Pension Debate: Keeping it to the facts Protecting public sector pension plans and working to improve pensions and retirement security for everyone remains a top priority for Local 37. The Province's pension task force has announced its initial reforms for some pension plans, and it continues to examine the long term stability and security of other public and private pensions, including the public service superannuation (PSSA) plan. While this has been going on, we have been working hard to present balanced, credible information to help influence decision making. This approach is in stark contrast to that of the groups that continue to campaign in the media and pressure government to phase out public sector Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans and replace them with Defined Contribution (DC) RRSP style plans. They have been misleading government and the public by ignoring the facts and are representing a danger to retirement security. Research, history and experience make it very clear that DB pension plans are the best and most economical long-term choice for government, its workers, and taxpayers. There is however, no credible research that shows that DC Plans have been successful in providing adequate retirement savings for workers. Local 37 does agree that the current system needs to be reviewed and improved for all – which is why we have taken a proactive role in communicating the facts with government, public, and our members. Local 37 has developed a number of useful resources to help others become more informed, engaged, and involved in the See Pension
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Débat sur les pensions : restons-en aux faits Une priorité pour la section locale 37 est de protéger les régimes de retraite du secteur public et de travailler pour améliorer les pensions et la sécurité de retraite pour tous. Le groupe de travail provincial sur la retraite a annoncé les réformes initiales pour certains régimes de retraite, et il continue d'examiner la stabilité à long terme et la sécurité des autres régimes de retraite publics et privés, y compris la pension de la fonction publique (LPFP). Alors que tout cela se déroulait, nous avons travaillé dur pour présenter des informations équilibrées et crédibles pour aider à influencer les décisions. Cette approche est en contraste frappant avec celle des groupes qui continuent de faire campagne dans les médias en exerçant des pressions au sein du gouvernement pour éliminer du secteur public les régimes de retraite à prestations déterminés et les remplacer par des régimes à cotisations déterminées semblables à un RÉER. Ils ont induit en erreur le gouvernement et le public en ignorant les faits et ils représentent un danger pour la sécurité de la retraite. La recherche, l'histoire et l'expérience indiquent clairement que les régimes de retraite à prestations déterminées sont meilleurs et plus économiques à long terme pour le gouvernement, ses travailleurs et les contribuables. Toutefois, il n'y a aucune recherche crédible qui Voyez Débat
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The Ross Report le rapport de Ross Lately, it seems that everywhere we turn, workers are being challenged – whether it's lobby efforts by special interests to replace defined benefit pensions with non-guaranteed RRSP contribution plans, governments that introduce anti-worker legislation, or companies that outsource or export jobs off-shore in order to put profits ahead of people.
Dernièrement, il semble que partout où nous sommes, les travailleurs sont remis en question – soit les efforts des lobbyistes par des groupes d'intérêts particuliers pour remplacer les régimes de retraite à prestations définies par des régimes REER non garantis, les gouvernements qui introduisent des législations antiouvrières, ou des sociétés qui externalisent ou exportent des emplois à l'étranger afin de mettre les profits avant le bien-être des gens.
On top of that, there are changes taking place within our industries and De plus, il y a des changements qui ont lieu au economy that are the result of factors sein de nos industries et l'économie qui sont le far beyond anyone's control, such as résultat de facteurs bien au-delà du contrôle de the drop in electricity demand in New quiconque, comme la baisse de la demande Ross Galbraith, Business Manager Brunswick which means we currently d'électricité au Nouveau-Brunswick qui signifie Ross Galbraith, Gérant des affaires have excess generating capacity, and que nous avons actuellement une capacité de the falling price of natural gas, which has caused production excédentaire, et la baisse des prix du gaz naturel, electricity prices to fall in New England. Where we qui a causé une chute des prix de l'électricité en Nouvelleonce generated revenue by selling into the New Angleterre. Auparavant, nous avions généré des revenus en England market, it's now cheaper to purchase it. vendant sur le marché en Nouvelle-Angleterre, maintenant c'est moins cher de l'acheter. Evolving technology has also created change within our workplaces, good and bad, whether it's the use of L'évolution de la technologie a également créé un information technology that has streamlined work changement au sein de nos lieux de travail, bons et mauvais. processes, sometimes eliminating jobs, or the L'utilisation des technologies de l'information a fournie des advent of fibre-op TV and internet, which on the processus de travail simplifiés, faisant parfois disparaître des positive side has created employment for our emplois; toutefois, l'avènement de la fibre optique pour la members at Emera Utility Services. télévision et l'Internet a créé des emplois pour nos membres au sein des Services d'utilité Emera. Recently I had a chance to hear Ed Hill, the IBEW International President, talk about some of these Récemment, j'ai eu la chance d'entendre Ed Hill, le président tough issues that are facing working people today, de la FIOE international, parler de certaines de ces questions and about the way our workplaces and societies are difficiles dont les travailleurs d'aujourd'hui sont confrontés et changing. He had some interesting comments. sur la mutation de nos milieux de travail et nos sociétés. Il avait quelques commentaires intéressants. “Everything is changing and we need to change with it…. Some industries are not going back to what they « Tout change et nous devons changer aussi.... Certaines were, and we need to ask ourselves, what are we industries ne seront jamais ce qu'elles étaient jadis, et nous going to do about it? Sometimes we spend so much devons nous demander, qu'allons-nous faire à ce sujet? time saying to ourselves "do you remember what it Parfois, nous passons tellement de temps à nous dire « vous was like 20 years ago?”, that we're not thinking about rappelez-vous ce que c'était, il y a 20 ans? », nous oublions the future…. We must change and adapt to the de penser à l'avenir.... Nous devons changer et nous adapter issues before us. We need to get back to our core aux enjeux qui nous attendent. Nous avons besoin de revenir principals, being the best at what we do, and we à nos principes de base, être les meilleurs dans ce que nous need to build relationships in the places and faisons, et nous avons besoin de bâtir des relations dans les communities in which we work. We need to adopt the lieux et les communautés dans lesquelles nous travaillons.
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Code of Excellence, because we want to do it, because it's our culture, not because the company wants us to do it.”
Nous devons adopter un Code d'Excellence parce que nous voulons le faire, parce que c'est notre culture, non pas parce que la société veut que nous le fassions. »
President Hill's message is clear – in a world where changes are happening very quickly, one where unions have become the punching bag for special interest groups that represent the wealthy and the powerful, we need to be nimble, we need to adapt, and we need to live up to the ideals and high standards of the IBEW. We need to embrace our core principals, of supporting one another in good times and bad, of having the best work skills and being the best at what we do, and we need to build strong relationships within the communities in which we work so that the public will support us.
Le message du président Hill est clair dans un monde où les changements se produisent très rapidement, celui où les syndicats sont devenus le ballon de boxe pour les groupes d'intérêts spéciaux qui représentent les riches et les puissants, nous devons faire preuve de souplesse, nous devons nous adapter, et nous devons être à la hauteur des idéaux et des normes élevées de la FIOE. Nous devons embrasser nos principes de base, nous soutenir les uns les autres durant le bon et le mauvais, d'avoir les meilleures compétences de travail et être les meilleurs dans ce que nous faisons, et nous devons construire de solides relations au sein des communautés dans lesquelles nous travaillons de sorte que le public nous soutient.
The differences between those who honour labour, and those who want to destroy labour have never been greater. We are always challenged to respond to attacks and criticism – it is up to us to turn that tide, or all working people will suffer.
Les différences entre ceux qui honorent la main-d'œuvre, et ceux qui veulent la détruire n'a jamais été aussi grandes. Nous sommes toujours mis au défi de répondre aux attaques et aux critiques c'est à nous de transformer ce flot, ou toutes les personnes qui travaillent en pâtiront.
We can best do this by the combination of our words and our actions. Labour has a proud story to tell, and despite what some will argue, particularly those who ignore the fact that the economic collapse was brought about by corporate greed and not organized labour, we are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Nous pouvons mieux réussir en combinant nos paroles et nos actions. La main-d'œuvre a une fière histoire, et malgré ce que certains diront, en particulier ceux qui ignorent le fait que l'effondrement économique a été provoqué par la cupidité des entreprises et non pas le mouvement syndical, nous faisons partie de la solution, et non pas du problème.
En toute solidarité,
Ross Galbraith, Business Manager
Ross Galbraith, Gérant des affaires
IBEW Local 37 Executive Board BUSINESS MANAGER/ FINANCIAL SECRETARY Ross Galbraith
ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER (ABM) Claude Richard
PRESIDENT Stephen Hayes
ABM - STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Mary Williamson
VICE PRESIDENT Romeo Bourque TREASURER Gaëtan Chiasson RECORDING SECRETARY Peggy Galbraith
BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE Greg Wright
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS Customer Service Don St Pierre Customer Service Ted Robertson Customer Service Wanda Hierlihy Customer Service Scot Hale
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Fraternité internationale des ouvriers en électricité
Nuclear Representative Don Dickson
Generation Northern Representative David Brown Generation Southern Representative Glenn Hubbard Generation Central/ Hydro Representative Vacant Nuclear Representative Susan Dunham
Nuclear Representative Mike Gould Transmission Representative Phil Hepditch Transmission Representative Gerard Kenna
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Hazer’s Corner The wrong choice will not only affect you On April 28th, I was given the honour to say a few words at the Day of Mourning Ceremony held at the Fire Fighters Monument in Fredericton. Whenever I am speaking on the safety of workers, the phrase I always use is: “Safety Rules Are Written in Blood”. During the speech, I told the gathering that the best way to respect the fallen and injured workers is to comply with and insist fellow workers follow the safety rules and safe working practices that are in place today. This would ensure
that everyone would arrive home safe at the end of the work day. Well, while speaking I could not help but notice two young girls about 9 to 11 years old standing with their mother listening intently. The image stayed with me during the whole day. It looked to me like they had lost someone really close, and how important it was for the mother to show the girls how to remember tragic loss in such a respectful and meaningful manner. I was extremely moved by this show of respect.
Brothers and Sisters, always remember the possible consequences of choosing to take a shortcut, or ignoring to follow a safety procedure – injury or death. Those kinds of choices don’t only affect you, they affect everyone who is close to you … family, friends, and co-workers. Please be safe and don’t become a memory. God Bless Steve Hayes, President
Remembering workers killed on the job National Day of Mourning ceremonies took place in various communities throughout New Brunswick on Saturday, April 28. Each year this day is set aside to remember workers across Canada whose lives have been lost, disabled, injured or diseased because of occupational hazards in the workplace. In 2011, more than 10,500 New Brunswick workers were hurt on the job, four of them fatally. And another five died from previous years’ injuries or disease. So far in 2012, one worker has been killed on the job. Local 37's Business Manager Ross Galbraith attended in Saint John and President Steve Hayes attended in Fredericton to honour our fallen brothers and sisters, lay wreathes in their memory, and to show our union's commitment to improving safety in the workplace.
Supporters came out to take part in the National Day of Morning ceremony held at the Fire Fighters Memorial in Fredericton. – Picture: James West/The Daily Gleaner
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At the Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre in Saint John, Ross Galbraith, Business Manager of IBEW Local 37 (left), lays a wreath in memory of those who were killed on the job. – Photo: Kâté Braydon/Telegraph-Journal
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Meet Local 37 Business Representative Greg Wright
Rencontrez le représentant des affaires de la section locale 37 – Greg Wright
For people that don't know me, my name is Greg Wright and have recently joined the IBEW 37 team as a Business Representative. I previously worked with NB Power Nuclear for eight years and NB Power Generation for three years. The experience has given me the opportunity to learn many aspects of electricity generation and at the same time understand the dedicated hard work of our IBEW members.
Pour ceux qui ne me connaissent pas, je me présente Greg Wright, j'ai récemment joint l'équipe FIOE 37 en tant que représentant des affaires. Mon expérience de travail est avec Énergie nucléaire NB pour huit ans et Production Énergie NB pour trois ans. Mon expérience m'a donné l'occasion d'apprendre de nombreux aspects de la production d'électricité et, en même temps comprendre le dur travail des membres de la FIOE.
My experience with joining the IBEW Mon intégration au sein de l'équipe FIOE 37 team has been exceptional. For 37 a été exceptionnelle. Pour les gens folks that haven't visited our office qui n'ont pas visité notre bureau sur 138 on 138 Neill Street, Fredericton, I Neill Street à Fredericton, je peux vous can tell you that we have a profesdire que nous avons une équipe dédiée sional, hard working and dedicated et professionnelle. J'ai vraiment team. I really feel like I am part of a l'impression de faire partie d'une famille. family. And speaking of families, Et en parlant de famille, Melissa et moi Melissa and I have recently started a avons récemment accueilli notre fille, Local 37 Business Representative, family of our own. Our daughter, Adèle Rae Wright le 26 novembre 2011. Greg Wright with his baby girl Adele. Adele Rae Wright was born on Melissa et Adèle se portent très bien et la Le représentant des affaire de la section November 26th, 2011. Melissa and locale 37, Greg Wright et sa fille Adele. paternité est une expérience dont je Adele are doing great and fatherprofite pleinement. hood is an experience that I am truly enjoying. Dans le thème de la famille, il est assez clair que la In the theme of family, it's pretty clear that IBEW FIOE 37 est composée de ses membres et même si 37 is made up of it's members and while we may nous sommes séparés par la géographie, nous avons be separated by geography, we are all actively taktous une part active dans quelque chose de plus ing part in something bigger which is the IBEW 37 grand : la FIOE 37. Pour l'ensemble de nos frères et family. To all of our IBEW 37 brothers, sisters and sœurs FIOE 37 et les membres de leurs familles, je family members, I wish you a safe summer. vous souhaite un été sécuritaire. Regards, Greg
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Débat sur les pensions suite de la page 1 démontre que les régimes à cotisations déterminées ont été couronnés de succès pour une épargne-retraite adéquate pour les travailleurs. La section locale 37 convient que le système actuel doit être revu et amélioré pour tous ce qui explique pourquoi nous avons joué un rôle proactif dans la communication des faits avec le gouvernement, le public, et nos membres. Pension Debate continued from page 1 issues surrounding pensions. With the support of the IBEW Atlantic Utility Council, we have produced and distributed copies of “Know the Facts: Retirement Security for All” – a comprehensive booklet (available in French and English) that presents the facts, dispels the myths and makes suggestions for improvements to defined benefit pension plans. To accompany the booklet, we also have a PowerPoint template available to anyone wishing to make a presentation to MLAs, other decision makers, community or professional groups. In addition, Local 37 has partnered with other groups and unions to help form ARIA – the Alliance for Retirement Income Adequacy. ARIA provides a forum for discussion on issues like the importance of having good retirement income and the value of defined benefit plans. The ARIA website (www.ariapensions.ca) is a valuable source for credible information and discussion. Everyone needs a pension – a pension that guarantees a secure and adequate retirement benefit. And we can all have a role in improving and expanding retirement security to all workers in New Brunswick. Members of Local 37 and their families are encouraged to get involved in the discussion by speaking with elected officials, communities, friends, and neighbours. It's an opportunity to help influence the right kind of change, and your union is here to help you. Please call or email the office to get started now!
La section locale 37 a développé un certain nombre de ressources utiles pour que nous soyons plus informés, engagés et impliqués dans les questions entourant les pensions. Avec le soutien du Atlantic Utility Council de la FIOE, nous avons produit et distribué des exemplaires de « Régime de retraite à prestations déterminées ce qu'il faut savoir » un dépliant complet (disponible en français et en anglais) qui présente les faits, dissipe les mythes et fait des suggestions pour améliorer les régimes de retraite à prestations déterminées. Pour accompagner le livret, nous avons aussi un modèle PowerPoint à la disposition de toute personne souhaitant faire une présentation aux députés, aux décideurs, à la communauté ou à des groupes professionnels. De plus, la section locale 37 a établi un partenariat avec d'autres groupes et syndicats pour ainsi former l'AJRR – l'Alliance pour la justesse de revenu à la retraite. AJRR fournit un forum de discussion sur des questions comme l'importance d'avoir un revenu de retraite et la valeur des régimes à prestations définies. Le site web AJRR (www.ariapensions.ca) est une source précieuse d'informations et de discussion crédibles. Tout le monde a besoin d'une pension – une pension qui garantit une prestation de retraite sûre et adéquate. Et nous pouvons tous jouer un rôle dans l'amélioration et l'expansion de la sécurité de la retraite à tous les travailleurs du NouveauBrunswick. Les membres de la section locale 37 et leurs familles sont encouragés à s'impliquer dans le débat en parlant avec vos élus, vos collectivités, vos amis et vos voisins. C'est une occasion d'aider à influencer positivement le changement, et votre syndicat est là pour vous aider. S'il vous plaît, appelez-nous ou envoyez-nous un courriel pour commencer dès maintenant!
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Political Action: What you need to know about Bill C377
Action politique : ce que vous devez savoir au sujet du projet de loi C377
Bill C377 is an anti-union Private Members Bill intended to amend the Income Tax Act that is now before Parliament. This proposed piece of legislation duplicates processes that are already in place to provide accountability and transparency to our members, and would create an expanded, expensive and redundant bureaucracy. The costs of compliance will be extraordinary and beyond that required of any other tax entity. It would cripple Local unions by requiring them to spend member's dues money on red-tape, over and above the stringent requirements contained in their constitutions.
Le projet de loi C377 est un projet de loi antisyndicat émanant des députés visant à modifier la Loi de l'impôt sur le revenu qui est actuellement devant le Parlement. Cette pièce propose des processus duplicatas des lois qui sont déjà en place pour assurer la responsabilisation et la transparence à nos membres, et créerait une expansion de la bureaucratie coûteuse et redondante. Les coûts de la conformité seront extraordinaires et au-delà de ceux exigés par les autres entités. Cela nuira gravement aux syndicats locaux en les obligeant à dépenser les cotisations des membres sur des lourdeurs administratives, au-delà des exigences rigoureuses contenues dans leurs constitutions.
The Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (BCTD) has been coordinating efforts to educate union members and the Canadian public on the negative consequences of Bill C377 for all Unions and their members. They have created a web portal that provides further information on this proposed anti-union bill and allows all union members to send e-mails to their Members of Parliament. Local 37 members are urged to visit the web portal and participate – it takes less than three minutes. It is important that as many members as possible send letters to their MPs using the portal. It is a “numbers game” – if there are a small number of letters and e-mails sent, it will send a bad message, just as a large number of replies sends the a message that members are concerned by this anti-union private members' bill.
The Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFLCIO (BCTD) coordonne les efforts pour éduquer les membres du syndicat et le public canadien sur les conséquences négatives du projet de loi C377 pour tous les syndicats et leurs membres. Ils ont créé un portail Web qui fournit de plus amples informations sur ce projet de loi antisyndicat et permet à tous les membres du syndicat d'envoyer des courriels à leurs députés. Les membres de la section locale 37 sont invités à visiter ce portail Web et d'y participer – il faut moins de trois minutes. Il est important que beaucoup de membres envoient des lettres à leurs députés à l'aide du portail. Il s'agit d'un « jeu des nombres » s'il y a seulement un petit nombre de lettres et de courriels envoyés, cela envoie un mauvais message, tout comme un grand nombre de réponses envoie le message que les membres sont concernés par ce projet de loi antisyndicat. Fraternellement, Roméo Bourque – Président, Comité d'action politique L37
Fraternally, Romeo Bourque – Chair, L37 Political Action Committee
Romeo Bourque, Local 37 Vice-President and Chair of Political Action Committee Romeo Bourque, vice-président de la section locale 37 et président du comité d'actions politiques
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Union Density Numbers Le nombre de syndicats Predict Our Future prédit notre avenir by Phil Flemming, IBEW International Vice President – 1st District
par Phil Flemming, vice-président international FIOE – 1er District
In the labour movement we all know that organizing is the life blood and the future of working women and men across North America.
Au sein du mouvement ouvrier, nous savons tous que l'organisation est une source de vie et l'avenir des hommes et des femmes qui travaillent en Amérique du Nord.
But why is it so important that we increase our membership in the labour movement in Canada and the United States, including all international and national unions and including all of our local unions? The answer to that is simple: "Union Density.”
Mais pourquoi est-il si important que nous augmentions le nombre de membres dans le mouvement ouvrier au Canada et aux États-Unis, y compris tous les syndicats nationaux et internationaux et notamment l'ensemble de nos syndicats locaux? La réponse à cette question est simple : le nombre de syndicats.
If there’s anything most of us agree on in the labour movement, it’s our mission, objective and responsibility to increase union density in our industries. Union density is a measure of the membership of trade unions, calculated as the ratio between actual union membership and non-union workers. In Canada right now, the “union density” is around 30 percent, down from 10 years ago when is was about 38 percent.
Phil Flemming, International Vice-President (Canada) Phil Flemming, Vice-président international (Canada)
That means 70 percent of workers eligible to be members of unions in Canada are not members; 70 percent of our Canadian workforce is non-union. We all know that it is not acceptable – it can’t be if we are going to survive as a labour movement and realize still bigger and better accomplishments and successes for working women and men. All you have to do is look south of the border and see what has gone on in the United States, in many jurisdictions like Wisconsin, Michigan and others. Public sector unions are virtually being legislated out of the business of properly representing their members by right wing Republican State governments, if they have way. These 21st Century “robber barons” pass laws that are taking advantage of low union density and voter apathy in the United States to have their way with their master plan.
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La plupart d'entre nous dans le mouvement ouvrier sont d'accord que notre mission, objectif et responsabilité est d'augmenter le taux de syndicalisation dans nos industries. Le taux de syndicalisation est une mesure de l'adhésion aux syndicats, calculé comme le rapport entre les travailleurs appartenant aux syndicats et ceux non syndiqués. Actuellement au Canada, le « taux de syndicalisation » est d'environ 30 pour cent, en baisse par rapport à 2002 quand il était d'environ 38 pour cent.
Cela signifie que 70 pour cent des travailleurs admissibles à être membres de syndicats au Canada ne sont pas membres; 70 pour cent de la main-d'œuvre canadienne ne sont pas syndiqués. Nous savons tous que ce n'est pas acceptable si nous voulons survivre en tant que mouvement syndical afin de réaliser des actes encore plus grands et de meilleure qualité et succès pour le travail des femmes et des hommes. Vous avez tout simplement à regarder au sud de la frontière et pour voir ce qui s'est passé aux États-Unis dans de nombreux États comme le Wisconsin, le Michigan et autres. Les syndicats du secteur public sont pratiquement légiféré hors de leur mandat de bien représenter leurs membres par l'aile droite des gouvernements des États républicains, s'ils ont leur manière. Ces « barons voleurs » du 21e siècle adoptent des lois qui profitent des faibles taux de syndicalisation et de l'apathie des électeurs dans les ÉtatsUnis afin de réussir leurs objectifs.
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The labour movement must speak for and represent more of the workers in the industries we are involved with to effectively influence the people who make the rules and policies that regulate and dictate our methods of bargaining and organizing. As an organization and a labour movement, we must have our say in how we do business or we’re going to be out of business. When the governments at all levels know we only represent 30 percent of the workers in Canada, they think they can afford to give us lip service.
Le mouvement syndical doit être la voix et représenter plus de travailleurs dans les industries où nous sommes impliqués afin d'influer efficacement les gens qui font les règles et les politiques qui réglementent et dictent nos méthodes de négociation et d'organisation. En tant qu'organisation et mouvement syndical, nous devons avoir notre mot dans la façon dont nous exerçons nos activités ou nous allons être retirés des affaires. Lorsque les gouvernements à tous les niveaux savent que nous ne représentons que 30 pour cent des travailleurs au Canada, ils pensent qu'ils peuvent se permettre de nous faire des éloges stériles.
The labour movement must increase its organizing efforts, union density and of course, political action. The livelihood of the union membership depends on labour laws that protect worker rights. Unions need to be able to speak with authority to the politicians who pass legislation and make policy that affects the workplace, how unions organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
Le mouvement syndical doit accroître ses efforts envers l'organisation, la densité des syndicats et, bien sûr, l'action politique. Les moyens de subsistance des membres du syndicat dépendent de la législation du travail qui protège les droits des travailleurs. Les syndicats doivent être en mesure de parler avec autorité aux politiciens qui adoptent la législation et qui font des politiques qui nuisent au lieu de travail, la façon dont les syndicats s'organisent et négocient des conventions collectives.
Unions need to influence lawmakers that may otherwise consider regressive legislation that will ultimately affect our national health care and our public utilities through deregulation and privatization, and legislation that negatively affects and damages the regulation and protection of trade certification. Every local needs to have a Political Actions Committee, or at least a member who acts as the Political Point Person.
Les syndicats ont besoin d'influencer les législateurs qui pourraient par ailleurs envisager une législation régressive qui finirait par affecter notre santé nationale et nos services publics grâce à la déréglementation et la privatisation, et une législation qui affecte et endommage négativement la réglementation et la protection de certification des métiers. Toutes les sections locales devraient avoir un comité d'actions politiques, ou au moins un membre qui agit à titre de personneressource en politique.
If we are going to stay strong, then we must work hard to elect people who will stand up for Canadian workers. You don’t have to be big to make a difference, but you have to think big to take action so we will be able to make a difference in the politics of our Country, from coast to coast to coast, for our members and their families.
Si nous voulons rester forts, nous devons travailler dur pour élire des gens qui se lèveront pour les travailleurs canadiens. Vous n'avez pas besoin d'être grand pour faire une différence, mais vous devez penser grand pour prendre des mesures afin que nous puissions faire une différence dans la vie politique de notre pays, de l'Atlantique au Pacifique à l'Arctique, pour nos membres et leurs familles.
Good Timing... While newly elected NDP Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair was on his first official visit attending the NDP Convention at the Delta Hotel in Saint John, NB, Local Union 37 was putting on a Shop Steward Course in the next conference room. Mulcair took time for a photo and some conversation with IBEW Local Union 37 Business Manager Ross Galbraith, IBEW Education Specialist Jim Watson and IBEW International Representative Brian Matheson. Jim Watson, Ross Galbraith and Brian Matheson met the Leader of the Opposition – Thomas Mulcair – when he visited New Brunswick
– from 1st District’s Coast to Coast
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The NextGen Initiative: Reaching Out to Energize the Next Generation of Electrical Workers by Kate Walsh, Strategic Coordinator IBEW NextGen Initiative, IBEW First District
The IBEW's newest program, the NextGen Initiative, is gaining momentum, as local unions get active to engage younger members and grow our union. A project started by the First District's International Vice President, Phil Flemming, NextGen is responding to the need to face a growing generation gap in leadership, and more young electrical workers going nonunion than ever before. The First District hired a generational research specialist to conduct surveys, one-on-one interviews and group discussions to gauge the attitudes and opinions of all four generations of IBEW members; feedback which is helping to shape and move the NextGen Initiative forward. Brought on in July 2011 as the Strategic Coordinator of NextGen, my task is to utilize the research and work with local unions to help move the initiative forward. In the last six months, the NextGen Initiative is progressing well as we make space for younger members at our conferences and in our local unions. At the 2011 All Canada Progress Meeting, a NextGen Caucus was held where members shared thoughts on what they wanted to see come out of the initiative, and strategies they were already utilizing. There are plans to hold a NextGen Caucus at this year's ACPM with hopes of increased participation from local unions across all sectors of the IBEW.
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For the first time ever, our 38th International Convention made a space for young, non-elected delegates to attend. RENEW (Reach Out and Energize NextGen Electrical Workers) was designed to give younger members the chance to experience the Convention as an elected delegate would, seeing firsthand the democratic basis by which our union is run. IBEW members were sent from each province and state including Local 37 member, Brother Greg Wright. Currently, we are working to develop NextGen committees in each local union across the First District to help create a space for IBEW members under the age of 35 to get involved a place where they can discuss issues relevant to them in their workplace and their community and learn more about the structures and culture of the IBEW. NextGen committees can also provide leaders with a direct link to a huge portion of their membership so they can ensure that the needs and interests of younger members are properly understood and represented. Local unions, including Local 37, are picking up the torch when it comes to getting younger members involved by including younger workers when hosting meetings, training opportunities or attending conferences and gathering input and feedback to demonstrate to members that their involvement is important.
NextGen Committees are being formed in local unions across Canada, activities of these committees include: redesigning New Member Orientation; contributing to the local union newsletter; hosting monthly social events to increase a shared sense of brotherhood; showing IBEW support at a political rally; organizing and training targeted at younger workers; working with local union leadership to develop a survey to solicit new member feedback to identify and target specific needs, concerns and interests of new members; teaming up with a local youth charity to increase local union visibility in the community and give back. Recently, the Conference Board of Canada invited the IBEW to address the Council of Industrial Relations Executives to present our work on the NextGen Initiative. The focus of their meeting was dealing with generational differences in the workplace, an issue employers and unions alike are facing. Here, the IBEW was positioned as a leader amongst major Canadian companies, on how to address and positively engage the younger workforce. While the NextGen Initiative is making progress, there remains unlimited opportunity for member involvement and engagement. Your union dues are like a gym membership you only get out of it what you put into it. The IBEW is your union and your participation is key to our success.
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IBEW members selected for the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference The Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference is a very prestigious leadership conference. It is held every four years, and a maximum of 230 up and coming Canadian leaders are selected for it (thousands apply – a short list of applicants are selected for interviews, a small subset of those interviewed are selected for the conference). The conference is two weeks, and the participants are divided into groups that visit the various regions of Canada, exploring the theme of the conference. They then prepare a report that they deliver at the conference closing. The theme this year is "Leadership and Sustainable Communities" and the following are three IBEW members that were selected and are honoured to go to this conference:
Mary Williamson – IBEW Local Union 37, Assistant Business Manager. Home City: Douglas, NB. Study Group: Quebec I: Montreal. Mary is an Assistant Business Manager with lBEW Local Union 37 where she is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that are in line with the union's strategic plan. Mary also has 10 years experience working in communications and public relations for the forest industry as well as a degree in Forestry and Environmental Management. Karen Porter – Member, IBEW. Home City: Victoria, British Columbia. Study Group: Alberta. The labour movement is a passion for Karen. She has served as an execu-
tive member of her union, an executive member and treasurer of Labour Councils, a board member of an electrical training school owned by her union, and a union councilor. Robert Scott Burke – Training Supervisor, NAV CANADA. Home City: Cornwall, Ontario. Study Group: BC. Originally from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Scott started working for Transport Canada in Winnipeg as an Electronic System Technologist. He continued his career with NAV Canada in Cornwall first as an Electronic Systems Instructor and then as a Training Supervisor. Scott has been involved with several professional committees and negotiating teams for his Union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2228. – from 1st District’s Coast to Coast
A life changing experience Last September, I was contacted by IBEW Local 37's Business Manager, Ross Galbraith and offered an opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual “Next Up Young Workers Conference” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was also asked to introduce one of the keynote speakers at the conference, AFL-CIO (The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), Liz Schuler. I was honoured to be chosen to introduce and meet Ms. Schuler, especially after reading her biography and learning about her progress within the union movement. Also, this opportunity allowed me to put my newly learned presentation skills from the Christopher Leadership course in Public Speaking to good use.
Therefore, on Sept 28, 2011, I was off to the City of Lakes to attend the four day conference. I had no real idea what to expect and what I would be learning. On the first day, I participated in preparing backpacks for local schools in a community service project organized by Tubman, a local non-profit organization. Also, later that day, I introduced Liz Schuler, keynote speaker, with over 800 people in attendance that was streamed live on the conference's webpage. One of the key messages I received from the summit was the importance of young workers involvement in the union along with strategies to encourage participation. – continued on page 13
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“It helped me break out of my shell” freely. You have the opportunity to listen to others and build confidence. I felt extremely good about myself and more at ease the more I attended the courses. I wanted to write a few words to let the members of Local 37 know about the Dale Carnegie Course that I took with the help of the IBEW/NB Power Training Trust. When I was first approached about the course, I was a little nervous at first as I had heard there was a lot of public speaking, and I was a bit nervous not knowing what it was all about.
I would certainly recommend to anyone that is interested in taking the Dale Carnegie Course, to give a 100%, do all the readings, all the homework required, and you will see great results at the end of the course. It certainly helped me break out of my shell. I feel good about myself, and I learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to do.
The Instructor was very good as he worked with students and to help build the confidence that's needed to complete the course. I will not lie, there is a lot of homework required with this course, including a lot of reading at night as well as some exercises to do. The course is extremely good in the way that it gets you out of your shell and helps you to stand up in front of the others and speak
I received financial support to take this course through the Training Trust which has a funding program available to eligible members of Local 37 who are interested in. To find out more, please contact Annette Perry at the Union Office. Wanda Hierlihy Local 37 Member
A note of thanks… I would like to thank the Training Trust Fund's Tuition Reimbursement Program for the help I received when I was looking to do some personal development with a course called Six Advisors. The course used the Hartman Value Profile to help provide students with insights that lead to greater use of personal talents, better decision-making and improved team work . The Hartman Value Profile helps you recognize weaknesses and strengths and for me, helped improve some of the areas that needed strengthening. I would again like to thank the TTF for the support and let everyone know how much I appreciated it. And it's good to know Local 37 and NB Power really do support their members. More people should be taking advantage of this program. Alan Young PLT, Grand Falls
21st Annual 2012 I.B.E.W. Texas Scramble Golf Tournament Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Rockwood Park Golf Course In Saint John, NB Starting tee off times will be at 10:00 am. Note: a shot gun start will be used if there are more than 120 golfers and the starting tee time would then be decided at a later date. There is no rain date, tournament goes rain or shine. Four (4) person team or individual entries will be accepted on a first come basis. During the golf tournament, prizes and/or trophies will be awarded or drawn for. Remember this tournament is designed to be a fun event and to meet I.B.E.W. members from other locals. An entry fee of $240.00/team or $60.00/person must be received by Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the following address: Josh MacGregor, 42 Noel Ave, Saint John, NB E2K 4M2. Please make all cheques payable to: 2012 I.B.E.W. Golf tournament. For further information contact: Josh MacGregor, IBEW Local 1888 at (506) 343-4402 or E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fredericton student named winner of Skills Work! for Women contest Karley Wiggins, a Fredericton High School student, is the winner of the Skills Work! for Women contest to rename ongoing networking dinners that introduce high school girls to female mentors who work in skilled trades and technologies. "I am happy to congratulate Karley Wiggins,” said Energy Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney, who is also minister responsible for the status of women. "Karley came up with the new name, Trades & Tech Gala for Girls, and she has won an iPad that will be presented to her at the next dinner."
Karley was among more than 50 students who entered submissions. "Thank you to all of the creative high school students who participated," said Blaney. "I hope that with its new name, this initiative can draw in even more young women and inspire them to explore skilled trades and technologies as a future career path." The dinners, first held in Saint John in 2009, were previously called Skills Work! for Women. They are intended to help girls in high school explore all of their options before making career decisions. They are sponsored by Irving Oil; NB Power; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 37; Women in Nuclear, New Brunswick chapter; the Women's Issues Branch; Skills Canada – New Brunswick; and Enterprise Saint John. – Karen Scott, communications, Status of Women, Government of New Brunswick IBEW member and Chemical Technologist at Point Lepreau, Krista Galbraith, speaks with students during a Skills Work! mentoring session.
A life changing experience – continued from page 11
In the breakout session I attended entitled: “Building a Cross Generational Labour Movement”, we discussed the need to modernize the labour movement through the knowledge and exchange of ideas between the generations.
Also, I obtained many new ideas from “How to start and maintain a successful young workers group” which I believe will be very helpful in the changing times of our organization. Another session gave ideas on how to talk to non-union audiences about building union and labour consciousness. This has been a life changing experience and I made numerous contacts and lasting friendships all over the world. I would like to thank the IBEW for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to seeing how my learning will improve our Next Gen committee. Melissa LaRose IBEW Member – Shop Steward
Local 37 member and Shop Steward, Melissa LaRose with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler at the 2011 Next-Up Youth Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Local 37 in the
Local 37 Executive Board Member, Ted Robertson, serves up a winner for Sussex BY DAVID KELLYKINGS COUNTY RECORD APRIL 2012
Ted Robertson, Executive Board Member and NB Power Lead Lineman
Two years ago, a group of Sussex residents began to revitalize tennis in their town and they're now being commended on a national level for their efforts.
Out of the blue, an email showed up in Ted Robertson's inbox. In that email, Robertson, Tennis Canada's Building Tennis Communities champion for Dairytown, learned Sussex had been named the Tennis Friendly Community of the Year for 2011. “I was overwhelmed,” he said. “It makes you feel good.” To help get the re-build going, Robertson and company entered Tennis Canada's Building Tennis Communities program. It was Robertson who sought to register the town for the program, so he was named the champion for the cause. He said it was the committee's work that made the difference though. “I've got a great support group behind me,” said Robertson, the president of the Sussex Tennis Association. The members of the association are Vice-president Alan deWinter, Treasurer Leda Kuin, Recording Secretary Becky Titus, Programming Coordinator Jane Boyle, Equipment Manager Brad Bettle, Junior Development Manager Sharon Moore and Website Manager Raya Khedheri. Building Tennis Communities awards are given annually to individuals and communities who have gone above and beyond in the growth and promotion of tennis in their community. Sussex earned the honour based on their delivery of high-quality, accessible tennis programming, the strong partnership formed with area schools and the recreation department, and the variety of programs offered for all ages and skill levels.
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“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and admiration for the ongoing commitment and dedication you and your team have shown this past year, and the results you have achieved,” Richard Crowell of Tennis Canada said in a letter to Robertson and the other committee members. As a young boy in Sussex, Robertson remembers playing tennis in O'Connell Park and at that time, he said, there was a real interest in the game. After watching the interest and activity level at the tennis courts fade, Robertson was keen to resuscitate the racquet sport he loves. Whether it was taking equipment to a number of local elementary schools, hosting special nights for women or families or summer tennis camps, there was a commitment from the committee to do whatever they could to expose tennis to the masses. In the winter, there are even tennis nights offered in a local school gym. Robertson said people came out to play, and not just those who used the new tennis courts in Sussex during the summer, there were new faces as well. “This was a great program to get into,” Robertson said of the way Building Tennis Communities helped their mission. And the growth doesn't appear to be slowing. With an improved summer program, a new outdoor building is in the works that will house storage and washroom facilities. The plan for a second phase of improvements is to add lighting for night tennis. Before that, however, Robertson said the public will get a taste of what the award-winning program looks like in Sussex in June. The association will be co-hosting an event with Canadian Tire at Gateway Mall June 2. There will be a section of the parking lot roped off to make temporary courts where anyone will be allowed to pick up a racquet and join in the fun.
Claude Boucher Claude Boucher is a member of Local 37 and a meter reader changer from the NB Power Moncton office and has been involved in one way or another with the Cadet program for most of his life. After he left the youth program as a cadet, he got re-involved as an adult volunteer from 1981–1986, and then again in 1999 when his daughter joined. Several years ago when a vacancy occurred with 763 Bouctouche Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron where he served, he was approached to take over as Commanding Officer (CO). This year the squadron boasts of 42 cadets and parades on Tuesday nights at the Centre Communautaire de Ste-Marie de Kent. “This is a program I believe in as I enjoy helping the kids.” Through his leadership, the Bouctouche cadets recently attended the National Biathlon Competition in Charlo, NB. Biathlon combines the skills of cross country skiing and marksmanship. It demands endurance and precision. As CO, Claude oversees the safety, supervision, administration and training of cadets in his squadron and leads a team of Cadet Instructor Cadre Officers to deliver a successful cadet training program. His post demands dedication, organizing and communication skills, and enthusiasm to young people and his community. The Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada developed for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Canadian Forces. For more information about this youth program visit: www.cadets.ca When asked what his future expectations are for his involvement with the cadet movement, he said “I would to remain with cadets for as long as I can either as CO or an officer”.
IBEW Local 37 Run For the Cure Team
Get a jump on helping others Did you know that the Local 37 Health, Wellness and Benefits Committee has a unique funding program in place that is available to help teams of IBEW members participate in charitable fundraising events related to health and wellness? Eligible fundraising events must involve physical activity on the part of participants. Over the years, this program has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for local charities like the Relay for Life, Run for the Cure, St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, and Shinerama while promoting camaraderie among members and visibility of Local 37. Members are encouraged to make good use of this fund by finding an eligible event, getting a team together, and making a difference! The level of funding for available for eligible events is modest and depends on the needs identified in the application process. Eligible costs may include event registration fees, purchase of items for the team (hats, water bottles, flashlights, etc.), and any other activities associated with the event. In addition, all team members will receive IBEW T-Shirts! Interested teams can simply fill out an application form that lets you describe the event and the costs associated with it. In order to awarded funding, the following criteria must be met: – Event must be sponsored by a non-profit agency or group – Event must be related to health and wellness – Event must involve physical activity on the part of the participants – Majority of the participants on the team must be IBEW members – Team must represent itself as being sponsored by the IBEW If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply for funding, visit the Local 37 website or call the office directly.
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IBEW Local 37 Members Dale McFarlane
Local 37 member Dale McFarlane, NB Power employee – Utility Worker, Milltown, NB
– November 1961 - December 2011
The death of Dale Robert McFarlane of Rolling Dam, NB, occurred unexpectedly on December 5, 2011 at the Charlotte County Hospital. Dale was born at the Charlotte County Hospital on November 22, 1961. He was the son of the late James Wilfred (Bill) and Dorothy Avis (Jackson) McFarlane. He is survived by Sheleen Brown, the love of his life; four sons, David McFarlane (Heather) of Pennfield, NB, Connor Way McFarlane of Moores Mills, NB, Ryan Brown of Rolling Dam, NB, Tyler Way of Saint John, NB; two daughters, Jessica McFarlane of St. Stephen, NB, and Raeleen Brown of Rolling Dam, NB; four granddaughters, Makenzie, Mariah, Aurora, and Kennedy; one brother, Gary Wilfred McFarlane of Melville, SK; one sister, Susan Embleton of Rolling Dam, NB; nephew, Jason Embleton; nieces, Jackie and Jenny Embleton.
Amy Williams, September 1977
– May 2012
Amy Leanne Williams of Rothesay went to be with her Lord on May 18, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Saint John September of 1977, she was the beloved daughter of Peter and Donna (Lawrence) Williams of Saint John. Besides her parents she is survived by her brother, Troy Williams of Indianapolis, Indiana; aunts and uncles Sandra Breau (Bert) of Douglas, Deryck Williams of Keswick, Sonja Breau (Joey), Sally Hovey (Lance) both of Fredericton, Pam Dean (Don) of Lower Queensbury, Harold Lawrence (Ardith) of Keswick Ridge, Mary Hachey (John) of Homestead, Fl., Joyce Lawrence and George Lawrence both of Keswick Ridge; several cousins and many many friends. Amy was predeceased by her aunt Jean MacLean, cousins Sharon Lawrence and Matthew Allen. She was a graduate of KV High School class of 1995 and a graduate of NBCC Business Technology class of 1997. Amy worked for Irving Oil and most recently with Document Control at Point LePreau Generating Station. She attended Living Faith Center Church in Rothesay. She had many interests including family, exercising, modelling and travelling. Amy was an amazing daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend and so loved by all who knew her.
Doug Wallace, March 1948
Local 37 Member, Doug Wallace (left) – Retired NB Power employee
Local 37 member Amy Williams – NB Power employee – ASR III at PLGS.
– February 2012
Douglas E Wallace passed away peacefully in the company of his family on Monday, February 6th, 2012. Doug fought bravely and kept a positive attitude through his eight month battle with cancer. He was born in Chipman, NB, on March 26, 1948 to the late John and Irene (Bustard) Wallace. Doug is survived by his daughters Tracey, Katherine (Bill Cleveland), Kelley (Jerry Watson); and their mom Claudia Simmonds all of Grand Bay-Westfield, NB; grandchildren Luke, Natalie, Riley and "baby on the way"; his companion Kathryn Bawn. Doug worked for NB Power for 38 years at Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, belonging to I.B.E.W. Local 37. He was an Executive Board Member, Chief Shop Steward and Safety Response Team trained. Doug was a champion for the "underdog" and took his duties with the Union very serious. "Trapper" or "Deets" as he was sometimes known as at the Plant, was a great friend to his co-workers. His entire family, extended family and friends will miss him greatly.
Doug began as a member of IBEW Local 2309 in 1980 working at the Pt Lepreau Generating Station as a power plant operator. He served as Shop Steward for many years. When the local amalgamated with Local 1733 to form IBEW Local 37 in 2000, Doug was asked to adopt the role of Chief Shop Steward at Pt Lepreau, a position he occupied until his retirement in September 2011, and was named a Senior Steward in – IBEW Local 37 Retirees 2009. He sat on the Local 37 Executive Board as a Nuclear Representative for two terms, and represented Local 37 at Douglas Robichaud – Coleson Cove – September 7, 2011 two International conventions. He was also a long time memGordon “Bud” Anthony Leblanc – Pt. Lepreau – September 17, 2011 ber of the Training Trust Fund committee, serving both on the Murray (Pat) Patterson – Coleson Cove – September 17, 2011 committee and as Chair of the Finance sub-committee. Alibé Doiron, PLT – Construction and Maintenance – October 4, 2011 Throughout his many years with Local 37 he also served on Adelard Basque – Bouctouche District – October 6, 2011 various committees: Local 37 bylaw, Joint Action Committee Theresa Henry – Energy Control Centre – October 19, 2011 (JAC) for PLGS, PLGS Labour/Management, Nuclear Kenneth Hill – Pt. Lepreau – November 7, 2011 Negotiating team, and PLGS Joint Health and Safety. In all of Douglas Wallace – Pt Lepreau – February 6, 2012 his union dealings Doug acted with a professionalism and Laurie Richard – Miramichi – March 21, 2012 dedication that made us proud to have him represent the union Brian Gordon Hitchcock – Head Office – March 27, 2012 brothers and sisters of Local 37.
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IBEW 1st District Scholarships awarded Local 37 is very pleased to announce that two of its membersâ€™ children have each been awarded one of five IBEW 1st District National Scholarships. In order to be entered in the random draw, applicants were required to submit an essay about the benefits of belonging to the IBEW.
Insurance Meloche Monnex, and MWG Apparel. They are made available to all Canadian IBEW members and their families who are enrolled in full or part-time studies. We wish Mark and Natalie all the best and continued success!
Winner Mark Garland, son of Local 37 member Bob Garland (Senior Engineer with NB Power Transmission), is graduating from Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton and will be attending the University of New Brunswick in the fall to take Mechanical Engineering. Winner Nathalie Robert, daughter of Local 37 member Maurice Robert (Supply Maintenance at Point Lepreau), is studying at the University of Waterloo in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Honours Cooperative program â€“ Kinesiology. The annual $1000 scholarships are made possible by the IBEW 1st District, Union Savings, AIL, TD
Mark Garland, son of L37 member, Bob Garland
Nathalie Robert, daughter of L37 member, Maurice Robert
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Your Executive Board at work – pictured from left to right: Sue Dunham (Nuclear), Scot Hale (DISCO), Gaëtan Chiasson (Treasurer), Don Dickson (Nuclear) and Mike Gould (Nuclear).
Local 37 delegates at the IBEW International Convention in Vancouver – front to back: Don Dickson, Wanda Hierlihy and Annette Perry
Unit 1 Chair, Ryan MacKenney (left) and Business Manager, Ross Galbraith (right) welcome new member, Patti Wiggins
Local 37 President Steve Hayes swears in new member Lisa Dobbin at a recent meeting of the Fredericton unit.
At the 38th International Convention, Law Committee Chairman John O'Rourke, Business Manager of San Francisco's Local 6 (left), IBEW President, Ed Hill (centre), and Law Committee Secretary Ross Galbraith (right).
Everett Logan is the winner of the apprentice (training crew) pole climbing event at this year's NB Power Lineman Rodeo held on June 8. Pictured left to right, Gaetan Thomas (NB Power President and CEO) Everett's grandmother and Everett Logan.
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IBEW Hockey Champs! Pictured is the winning team of the recent IBEW / Nova Scotia Power Annual hockey tournament held in Halifax, NS. This was the first year that the Installation & Repair (I&R) division of Emera Utility Services (EUS) has entered its own team and the 3rd year that EUS has had a team in the annual tournament. EUS has now won the tournament 3 years in a row! The I&R team went undefeated in the 16-team event beating the other EUS team in a close, hard fought final 4-2. The Championship team had Local 37 members from Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton. – Submitted by Darcy McKim, Local 37 Member, I&R Technician EUS
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Unit Chairperson for Bathurst/Miramichi/Tracadie and Executive Board rep for NB Power's DISCO, North Wanda Hierlihy swears in new member Yvon Savoie – apprentice PLT in Bathurst, at a recent unit meeting. This unit meets bimonthly, alternating its location. Call Wanda at 546-7007 for details.
Unit Chair Jim Melvin (Rothesay) modeling the new FR clothing.
Ross met with MP John Williamson (Conservative MP for New Brunswick Southwest) to talk about issues of concern. Presented a hard hat and invited him to visit Local 37 workplaces in NB.
Dan Carter Local 37 member and Installation and Repair Technician with Emera Utility Services – Photo: Tamara Hendricks
Business Manager, Ross Galbraith, leading a discussion at the Shop Steward Training Course held in April.
Assistant Business Manager Claude Richard congratulates Brenda Steeves on her retirement from NB Power. Brenda was an ASR III/IV at the Sussex office.
Eight elected members of Local 37 represented our union at the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver last September. From left, Romeo Bourque, Don Dickson, Annette Perry, Ross Galbraith, First District International Vice President Phil Flemming, Steve Hayes, Wanda Hierlihy, Gaëtan Chiasson and Sue Dunham. To view more pictures from the convention, click on the "flickr" link from our website.
Local 37 Vice President, Romeo Bourque (left) swearing in two new members of IBEW Local 37 – Joe Freeze (centre) and Scott Power (right).
NB Power Lineman Rodeo competitor Kevin Page (Moncton)
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Your union – Your meetings
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Local 37 has nine Regional Units that regularly meet either monthly or bimonthly. All members are encouraged and welcome to attend any meeting! They are for members and provide an opportunity to meet with union officials, find out what's happening within the local, and to try and resolve any issues in an effort to make things better. Below is a listing of the Unit Chairs and a schedule of upcoming meetings. For specific dates, please call the office or check online at www.ibew37.com. Think about attending – your voice matters! UNIT
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Monthly: 4th Wednesday, 5:15 – Local 37 Union Hall
Bimonthly: 3rd Wednesday, 7:30 – Fort Howe Howard Johnson
Monthly: 4th Tuesday, 7:30/4:15 – Fort Howe Howard Johnson / Fundy Seniors Hall
Bimonthly: 3rd Monday, 7:30 – IP Club
Monthly: 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 – Bathurst/Miramichi/Tracadie
Bimonthly: 1st Wednesday, 7:00 – Carmen's Diner
Monthly: 1st Tuesday, 7:30 – Lion's Senior Centre
Bimonthly: 3rd Monday 4:15 – Construction Bldg 2
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Bimonthly: 3rd Wednesday, 7:30 – Pres du Lac Hotel
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A monument at the Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre in Rockwood Park in Saint John to commemorate the Day of Mourning.