IBEW Founders’ Scholarship

Posted by Darryl on March 3, 2010

Please be advised that the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship is available to IBEW members who have been in continuous good standing for the four years preceding May 1st of the scholarship year. If a member has been on honorary withdrawall, at any time during the aforementioned period, he/she will not be eligible to participate.

Unfortunately, the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship is not available to the spouces or children of IBEW members. However, Union Plus has a scholarship that is available for IBEW members, as well as members’ spouses and dependent children (as defined under IRS Regulations). The Union Plus Scholarship is available to members of participating unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. For more information on the Union Plus Scholarship, you can visit the Union Plus Website, at www.unionplus.org.

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IBEW Code of Excellence

Posted by Darryl on October 2, 2009

The Code of Excellence is a program designed to bring out the best in our construction members and demonstrate to our customers

that IBEWmembers:

Exercise safe and productive work practices

Perform the highest quality and quantity of work

Utilize their skills and abilities to the maximum

The Code of Excellence training is to convey a strong message that IBEWconstruction members will:

*Arrive to work on time, ready and willing to work.

*Follow appropriate employer and customer work rules.

*Promote an alcohol and drug free workplace.

*Work in a safe and healthy manner.

*Give 8 hours work for 8 hours pay and ensure supervision has been notified when we need to leave the jobsite.

*Respect management directives that are safe, reasonable and legitimate.

*Respect the customer’s rights and property.

*Respect the rights of our coworkers.

*Utilize the skills and abilities we have learned to gain a competitive advantage.

*Take care of the employer’s tools and equipment as if they were our own.

*Refuse to condone any act of property destruction, including graffiti.

*Start work on time, work until the appropriate quitting time and limit break periods to the time allowed.

*Use the proper tool for the job while maintaining personal responsibility for our tools.

*Only sell merchandise or collect funds as authorized by the Business Manager of the Local Union.

*Perform personal business, including cell phone use, during authorized break periods only.

*Never participate in job slowdowns, disruptions or activities designed to extend the job or create overtime.

*Always strive to conduct ourselves in a way that promotes a positive image of the IBEW. DECLARATION OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES

FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CODE OF EXCELLENCE

WITH IBEW

Contractors declare and proclaim the activities of partnering and Code of Excellence with IBEWare intended to result in well paying jobs to satisfy the economic needs of families including food, housing, health care, education, recreation and economic security in retirement. The purpose of partnering is also to fulfill emotional and physical needs through skilled productive work, respect, dignity and inclusion on challenging yet safe projects.

Partnering will also allow labor and management to share new

experiences with proper recognition and appreciation to all

who participate.

As with Stewards, IBEWmembers employed in management /supervision must have knowledge of the Code of Excellence program principles, its relationship to IBEWorganizing and overall membership responsibilities to the Brotherhood. Yet, more importantly, members in these roles need to know how effectively managing their jobs will be a corresponding obligation to the Code of Excellence program. IBEWrank and file members honoring the Code of Excellence program will rightfully have similar expectations of Brothers and Sisters in management/supervision, with these being in the areas of:

*Management responsibilities to the collective bargaining agreement.

*Total acceptance of supervisory positions and related responsibilities.

*Communication and cooperation with the job Steward.

*Employee encouragement but, if necessary, fair and consistent discipline.

*Job safety, health and sanitation needs or requirements.

*Ample job layout/directions to minimize down time and maximize employee productivity.

*Availability and timely delivery of necessary materials.

*Proper number and type of tools and equipment to ensure job progress.

*Maintenance and upkeep of tools and equipment.

*Storage and protection of employer and employee tools and equipment.

*Employ adequate number of employees to perform efficiently or, conversely, limit number of employees to the work at hand.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Workers Again

Posted by Darryl on December 12, 2008

By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government broke the law in financing the employment insurance system by transforming premiums paid by workers and employers into an unconstitutional tax.In a 7-0 judgment, the court ruled Thursday the former Liberal governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin collected EI contributions illegally in 2002, 2003 and 2005.In those years, EI rates were set directly by cabinet without proper authorization from Parliament, violating the ancient constitutional principle of no taxation without representation.However, the court said Ottawa legitimately collected premiums in all other years since 1996 and rejected claims by organized labour that the Liberals deliberately ran up massive surpluses in the EI fund, then diverted the money to balance the federal budget and fund other initiatives.The Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, one of Quebec’s leading labour organizations, had demanded that $54 billion in allegedly diverted premiums be returned to the EI system and used to fund future benefits to jobless workers.The court issued no order for repayment and suspended the effect of its judgment for one year in order to give the federal government time to sort out the legislative tangle.The confederation also contended that federal jurisdiction is strictly limited to providing such benefits, and that any training, placement or other social services should be left to the provinces. The court rejected that claim, as well.The dispute has its roots in the deficit-fighting efforts of Martin as finance minister under Chretien. Critics have long maintained the strategy amounted to balancing the federal books on the backs of the unemployed.The Liberals brought in legislation in 1996 that tightened eligibility rules for EI benefits but simultaneously opened the door to new training, education, placement and other programs.Critics say the government then went on to set the premiums charged to workers and employers at higher rates than were necessary to fund the reduced benefits and new programs.The result was a ballooning surplus in the EI fund – a revenue windfall critics said could be used first to balance the budget and later to support other Liberal initiatives that had no connection to EI.Opposition MPs, labour unions, business groups and Auditor General Sheila Fraser all complained repeatedly about the new regime but to no avail.The current Conservative government promised earlier this year to set up an independent Crown corporation to run EI on a break-even basis. But the Tories didn’t offer to restore the $54 billion diverted in the past.The confederation, backed by an aluminum workers union in the northern Quebec town of Arvida, launched a legal challenge to the system in 2003.Their claims were rejected by both Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal, but for different legal reasons in each case.The Canadian Labour Congress intervened at the Supreme Court to back the demand for repayment of the $54 billion in diverted premiums.The CLC balked, however, at the idea of leaving training and other programs solely to the provinces. It urged the high court to maintain the federal ability to run such programs across the country.Federal lawyer James Mabbutt argued in May that the rules advocated by the unions would put future governments in a “constitutional straitjacket” in managing the system.Much of the dispute hinged on the interpretation of a 1940 constitutional amendment that first gave Ottawa the power to set up a national employment insurance system.The case also raised a host of related questions about federal taxation and spending powers and whether Ottawa had been poaching on provincial turf.

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Rio Tinto to invest additional US$300 million to advance the Kitimat Modernisation Project

Posted by Darryl on October 31, 2008

Speaker: Renato Paulillo

Rio Tinto is to invest an additional US$300 million in the modernisation of the Kitimat aluminium smelter in British Columbia, Canada, bringing the current project funding total to over US$500 million.

“The Kitimat Modernisation Project leverages two of our greatest competitive advantages – clean, self-generated hydropower and internationally renowned AP smelting technology. This investment continues construction and maintains critical paths for the project, while we seek opportunities to reduce capital costs in the currently challenging economic climate,” said Dick Evans, Chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan.

This stage of funding will secure the launch of an anode baking furnace, substation, casthouse, and construction workers’ camp, as well as ancillary services.

“The Kitimat Modernisation Project remains a priority for Rio Tinto Alcan and this investment allows us to continue building on what the project team has already accomplished,” said Jacynthe Côté, President and chief executive officer, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan. “We will progress with construction and driving further value from the project.”

The modernisation of the Kitimat aluminium smelter will increase its current production from 245,000 tonnes per year to approximately 400,000 tonnes per year, representing growth of more than 60 per cent. Rio Tinto Alcan’s proprietary AP technology is the most cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly smelting technology available, allowing the modernised plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 per cent per year.

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AHC/CHC Contract

Posted by Darryl on October 15, 2008

The ratification of the Ahc/Chc Contract has been completed with a vote of 25-5 in favor. This ends the matter for now and our increases will apply. For IBEW members this means an 11% increase for the first year and 3 for the next year and 2% in last, not quite parity with our base contract but closer. Our new rate for J/wire will be $30.22 up from $27.23 Along with this is the option for LOA ($95 a day going to $100 on july 1st 2009) if you don’t want Employer supplied lodging. Although we do still have a ways to go this secures Revy 5 Mica 5 and 6 , Revy 6 and hopefully Site “c” as Building Trades Jobs as they should be. Brother Ray Keen has stepped down as our rep. on the council, our thanks to Ray. I have been appointed in his place, I hope I can do as well.

glen hilton

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Shell Jackpine

Posted by Darryl on October 6, 2008

If you choose to ignore this warning you will do so at your own peril under the Constitution Of the IBEW Our brothers from 424 provide us with a lot of employment opportunities so lets not hinder them in their efforts

Shell Canada Jackpine Mine Expansion – Fort McMurray

IBEW Local 424 and Shell Canada have entered into a Project Labour Agreement for the expansion work at the Scotford Refinery near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. We encourage all IBEW members from Canada and the United States to take job calls to our signatory contractors on the Scotford site as the calls come in. Shell Canada however has NOT reached an agreement with IBEW Local 424 for the Expansion work at the Albian or Jackpine Mine Expansions north of Fort McMurray Alberta. Shell Canada has communicated its position that this site will be a “managed-open” site and much of the work has been tendered to employers affiliated with the CLAC. In response, Local 424 will not be granting clearance to any members to work for non-IBEW affiliated contractors on the Shell Jackpine and Albian Mine Expansion.

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Bechtel awarded contract july 9 2008

Posted by Darryl on August 10, 2008

CANADA—ALUMINUM SMELTER Rio Tinto Alcan has awarded Bechtel a $200 million contract to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management for the modernization of an aluminum smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia. The project would increase the smelter’s annual production capacity by 125,000 tonnes a year to 400,000 tonnes. It would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent. The upgraded smelter would be among the largest in North America. Signing of Project Labour Agreement scheduled for Aug. 28th. in Vancouver. Final approval by Rio Tinto board expected 4th. quarter 2008. We will do our best to keep up with the latest.

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