The Canadian Labour Congress is offering "together FAIRNESS WORKS" leaders' seminars across the country from September 10th to 28th. These seminars are targeted to local union leadership and will introduce the goals and strategy for building greater member engagement, provide information and approaches for initiating activites related to the "together FAIRNESS WORKS project" or other campaigns and activities. The Halifax seminar will be held on Saturday September 14th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Business Manager Jeff Richardson.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the East's unit meetings (Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, New Glasgow, and Truro) are moving ahead by one week so that the Business Manager can attend. The new dates are in the IBEW calendar on the website (same day of the week, just one week earlier).
The Local 1928 negotiating team for Emera Utility Services (EUS) has reached a tentative agreement with the employer on a five-year agreement that would see wages increase by 2.5% in each year of the agreement. Other highlights include a new provision for compensation for company-requested travel in a line truck and compensation for helicopter work at 1.5 times the regular rate. Members from EUS will receive a summary of the agreement by mail and voting will take place in early September (details of voiting logistics to be included with the mailed summary). Recognizing that many EUS members are traveling, shop stewards and staff will be available by phone to answer questions, and we can email material to you digitally as well.
Over the last year-and-a-half, the memberships of Local 1928 (Nova Scotia, utility and outside line construction) and Local 1432 (PEI, utility and outside line construction) have voted to merge the two locals. For some time, this merger has been following the legal process required by the Labour Boards in both provinces to unite the two locals under the 1928 banner. The union office was notified in July that the "terminal date" for this merger was set for July 30, 2013. This may mean that the Locals are merged! But before we uncork the champagne, we are waiting for confirmation from the PEI Labour Board. Stay tuned for more updates.