NEWS

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.

Some of you may have seen a commercial on TV for the new Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) media campaign, called "Together Fairness Works," launched October 21. This campaign will remind Canadians of the positive things that the labour movement is all about, which is in essence a better life for everyone. In the context of what is happening with Nova Scotia Power's announcement of oursourcing jobs, this is a particularly timely message for the people of this province. Please share the link to this Youtube video widely---on Facebook, by Twitter, by email:

Watch the "Sunny" CLC video

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IBEW LOCAL 1928

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14 McQuade Lake Crescent
Bayers Lake Industrial Park
Beechville NS B3S 1B6

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