2022 Dues Increase

Please be advised that under the direction of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the monthly Union Dues for Construction Sector Operations will increase to $53.35 effective Feb 1st, 2022. Lodge 359 has received approval from the IBB for a waiver allowing the Field Dues to remain at their current level for 2022.

The Industrial Sector Operations monthly dues has also increased and is determined by wage rates at each individual shop, and in accordance with the Lodge 359 Bylaws.

If you require further information please contact us at the Union’s General Offices at 778.369.3590.

December 2021 Newsletter

Important Notice

We are looking for volunteers that may have a room, an RV, etc.., available to assist our Brothers and Sisters that are now getting laid off from jobs on Vancouver Island, Quesnel, and possibly other job locations and cannot get to/from the Lower Mainland due to the road closures. If you are willing to assist and have a room or some other accommodation available on either side of the closures, please call and leave your name, number, and location at the union’s general office and we will try and place those who may require accommodation until they can find their way home.

If you are looking for accommodation while waiting for road closures to open up, please call and leave your contact info and where you are heading too, and when you may need accommodation.

We are also talking with our International to see what assistance may be available for both those trying to travel home, and for those that may have been directly affected by the flooding and slides.

General Office, 778.369.3590

Boilermakers Lodge 359 – FAQ’s & COVID-19 Statement

  • Does the Union support mandatory vaccination policies in the workplace?

No. The Union supports policies that have choice. This means alternate methods and controls that are put in place to accommodate those that are exempt from vaccination, including those that make a choice to forego vaccination for personal reasons.

All employers have a management right to introduce workplace policies, and the Union’s job is to ensure that the policies being developed and implemented do not conflict with the Collective Agreement, are reasonable in the circumstances, allow for exemption and accommodation detailed in the Humans Rights Code, and are consistent with the laws regarding privacy of personal information.

  • Is the Union getting legal advice on these mandatory policies?

Yes. The Union is assessing the legal landscape daily around mandatory vaccination policies across Canada. Who is implementing these policies, the policy content, for what reason it is being implemented and why it may be challenged through grievance or the courts. We are in daily contact with our counsel and other Unions in our same situation.

  • How many of our contractors have mandatory vaccination polices as of today?

None. As of today we do not know of any contractor that has their own mandatory vaccination policy in place. Contractors are currently being compelled to implement mandatory vaccination policies put in place by the owner/clients on work sites where they have been awarded the work.

  • Can the Union grieve mandatory vaccination policies?

Yes. We can grieve a policy that is put in place by a contractor that we have a collective agreement relationship with, and we will grieve policies that are considered unreasonable and outside of the collective agreement.

  • Can the Union grieve a policy put in place by an owner/client at a worksite where Boilermakers work?

This becomes much more difficult and we are continually discussing our options with counsel. We can possibly grieve our contractor that is adhering to a site policy which we don’t accept as being reasonable in the circumstances. In doing so the Union must always assess the likelihood of success, in addition to the hazards of doing this because there is always the underlying risk that the owner can award our Boilermaker work to others, and our union contractors risk of losing the work. Or, our contractors refuse the work from the owner because of being subject to grievance. We must assess these on a case by case basis and it will be dependent on the type of work, the contractors size, the availability of alternate contractors and workers in the region, or unfriendly unions willing to accept the said work, etc..

  • Some contractors are stating the site owner requires a mandatory vaccination policy, but not everyone is being treated equally. What can we do about this?

If you know that some owners are implementing site policies, but our contractors are not treating all employees equally, we need to know about it. All policies must be non-discriminatory and can be grieved if found to be otherwise.

  • What is the opinion of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Canada?

You can see the letter from IBB VP Arnie Stadnick here on the IBB Canada Website:

https://boilermaker.ca/en/ibb-statement-on-mandatory-vaccination-policies/

  • For an in-depth look at the The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, see the following link:

https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/rfc-dlc/ccrf-ccdl/check/index.html

 

Message from Lodge 359:

Most large industrial sites in BC are now developing and implementing worksite policies for mandatory vaccination to access their worksites during the pandemic. They are further being encouraged by the Provincial Medical Health Officer to do the same. The Federal and BC Provincial Governments are also mandating policies for their workforce’s.

The Union will continue to review the policies as they arise, and will continue to seek legal opinions and monitor the court and arbitration challenges as the landscape continues to evolve around us and across Canada. We will always fight for individuals that are wrongfully denied their Human Rights exemptions and accommodations.  The Union must advise our membership that at this time, remaining unvaccinated as a personal choice will almost certainly limit your ability to access many Boilermaker worksites during the pandemic. It will also affect your employment if you are currently onsite working during the implementation of these policies. If further court challenges and arbitration decisions arise that successfully challenge these policies then that may change. Where the Union and our counsel believe that we have a chance at success at challenges, we will and are pursuing them. That said, the reality is that the Union and its legal counsel do not anticipate any resolve in the short term.

If you are presently employed at a worksite that is either contemplating or implementing a mandatory vaccination policy and you will not be in compliance with their policy, our current advice is that you should not quit your employment. Let your employer determine your employment status as policies take effect. If you are terminated (dismissed/laid off) because you failed to comply with a vaccine policy, you may not be eligible for EI benefits.  If you require further information please contact us before deciding on a course of action to determine the most up to date information we have available.

We will update this FAQ as things change.

Fraternally yours,

Boilermakers Lodge 359

Christmas Membership Meeting (CANCELLATION)

The Lodge 359 Annual Christmas Meeting and Dinner to be held at the Cascades Casino on Dec 1, 2021 has been cancelled.

There has been concerns raised that due to the ongoing Covid-19 Public Health Orders regarding mandatory vaccination at these events, that this will limit members from attending.

Christmas Membership Meeting

The December 1, 2021 Christmas Membership Meeting will be held at the Cascades Casino on
Fraser Highway in Langley. You will be required to show your vaccination passport as per the
rules of the venue and the public health regulations. If this changes closer to the time of the meeting we will
inform the members accordingly. Please call the General Office at 778.369.3590 to register your
attendance.

Guest room accommodation bookings are available up to November 1, 2021. There are 20 rooms set aside and
bookings will be on a first come first serve basis. Room cost $135.00 single or double occupancy
Reference code for booking GF8940. For reservations please call 604.530.1500.

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Message From Interior Health Regarding Steve Hawker’s Funeral Service

To: Attendees of Funeral at Kamloops Alliance Church July 16 at 2pm

From: IH Communicable Disease Unit

RE: Low Risk Contact with Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Case (COVID-19)

This letter is to advise you that a confirmed case of COVID-19 attended a funeral at Kamloops Alliance Church on July 16 at 2pm. Interior Health will follow up directly with those who are identified as close contacts. The Medical Health Officer (MHO) has recommended all those who attended the funeral at Kamloops Alliance Church on July 16 at 2pm must closely self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days until midnight July 30.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your nearest testing site for an appointment to assess for COVID-19.

Please indicate that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Interior Health is continuing to monitor the situation and will implement additional public health measures as needed.

For the latest updates and information about COVID-19 in B.C. visit BC Centre for Disease Control. BCCDC website –  http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Please use the following links below for information related to home isolation and up to date information about COVID-19:

Signs and Symptoms to monitor for http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/symptoms

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool https://bc.thrive.health/

If you are sick http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/if-you-are-sick

Interior Health website – https://news.interiorhealth.ca/covid-19/

Sincerely,
Interior Health Communicable Disease Unit

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