments to the Operating Engineers regulation (O. Reg. 219/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. This is the first public step towards renewing the Act & Regulations for Operating Engineers.
The registry allows members of the public to participate in developing regulations by providing comments on regulatory proposals. The ministry will be taking the input it receives into consideration when bringing forward the final regulation for approval. The comment period will close on September 26.
We encourage you to provide feedback on the regulatory proposals available at the following link: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24645&language=en
What are the Potential Changes?
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), in collaboration with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), established a 15-member panel of representative Operating Engineers (OE) stakeholders. The purpose of the industry panel was to make recommendations to government on how to modernize the OE regulation while maintaining high-levels of public safety.
The panel reached consensus on 23 out of the 25 recommendations they proposed, which are aimed at achieving the following key outcomes:
- Reducing undue burden on business
- Encouraging innovation
- Improving regulatory clarity
- Improving regulatory compliance
- Addressing inadequate labour supply
- Modernizing the operating engineer certification system
- Improving public knowledge of the operating engineer profession
Some of the key recommendations the panel proposed include the following:
- The regulation should adopt a risk-based approach to ensure that any regulatory requirements imposed on business are informed by the risk posed by the plant.
- The regulation should include two alternate paths that plants can adopt to achieve regulatory compliance:
- Path 1 (Category-based requirements) – This approach would provide plants with category-based requirements to fulfil based on the risk rating of a plant type. Risk ratings would be developed for different categories of OE plants.
- Path 2 (Site-specific requirements) – This approach would provide plants with an opportunity to develop their own site-specific risk and safety management plan (RSMP). For Path 2, the regulation would identify requirements for what would have to be included in the RSMP, but the onus would rest with the plant owner to develop a plan that provides sufficient evidence to prove that the plant would be able to maintain the acceptable risk-level.
- TSSA and the ministry should consider opening up other avenues to acquire qualifying experience to ensure candidates are able to get the experience required to achieve higher certifications.
The 25 recommendations are contained in the “Operating Engineers Regulatory Review Findings and Recommendations Report”, which is now available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry. We encourage you to provide feedback on all recommendations using the following link: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24645&language=en
Read more here.
TSSA SAFETY EXCHANGE VIDEO BLOG
The TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams delivers discussions about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector.
In this episode of Safety Matters, TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams joins host Greg Kerr to talk about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector. Watch the video here: http://www.tssablog.org/archives/5022
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TSSA SAFETY EXCHANGE
The TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams delivers discussions about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector. Find links to the video blogs here: http://www.tssablog.org/archives/category/boilers-and-pressure-vessels
A Stationary Engineer - The Beginning of a Lifelong Passion and Career by Jody Piette
It all began in 1993. I wasn’t sure after leaving school in 1991, just what I wanted to do for money or a career. I worked at a variety of seasonal positions which left me ice fishing all winter but knew I needed to start a career in something. A person can only ice fish for so long! So I decided to contact the local college in Ottawa to explore different career options. To my luck, I was directed to the Coordinator for Trades, Tim Breton, who took the time to answer questions, provide guidance and explore the options available. My future was clear. I enrolled in the Power Engineering program. With an aptitude in math, physics and mechanics, my quest for a career was over. As a Power Engineer, l was on my way to a career that provided daily challenges that I enjoy to this day with a superior wage, pension and benefits.
During the summer holidays and weekdays, I completed the “on-the-job training” at Queensway-Carleton Hospital and I graduated with honours in June 1996. With a break in my career for personal reasons, then working two jobs and applications for full time employment in August 1998, I was hired on as a Fourth-Class Engineer and I continue to this day my career as a Stationary Engineer at the Hospital. I was set for life. The best of all was that I had already worked at the Hospital through college and had the opportunity to blueprint the entire HVAC system while doing my on the job training as well as become a permanent team member of the guys at the plant.
My first year I was the preventative maintenance guy servicing all of the equipment. This was great hands-on experience. The second year entailed working on the Y2K project in anticipating a major catastrophe of computer shutdowns (and now it's funny 15 years later).
Next, there were hospital expansions and equipment changes. After the emergency building expansion, the main boiler room retrofit included the installation of a co-generating plant and the operation of a V20 engine, and learning how to get the most of a co-generation system. A new chiller system was added in 2009. From 1994 with a building size of 680,000 square feet, the plant is responsible for over 1,200,000 square feet, doubling in size and a state of the art facility with full computer control for all facilities.
With the growth of the hospital, equipment and plant, so has my career, personal and professional growth. A 4th Class Engineer in 1998, Lead Hand in 2006 and now the Building and Systems Chief Operator. I am fortunate in that I can look back from the beginning on my career decision, growth and the satisfaction of making a difference, being part of the Union, enjoying the daily challenges and leading a team.
The Queensway-Carleton Hospital Operations department.
TSSA approved operating (power) engineer training providers
The TSSA has compiled a list of Ontario providers offering training, examination and certification. Find details here.
IUOE Engineer RaiseS Awareness and Funds for Cancer RESEARCH
Allan Hager, Maintenance Engineer at the University of Ottawa does his part in raising money for cancer research. Besides giving all his hair, a pizza lunch with the Engineers also raised money in support of Allan shaving it all off. In total, over $30,000 was raised at the University!
CANADIANS UNITED FOR CHANGE
A not-for-profit entity called Canadians United for Change (CUC) was formed as a result of a resolution that was passed unanimously at the 57th Canadian Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers held in 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The organization ran a political campaign during the 2015 federal election and will also run campaigns during future elections. Click here to visit the Canadians United for Change website or click here for their Facebook page.
Local 772 wishes to extend its condolences to the families of Local 772 members who have passed away recently:
IUOE supports co-op students and apprentices in training the new generation of Operating Engineers!
POWER ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT VIDEO
The TSSA had a real concern – a critical shortage of power engineers which meant shutting down vital components of our society. So a recruitment video was produced that would be shown to high school students across the province to show our young audience what a power engineer really does in an informative, dynamic, and relevant way. View the video here.