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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2019

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Canadian News Illecillewaet portion of that work is already underway,” Towsley said. “We’ve been awarded the Pattullo Bridge replacement which should start early 2020, and then the Broadway Subway line would be after that and we’ve already been awarded that. Those are the three projects currently covered by the community,” he said. Towsley said he expects projects covered by a CBA will be finished on time and under budget. “When you look at projects built under a similar model to the CBAs -- those constructed under the Allied Hydro Council Collective Agreement, the projects that were built under a project labour agreement through HCL back in the late nineties -- were on time and on budget,” Towsley said. “This works when you have this type of focus and this type of attention and the terms of this type of agreement,” he said. Funding for training to keep making a difference While the demand for skilled labour grows, so does the need for more training to meet it, and Local 115’s Training Administrator Jeff Gorham said he welcomes the result of Canada’s recent federal election which saw the Liberals returned to government. The Union Training Innovation Program (UTIP) was announced in the Liberal government’s 2016 federal budget to boost the number of Red Seal trades across Canada by improving the quality of training and equipment, supporting innovative approaches and partnerships, and reducing barriers for women and Indigenous people entering the industry. Gorham said UTIP can continue to play its part creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce. “Women, First Nations, new immigrants, people with disabilities – we understand there’s a shortage of tradespeople (and) we need to look outside the traditional market in regard to who works in the trades,” Gorham said. “How do we engage with those groups to bring them into the trades? That’s where a lot of UTIP funding is based on,” he said. Getting ready for 2020 Business Manager Brian Cochrane said that with the new executive board sworn in, IUOE Local 115 is confident it will face the challenges that lie ahead in BC. “It was both an honour and a privilege to have IUOE General President James T. Callahan fly up to Vancouver to perform the Installation of Officers Ceremony. This was the first time in Local 115’s history when the Board has been installed by the General President. It was a proud day for our Board and our members,” Cochrane said. “We’ve achieved a lot of success so far in 2019, but we can’t be complacent. The work we’ve done so far is setting the tone for what we will achieve in 2020.” [below] General President James T. Callahan (5th from left) was honored to join Business Manager and International Trustee Brian Cochrane (4th from right) and the Local 115 Execuitive Board to perform the Installation of Officers Ceremony. [article & photos] IUOE Local 115 During the holiday season, kids expect toys. Lots and lots of toys. At Labor 411, we’re not …er…playing around when we say that the best toys and games are those made by ethical companies who treat their employees fairly. The list below has some tried and true suggestions and, for more options, be sure to check out Gifts for the Kids Hasbro Toys Monopoly Sorry Pictionary Scrabble Battleship Candyland Cranium Wilson Sporting Goods Gifts for the Kids LOS ANGELES | SAN FRANCISCO | WASHINGTON, D.C. | PHILADELPHIA | NEW YORK For dozens more options, visit LABOR411.ORG 24 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER FALL 2019 25

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