December 2014

The Canadian Department Staff Reports 2014

Eastern District Council Report

Jacques Dubois

It is amazing how quickly a year passes by as I bring greetings again this year from the Eastern District Council office. Working together with our owner and contractor communities over this past year, we have strengthened our commitment to working safer, working more productively with an ongoing seal of quality that only the ironworkers can deliver. The recruitment of new candidates and moving them into membership and apprentice and training programs is the duty of every local union in our council.
Just as in other parts of Canada and the United States has proven, recruiting and training is our road to success and growth. There are many opportunities for our organization to grow and prosper, in a country so rich with the development of natural resources from coast to coast.

In order to capitalize on these opportunities, we must be willing to adapt and change to meet owner and contractor business plans. We may not always agree with these new ways of doing business; however, effective communication for all industry trends and changes with our memberships is the key to success. Let us continue to lead the way through our ability to continue promoting our existing training programs and through collaboration with IMPACT and our National Training Fund to create and develop new programs that will ensure our success as an organization.

At the end of the day it is our job to give our members the tools to be successful. However, it is our member’s performance which is the determining factor in how we are perceived by owners and contractors in being the best bang for the buck.

Safety is part of our daily responsibilities and the standards set by industry certainly have raised some challenges for our trade and will for years to come. As you have read in previous ironworker safety articles, by International Safety Director Steve Rank and Canadian Safety Coordinator Jeff Norris, they gladly accept those challenges and with your support are constantly working on a better way.

I will end with a salute to our organizing staff with the International, district councils and local unions across Canada led by Canadian Organizing Campaign Coordinator James Rodney. Thank you for your commitment in growing our organization through effective marketing strategies. All district councils in Canada and all local unions affiliated with them can count on us, as we also know we can count on them.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas and a happy new year with your family and all loved ones.

Canadian Safety Coordinator Report

Jeff Norris

Our great union is measured by the contribution of members, of its’ commitment to society and its’ nation. Our families, our communities, every part of our country depends upon the success of the Iron Workers, whether it is the bridge they drive over, the mall in which they shop or the school where children learn. The safety of the ironworker directly relates to the public.

When we hear the word “SAFETY,” how often do we take a moment and reflect what this really means to us, to our families and to the people close in our lives? As unique individuals, the answer may be similar or very different. The definition of safety can also be interpreted very diversely as to when and where it applies.

In the simplest of terms, safety is generally interpreted as implying a real and significant impact on risk of injury, damage to property or even death. 

A response to perceived risks within our work spaces require many interventions with engineering and/or administrative controls, and personal protective equipment combined with rules and regulation being the most common methods to achieve an acceptable level of risk. 

Driven by the desire to learn and discover, we affirm our interests and strengths in the pursuit of knowledge, making the commitment to be part of a community of ironworkers on a lifelong journey.

The members before us lived by a different set of rules. Now it seems we spend most of our time trying to figure out how they did it. The model of apprenticeship, mentoring and guiding; molding the future ironworker knowledge is tradition, history and experience.

Unfortunately, our industry safety programs often use the “classroom only training” theory as the universal remedy to preventing incidents and ignore the proven methods and techniques that come with competence through experience of “hands on.” The learning of what safety means begins with the passing of knowledge and skill on the job.

Private knowledge is knowledge lost. If our people know WHY they are doing things, they will do things better. If they are told the result of their actions that is better still, but ideally, the optimal results are realized when people have a stake in the outcome as well. The decisions we face every day, on and off the job, require communication. 

We are all stakeholders in safety and wellness; to be leaders of health and safety, we can help by developing our own people that we want to succeed. But in order for this to be a success, we as an International Union need your continued support.

You have the energy. You have the educational opportunities. And you have the legacy of years of pioneers and innovators on which to build. Today, you’ll have the experience to learn from them. I encourage you to make the most of that opportunity; take pride in your perseverance, dedication and spirit to excel.

By making the choice to work safely, to “See Something! Say Something!” we show honour to the lives of the members and their families who have suffered injury, illness or death. 

Together through the structures we proudly build, we also create promising futures reflected by working toward “Goal Zero” in partnership with our contractors and owners. 

Please take the time to read about the programs and services IMPACT provides, to help all of us as leaders of safety, to take the ownership and responsibility of safety to work and home every day.

Ontario District Council Report

Kevin Bryenton

The Ontario District Council had another great year on many fronts. Work continued to pick up and the six outside locals logged the third best year man-hours wise, in the last 15, with just over seven million.

There were many fine achievements over the past 12 months with Local 765 (Ottawa, Ontario) and Local 786 (Sudbury, Ontario) capturing the certified training center designation as well as the eagle award for achieving all the KPIs. Way to go!

Sault Ste. Marie hosted the apprenticeship competition this June and the three champs from this year will join the crew from the Ottawa competition last summer to get ready for a six-way tie for first at the big show in September. Local 721 (Toronto, Ontario) has been busy getting ready to host the over 500 competitors and delegates to the International Apprenticeship competition.

The release of the Canadian Red Seal preparation manuals was a fantastic achievement for Canada and was facilitated through the National Training Fund and IMPACT to get rolling on upgrading to that standard. The manuals have been well received by the participating local unions and are a great resource for promotion and certification going forward in Canada.

Many thanks again to the committee of Wayne Worrall, Local 771 (Regina, Saskatchewan), Clint Knowlton, Local 721, Guy Leblanc, Local 842 (Saint John, New Brunswick), and Luis Barros, Local 721.

The CWB weld certification transfer card was also released over this past year, marking the fruition of a two-year project to get something specific for the union ironworker in Canada through the CWB. The first ever offering of a certified welding inspector course for Canadians, in Washtenaw, also went well with a record number of members passing on the first run through.

The greatest achievement of each member, each local and this council by far, in 2014, was keeping the likes of Tim Hudak at bay. Through a broad-based political education mission that locals and the council engendered to get going, members along with the labour movement across Ontario came out to vote and voted with conviction to oust the potential PC (Progressive Conservative) government and return a Liberal government to continue to hold on to the great labour legislation we enjoy in this province.

Projects of Note

Local 700 (Windsor, Ontario) has continued work on the parkway project with all existing 
bridges getting a new deck thanks to some bad design out of the general, but it means more man-hours for the local rodmen. The Detroit-Windsor Bridge is coming and there are hints of a return to the car plants in the area that have been lying idle for some years.

Local 721 remains strong in the residential window sector; rods are incredibly busy and the local has ongoing work in many capital works projects in all sectors. Apprenticeship numbers are at all-time highs and they look forward to commencing a major renovation of their training center in the spring of 2015.

Local 736 (Hamilton, Ontario) has continued on many of its projects associated with the upcoming PanAm games and the Ivor Wynne Stadium project and recently completed its election returning Business Manager James Hannah and President Steve Pratt to another term.

Local 759 (Thunder Bay, Ontario) has seen work tail off from its peak on the continuing development of many headwater expansions in the EPSCA sector and mining development in the north but is holding its own on many projects underway and coming soon.

Local 765 continues to truck along in the structural and rod sectors, with many projects ongoing and starting, including some one-of-a-kind bridges and work associated with rapid transit expansions and government new builds in the nation’s capital.

Local 786 maintains to carry on with heavy industrial in steel plants and mines and will be going through expansions at Vale-Inco and ongoing commercial work in the city. They, and most other locals in the province, are also in the process of erecting wind and solar farms in conjunction with the long-term infrastructure work coming out of the provincial government.

Local 834 (Toronto, Ontario) continues to work with the council organizing team to increase its membership and gain ground in the industrial sector.

Elections were held in three of the outside locals this year and congratulations to all who ran and to the returning and new officers of each, led by the business managers, Gaetan Sigouin, Local 765, Armand Charbonneau, Local 786 and James Hannah, Local 736.

This year also marked the retirement of a couple of key officers in our council with the departure of Local 700 Business Manager Mark Dugal and Local 765 President Barry Fawcett. On behalf of the council, we wish to thank them both for their dedication and hard work, for all the members of their locals, in continuing to expand and grow work opportunities and careers for new entrants into our trade. All the best on stage 4!

Western District Council Report

Darrell LaBoucan

Our members have much to be thankful for again this year in western Canada. Work has continued to be strong although we have had pockets of slow periods this year, even in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have held the hot hand for hours the last couple of years. There, to pick-up the slack, was British Columbia with their mega project; the Kitimat Modernization project, in northwestern BC, which has kept 300+ ironworkers busy for going on two years. Congratulations to all the field locals who worked 9,662,492.21 hours over the past 12 months.

The latest news is our reinforcing sector is about to bust wide open this year and we are experiencing mild reinforcing ironworker shortages in all provinces. These shortages have been mainly on work in the major cities where contractor work incentives are not as evident. All the signs and data point to all sectors of our industry reaching periods where demand will outreach supply, in western Canada, over the next calendar year. We will have major projects kicking off in all of our western provinces over the next six-eight months. Infrastructure projects, along with institutional and commercial work, will also continue to create employment opportunities for our members.

So it sounds good right? Well, yes, when the pie is large we will maintain our current level of market share but we need to prepare now for when our share of the construction, maintenance and manufacturing pie shrinks and it will—it always does. 

Marketing and organizing new members and contractors is the key to our survival for when our markets recede. We need to control as much of our industry as we can or suffer the consequences of not taking advantage of market share opportunities that are in front of us now.

Don’t get me wrong; we have been semi successful in growing our shop and field member numbers over the past four years and have further been able to secure new contractors to our fair contractors list. Combined field and shop, in the last four years, have grown our membership 16 percent in western Canada, which equals 1,052 new union ironworkers. We did this through a common goal of knowing that, to stay on top, we must be the gatekeepers in the supply of ironworkers to our industry.

Congratulations to Local 771 (Regina, Saskatchewan), who were the fastest growing local in the past four years and have increased their membership 55 percent. Further congratulations go out to Shop Local 805 (Calgary, Alberta), who increased their membership 37 percent over the same period. 

Remember, your locals need your support in bringing in new members through organizing and marketing our organization to every unrepresented ironworker and contractor in western Canada.

Our local unions do recognize there are a lot of non-union companies and non-union ironworkers out there eating our lunch. Locals are placing much more importance on growing their market share and backing it up with the hiring of local union marketing/organizer representatives to work with the International shop and field organizers, in a common cause of protecting our turf on behalf of 8,881 members in western Canada. 

A good example of working together would be the International successfully assisting Local 720 (Edmonton, Alberta) in securing two large steel erection packages at the Edmonton arena that would have otherwise gone non-union. We are continuing to work with the local’s Business Manager Robert Blakeman and President Pete London to seek out further work on this massive project. The local’s reinforcing contractor, A&H Steel, has been awarded the supply and install reinforcing package. 

Our unique and integral part of the district council is Local 643 (Victoria, British Columbia), our shipyard rigging local. Through the leadership of Business Manager Sean Hennon, they have been holding their own out on Vancouver Island and we thank Sean for the work opportunities you have shared with ironworkers coast to coast. 

Our three shop locals currently total 2,795 members, up from 2,323 four years ago. 

There is another market we need to give our utmost attention to in western Canada and that’s long-term and short-term plant maintenance work. Maintenance is the gift that keeps on giving. It is a fact that maintenance work will take over construction in being the new driver of hours in the not too distant future. The ironworkers need to push for every maintenance hour that’s available. Let’s get our people on those maintenance jobs and keep them there. We will be sharing a promotion of “Why Maintenance Matters” through your local union websites in the near future.

Congratulations to Training Coordinator Derek Dinzey, Team Local 97, and all volunteers for the well organized and fantastic in-house outstanding apprenticeship competition runoff held May of this year in Vancouver.

And further congratulations go out to Local 728’s President/Training Coordinator Dan Pelletier and the Winnipeg, Manitoba team of organizers and volunteers for hosting the bi-annual District Council of Western Canada Apprenticeship runoff competition, which was a stellar event sending six competitors to Toronto in September.

We would like to welcome Jeff Norris, Local 720 member and former training coordinator, on board with the International as our district council representative. Jeff will be assisting in the duties of this office and I know he will do a great job for the council.

In closing, I would ask that our brothers and sisters endorse the Ironworkers Standards of Excellence every time you walk on to a jobsite. Be proud of who you are and what you do! And the ironworkers will continue to be the “union of choice” for owners of construction and maintenance work.

Stay healthy and stay safe while enjoying this holiday season with family and friends.

Canadian Shop Department Report

Eric Bohne

While Iron Worker shop members have done reasonably well in 2014 in western Canada, there are serious concerns that will threaten our members’ job security in the near future. Within our region there were sporadic job losses and layoffs. The reality is that Canada’s steel fabrication market share is shrinking at an alarming rate due to unfair foreign competition, which inevitably affects both unionized and non-union companies.

As we see the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) problem creeping further and further into construction with some high profile cases, our shops are experiencing an even greater challenge. Foreign producers can undercut Canadian steel fabrication firms with low wages and benefits, a lack of labour and human rights or real unions, government subsidies, few environmental requirements and appalling health and safety rules.

The Problem: 
Fighting Foreign Steel

Foreign producers in China, Korea, Japan and other countries are displacing Iron Worker members and their employers by dumping low price steel in North America. In 2012, Canada imported $1 billion worth of steel from China, plus another $400 million from Japan and $300 million from South Korea. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost in our own country, while we financed the creation of jobs in other countries. Stats Canada’s numbers illustrate this trend is increasing exponentially. We are working hard to expose the problem and offer solutions to this devastating trend.

There was a huge controversy in 2006 over California’s Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland. It was a $350 million project that used Chinese-fabricated steel. The steel was found to have major welding defects, causing huge cost overruns and big delays.

Now there are protests over the use of $34 million in Chinese-fabricated steel for renovation of New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, between Brooklyn and Staten Island. It’s North America’s longest suspension bridge.

In Canada, the Golden Ears Bridge in British Columbia was built with steel fabricated in China, by the same firm that got the Bay Bridge contract. We are seeing more and more fabricated components in Alberta’s oil sands, in Saskatchewan and in Ontario. It looks like foreign steel companies are eating our lunch—and that lunch is now Chinese takeout!

But is China truly competitive? Are American and Canadian steel fabricators too expensive? The clear answer is no. We can compete if it’s a level playing field. But we can’t compete with foreign producers who have completely inadequate environmental standards, huge government subsidies and workers who are paid very low wages with few labour rights or safety protections, let alone democratic freedoms. That’s clearly unfair competition—because our governments have not evaluated bids on an equal basis.

They are also not calculating the value of creating family-supporting jobs, or the taxes workers and companies pay and the value of building our economy—not that of a foreign country. Professor Peter Navarro of the University of California said in the New York Times that these deals do not, quote: “Take into account all of the additional costs that buying ‘Made in China’ brings to the table.” And the New York Times reports six bridges in China have collapsed since 2011 with shoddy construction and inferior building material being blamed. So the true costs of allegedly cheaper Chinese steel are enormous.

The Canadian Solution

In Canada, we are moving quickly to deal with the challenge. The Canadian solution is a two-pronged plan of action. One prong involves challenging the dumping of foreign steel in Canada through a legal action partly funded through IMPACT. We are launching a campaign involving research and lobbying politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal government level to support local procurement policies.

We are also taking powerful arguments supporting Canadian steel fabrication jobs directly to the public. We conducted public opinion research in British Columbia as a pilot project last fall with excellent results and the public strongly agrees with us.

As you can see from the graphs, 89 percent are concerned that foreign countries export goods to Canada that are subsidized by government grants, very low wages, inadequate environmental standards and lack of human rights.

And 88 percent agree when major projects receive substantial funding from taxpayers, governments should insist that local, provincial and national suppliers of goods and services be given preference over foreign suppliers. Further, 53 percent strongly agree. 

Taxpayers understand the value of creating jobs and investment in Canada. They want the enormous revenue from taxes paid by workers and corporations in our steel fabrication industry calculated in making decisions on government projects. And recently, our national polling produced nearly identical results across Canada.

Next we will take this research right to the politicians. We want to convince them that protecting our steel fabrication industry, worth $5 billion a year and supporting over 40,000 Canadian jobs, is essential. We will lobby the federal and provincial governments to ensure that all major taxpayer-funded projects use an evaluation process that includes all of the benefits of producing steel in Canada, not China. And we are going to see those politicians together with our employers in a joint approach that isn’t often seen and we will impress them.

But most importantly, we have a win-win proposition. Supporting Canadian steel fabrication companies is both economical with a fair evaluation and it is popular with voters. It also shows our members how we are fighting for their best interests.

And it will help organize non-union firms. The Iron Workers will work to improve our public image by fighting for Canadian jobs and getting results. Non-union workers will be far more likely to consider joining us when they see a winning strategy to defend our industry from unfair foreign competition.

One of our biggest challenges in organizing is workers’ fear of losing their jobs. This campaign will help remove that obstacle as we all know that fighting over a shrinking steel fabrication market will only see both union and non-union workers lose jobs, not gain them.

John F. Kennedy said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” If we expand market share for steel fabrication and push back unfair foreign competition, everybody benefits. So that’s the Canadian solution. Research that supports our position, work together with employers and get governments to take action to protect Canadian jobs. Together, we will succeed.

Canadian Organizing Campaign Coordinator’s Report

James Rodney

As I visit more and more jobsites and shops, I am starting to hear a more common theme that unions are not needed anymore. This statement could not be farther from the truth. Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy every day, are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.

The right-wing attack on unions is nothing more than ignorance, lack of education and propaganda. When union membership thrives, so does the middle class. But lately, in an “everyone for himself” age of globalization and anti-labour legislation, both have been suffering. Studies have shown an indisputable correlation between the rate of unionization and the percentage of the nation’s total wealth held by the middle class.

As unions picked up members through the first 70 years of the last century, the gap between rich and poor narrowed. As unions were weakened by free-trade agreements, globalization and anti-labour legislation since the 1980s, the gap spreads and goes off the charts. The drop in labour-union participation since the late 1960s is highly correlated with the decline in the share of the nation’s total income going to the middle class. A vibrant labour movement is necessary to ensure that both our economy and democracy work for the middle class. 

Labour unions play an important role in improving wages, workplace safety and reducing inequality across Canada and the United States. Some people say Canada doesn’t need unions anymore, but unionized labour plays a vital role in keeping the Canadian economy healthy. 

Union workers account for 40 percent of the Canadian workforce and provide many benefits for both workers and the public. Nearly one in three employed Ontarians is a union member. If you are one of these 1.6 million workers, you enjoy a tremendous advantage because your union has negotiated a fair wage and workday for you. In Ontario, the average hourly wage for union members is $29.22; a full $6.42 more per hour than their non-unionized co-workers who only earn an average of $22.80 per hour. The union advantage isn’t just good for workers; it’s good for Ontario communities too. Unionized workers provide an extra $366 million to Ontario’s economy every week. Toronto’s share of the union advantage adds up to an extra $105 million every week spent by the city’s 600,000 unionized workers.

Before unions first appeared in Canada in the early 1800s, 60-hour workweeks were common and many people had to endure unsafe work conditions, receiving little in the way of retirement and benefits packages. Unions fought for the 40-hour work week, as well as pensions, holidays and health insurance. Better wages were also a major concern. Higher wages with periodic raises helped to secure better quality of life for all workers.

In 1872, Sir John A. McDonald signed the Trade Union Act, giving workers the legal right to form unions and to fight for better working conditions. Before unions were formed, workers were often faced with dangerous, unsanitary working conditions and were not given respectable retirement packages. 

Steady work was hard to come across and once workers were past 50 years of age, there was no future for them at all. Now we see a total reversal of this. The current trend is to keep skilled workers on the job into their 60s and 70s. It is well known that union workers receive excellent retirement packages and are able to refuse work if they feel it is unsafe. When building trades’ union workers are on the job, we have an assurance they are properly trained in building codes and best practices with high skill levels for whatever project they are working on. This assurance that the job will be done right, safely and productively is the reason all construction and maintenance work should be done union. It is important to highlight that unions serve to raise the bar, not only for their own members, but also for the non-unionized. All workers benefit from these positive impacts of unions. 

On behalf of my family to yours, I would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous new year and holiday season.

Canadian Impact Report

Bert Royer

In two short years, IMPACT (Ironworkers Management Progressive Action Trust) has made a difference in the Canadian ironworking industry. Owners, general contractors, contractors, building trades unions and politicians have all started recognizing IMPACT as the most progressive labour/management partnership in construction today.

IMPACT’s goals remain unchanged. Growing our market share, growing our contractor base and increasing the membership of the Iron Workers International are tasks that will ensure a solid base for future generations. Steady growth is achievable and through continued training and upgrading, we will remain the most skilled and qualified workforce available. Thanks to a strong Canadian economy, we are on the right track and our numbers are growing across the country.

NATIONAL IMPACT INITIATIVES:
The three Canadian regional advisory boards, XI, XII and XIII collaborated on several national training initiatives. IMPACT provided funding for the following:

The Red Seal committee, chaired by RAB XII labour co-chair Kevin Bryenton, has now completed the Red Seal Study package for ironworkers. This committee made up of local union trade coordinators and instructors completed this work at several committee meetings in Toronto. They have now published first-class study materials that can be used for apprentice and journeyman upgrading classes. The study manuals have been distributed to all Canadian local unions and their training facilities.

Significant changes to CWB welder certification cards are underway thanks to the work of the CWB welder committee headed by RAB XII co-chair Kevin Bryenton and Doug Luciani and Mark Redmond of CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau). The new welding tickets will now contain a picture of the certified welder, Iron Worker membership number, issue and expiration dates, Iron Workers International and CWB logos.

Thank you to the RAB XI, RAB XII and RAB XIII trade coordinators that participated in the CWB and Red Seal Committees.

CWB level 1 inspector and welding supervisor courses were delivered to Canadian ironworkers at the Annual Instructor program held in July 2014. 

INDUSTRY SPONSORSHIPS & POLITICAL LOBBYING:
In addition to training initiatives, IMPACT also provided funding for industry sponsorships and political lobbying throughout the year.

IMPACT provided sponsorship to the CISC (Canadian Institute of Steel Construction) Education Foundation and also places advertisements in their quarterly magazine. 

The IW’s IMPACT continues to strongly support the H2H (Helmets to Hardhats) program. This important program helps all, Canadian and American, military personnel transition from the military to suitable, good paying jobs within building trades unions.

Funding was also provided to CRSI (Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute) to assist in promoting our reinforcing steel industry.

IMPACT is very proud to have been a major sponsor of the 2014 International Apprentice Competition in Toronto, Ontario, along with the three Canadian district councils.

A political lobbying public awareness campaign, started by Shopmen’s Local 712 (Vancouver, British Columbia), is currently underway to address the unfair playing field being created by the dumping of Asian steel in Canada. Based on the positive results obtained in BC, it was decided to expand the campaign to the national level. Our signatory shops, and the brothers and sisters employed in Canadian fabrication facilities, should not have to sit back and watch ships loaded with Asian steel arrive at Canadian ports. Canadian politicians should be put on notice. The Iron Workers will be contacting you.

RAB XI – WESTERN CANADA: 
Labour Co-Chair Darrell LaBoucan/Management 
Co-Chair Ross Fraser

2014 was a busy year for training in Regional Advisory Board XI. Foreman, superintendent, Ironworker a Salesman, shop supervisor and contractor courses were all delivered in RAB XI.

On May 1, 2014, there was a significant move for contractors and ironworkers in western Canada; Locals 720 (Edmonton, Alberta) and 725 (Calgary, Alberta) came on board with IMPACT. 

In September 2014, a Canadian first, a contractor RAB grant covering the cost of project management courses was submitted by Supreme Steel, voted on and approved in RAB XI.

RAB XII – ONTARIO: Labour Co-Chair 
Kevin Bryenton/Management Co-Chair Jack Mesley
With RAB XII, the Ontario District Council and Local 721 (Toronto, Ontario) hosting the 2014 International Apprentice Competition, this has been an extremely busy year for Ontario ironworkers.

The wind turbine equipment and mobile training trailer were delivered to RAB XII. They continue to provide foreman and superintendent courses. And now, windmill training is currently underway in Locals 721 and 736 (Hamilton, Ontario).

The largest IMPACT grant for 2014 came out of RAB XII for the purchase of two pre-engineered buildings being used for apprentice and journeyman upgrading.

RAB XIII – EASTERN CANADA: 
Labour Co-Chair Jacques Dubois/Management 
Co-Chair Brad MacLean

RAB XIII continued foreman training in all locals and in November 2014 completed their first RAB superintendent course.

The online RAB grant voting system has been very active in eastern Canada.

IMPACT is pleased to welcome Jeff Norris as the newly appointed Canadian safety coordinator.

For safety related matters, Jeff is available to all Canadian contractors and local unions.

IMPACT ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
With 900 delegates in attendance, the 2014 Las Vegas Iron Workers/IMPACT Labour-Management Conference was a great success. World class speakers and informative breakout sessions combined to make this a “must-attend” conference.

The 2015 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labour–Management Conference will be held February 22–25, 2015 at the Rio, All Suites Hotel, Las Vegas. This conference promises to be the best industry networking opportunity of 2015.

On behalf of IMPACT Canada, I would like to thank the RAB co-chairs, executive committee members, Vice President Darrell LaBoucan and Office Administrator Sandy Lastiwka at the Canadian International Office, contractors and the Iron Worker members for your continued support of IMPACT programs. In closing, I would also like to thank IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton, the IMPACT regional directors and the Washington-based IMPACT staff for their assistance.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year.