For construction ("A") members of IBEW Local 1928 in good standing, the Local is conducting an electronic vote on the NSP Maritime Link tentative contract negotiated in summer 2013, which was supplemented by a financial offer from the owner on January 9, 2014. The vote will take place between Tuesday January 28th at 9am until Friday January 31st at 12pm. A contract information package was sent out to voter's home addresses last week. If are an "A" member in good standing you will receive a one-page letter by mail with a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to vote. You can place your vote either by phone or on the web. If you have questions about the voting procedure or the contract, contact the union hall.
Links to information about the contract are below (all PDF documents):
* Link to NSP Maritime Link tentative agreement
* Link to Highlights of January 9, 2014 supplemental offer from the employer
* Link to Summary of Maritime Link tentative agreement, July 23, 2013
* Link to Agreement Appendix: Extended Work Schedules (if project requires schedule that is not a regular 40-hour week)
* Link to Letter from Brother Bill Daniels, International Vice President First District
Members of Local 1928 gave a generous gift of nearly $2,000 (by passing the hat at meetings in October and November) to a former employee of the Local who was widowed suddenly in 2013, leaving her with four young children to raise on her own. We would like to say a warm thank you to the members from Nova Scotia who opened their hearts and wallets to a friend and former colleague. Ms. Campbell accepted this gift in mid-December and there is no question that it will help her family during the holiday season. Thank you again.
First District (IBEW International Canada) makes five $1,000-scholarships available to those Canadian IBEW members and their family members currently enrolled in full-or part-time studies, or who are currently in pursuit of a post- secondary diploma or degree. Scholarship applicants are required to submit a brief essay (the applicant must write the essay themselves), outlining the benefits of belonging to the IBEW. The scholarship winners are then selected by a random draw.
Applications to the First District scholarships must be received by Friday, February 21, 2014, and the draw will be held on February 28th, 2014. Download the First District Scholarship application.
* Note that applications for the IBEW Local 1928 scholarship will be available in March 2014, and the scholarships will be awarded in June of 2014. Stay tuned for more news as March approaches.
On October 31, Bill C-201, a private members' bill introduced by NDP MP Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain), had its first reading in parliament. This bill introduces a "construction mobility tax credit" that would help construction workers cover their travel costs when relocating temporarily to take on short-term construction jobs. Specifically, the bill would amend the Income Tax Act so that tradespersons and apprentices could deduct travel and accommodation expenses from their taxable income so that they can secure and maintain employment at a construction site that is more than 80 kilometers away from their home. The existing tax exemptions related to remote work sites apply only to those workers who are provided lodging at these sites directly. There is no similar provision for the majority of construction workers who travel to obtain work.
At a time when some regions of the country suffer from high unemployment while others suffer from temporary skilled labour shortages, this bill offers a solution to both.
During that first reading, Conservative MP Gerald Keddy (South Shore-St. Margaret's Bay) rose to speak against the bill. (Read what Mr. Keddy had to say here.)
Please educate yourself about Bill C-201 and contact your local MP to let him or her know that you support this private members' bill, which could benefit the many Atlantic Canadians who travel for work.
Local 1928 members at Nova Scotia Power have been working hard since October 17 (when NSP made its announcement of its intention to outsource whole functions within its unionized workforce) to educate MLAs and friends and neighbours about impacts on service and reliability for customers, and about the possible consequences on the Nova Scotia economy with an outmigration of skilled workers, particularly Cape Breton and rural communities on the mainland.
Jeff Richardson, Business Manager for Local 1928, met with CBRM mayor Cecil Clarke yesterday and with other media outlets on the Island to make the case to protect NSP workers in Cape Breton. Read the article in the Cape Breton Post here.