Boilermakers Support Local BMX Racer

Boilermakers Lodge 359 along with the Canadian International have sponsored local British Colombia BMX Racer Adicus Bird.

The Comox Valley newspaper has written a article about this talented young lady, the story can be read by clicking here.

Lodge 359 Staff

January 2017 Newsletter

Helping Out The Luyt Family

On December 31st, 2016 I was in contact with my neighbours the Gotro family in Kamloops who had lost their 12 year old Grandson in November of 2016. Kai Gotro was a special needs child who passed away at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. From my understanding, Jean Gotro was somehow in contact with the Luyt family in Mission. The Luyt’s have a 2 1/2 year old daughter named Leila who is also special needs. The Gotro family donated their medical bed to the Luyt family but were facing a few obstacles in getting the bed to Mission from Kamloops. Some local cartage outfits were called to price out a delivery and the least expensive was approximately $800.00. I contacted Jim Wymer and discussed this situation which was followed by Jim’s usual reply, “set everything up with the families, I’ll find a trailer to fit the job”. The Gotro family was concerned about the care of this $7500 bed, stating that it has 2 electric motors to work the raising/tilting functions, and they wanted to make sure that the bed would not be out in the elements.  Jim sourced out an enclosed trailer from his ice racing friends, who gladly donated the use of the trailer for this cause.

We then reached out on Boilermaker social media sites looking for some volunteer manpower to help out loading and unloading the trailer, and it wasn’t long before we had enough Boilermakers willing to help. From Kamloops, we had Brothers Shawn Rohatyn, Jim Wymer, my 2 son’s Cale Giese (UA 170 Steamfitter Apprentice) and Andrew Giese (Electrician). From the Mission/Abbotsford area, Brothers Craig Dunnett, Mark Buss and Sat Chatta.

Next was a phone called to Gord Weel to see if we could store the trailer in the 359 shop until we could deliver the bed, and with no questions asked the trailer had a temporary home overnight. The bed was now set to be delivered the day after the January regular monthly Union meeting. The delivery in Mission was a little trickier than the loading in Kamloops due to the amount of stairs that had to be maneuvered, but we managed to get the job done without scuffing any walls…lol. It’s always nice to help out in communities where families are in need and all who contributed were happy to do so. A special thank you goes out to all involved in assisting the Luyt family in securing this bed for their daughter.



Sincerely and fraternally,

J’onn Giese

Boilermakers Lodge 359 Sponsorship

The Langley Lightning Girls Atom C Hockey Team would like to thank the Boilermakers Union and their members for the generous donation of $500.00 to the league this year.

The money donated paid for practice jersey’s for each girl, displaying Boilermakers Lodge 359 on the their backs.

The donation also supported the team’s attendance to the “Angel’s on Ice” Winter Tournament.

The team is very appreciative and wear their jersey’s proudly.


Information Regarding Jurisdictional Disputes

 As we are all aware there have been times while working on a specific job site for a signatory contractor when it has been discovered that work in which appears to belong to the jurisdiction of the Boilermakers is being performed by another trade. We have all heard of this scenario or witnessed this ourselves and all thought that something needs to be done to address the situation.

Contained in Article 6.00 of both the CLRA and BCA Standard Provincial Agreements are the processes in which assignments of work are awarded, as well as how adjudication of disputes regarding improper assignments of work are handled.

This process has been utilized many times in the past and has had great success with ensuring our trade boundaries are protected and adhered to. However, there have been instances in which aspects of this Article have not been complied with or simply ignored and the start of a jurisdictional dispute is then created.

In British Columbia since 1978 The Jurisdictional Assignment Plan of the British Columbia Construction Industry or JAPlan has been the forum utilized by the trades for adjudication of jurisdictional disputes. Where there is a disagreement between two or more unions relating to a contractor’s assignment of specific work, application can be made to the JAPlan for a determination as to the appropriate work assignment.

In brief, the intent of creating the JAPlan was to ensure that there was a mechanism to address disputes over work assignments without strikes and work stoppages on the job site, and to eliminate the unnecessary delays and expenses that can occur from such disputes.

Maintenance disputes however are not adjudicated using the JAPlan. For issues that arise regarding jurisdictional disputes in maintenance, the only course of action that can properly address the concern is the grievance procedure outlined in our collective agreements, which unfortunately can take a long time and most certainly the work which was in dispute has most likely been completed.

Something we all need to be mindful of when it comes to a dispute regarding our jurisdiction is how we conduct ourselves on the job while waiting for a decision. It can be very easy to become consumed with the thought of simply taking the work back through whatever means possible, or slowing or impeding parts of our other work until we are satisfied that our concerns are being addressed. Unfortunately taking actions such as these creates further barriers and difficulties with our clients who ultimately pay the price.

It is imperative that we respect the processes which are in place to ensure that we don’t create an even bigger issue than the jurisdictional dispute and to show our clients that we are worth hiring every step of the way. In other words, we need to continue working as though nothing has happened and let the process take it’s course.

Actions to Take When Confronted With a Possible Dispute Over Jurisdiction:

    • Talk to your Job Steward and identify the work that is considered in dispute. (often there are mark-up documents that can address certain concerns)
    • Contact the Union to ensure the administration is aware so that if required, an application can be filled out to the JAPlan to request a hearing. Timing is crucial as an Umpire will not hear matters regarding work that has been completed. (on occasion certain disputes may be remedied through a phone call)
    • Be patient. It can sometimes feel as though nothing is happening or materializing fast enough. There is a lot going on behind the scenes to have disputes heard and hopefully awarded in our favor.

Ensuring Trade boundaries are respected has always been somewhat of a struggle but nonetheless is one of the most important aspects that must be undertaken to ensure future employment opportunities for Boilermakers.

Apprenticeship and Trade Advancement

The Boilermakers annual Christmas meeting was held December 7th at the Cascades Casino in Langley. During the meeting the second annual Cody Brothers Bursary award of $400 was presented to Kyle Jenkins by Brother Rick Cody on behalf of his brothers,. The award is intended to recognize an individuals commitment to the apprenticeship program.

Brothers Bill Rogers and Greg Pierce were also thanked for their service as Trustees on the Apprenticeship and Trade Advancement Committee. Brother Bill Rogers receiving a plaque and jacket at the Christmas meeting and Brother Greg Pierce receiving a plaque and jacket at the pension dinner in September.

An Aerial Boom Lift course was held October 19th with 5 members receiving certification on both Scissor Lift and Aerial Boom Lift.





A Forklift Certification course was held November 19th with 11 members receiving Forklift Certification

Probationary Journeyperson Program

Apprenticeship and Training is now overseeing the Pro-Jo program. Pro-Jo inquiries and reports can be sent Gord Weel.

Coordinators Report

The table below represents 5 levels of Apprentice training achieved as compared to the total number of work hours for each level and the number of Apprentices which fall into each catagory.

BM 01 is Foundation, BM 02 is Level 2 Upgrade, BM 03 is Level 3 Upgrade, BM 04 is Level 4 Refresher Course, BM IP is Boilermaker Inter-Provincial Red Seal.

Training Levels0-1000
Total Apprentices
BM - 01 312100034
BM - 02246441039
BM - 03313821330
BM - 040001102
BM - IP0611410637

The table below is the Apprentice training schedule for 2017.

2017 Apprenticeship Training Programs
Course TypeLocationDates
Apprentice Level 4 UpgradeJoe Kiwior/Ivan Shook Training CentreJanuary 3 to January 13
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITJanuary 9 to February 10
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeJoe Kiwior/Ivan Shook Training CentreJanuary 16 to February 17
Foundation CourseBCITFebruary 2017 to August 2017
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITFebruary 14 to March 17
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITOctober 16 to November 17

My Old WCB(*1) Injury is So Bad I Can`t Work

What do I do now?

If you have an old work-related injury that you are receiving a WCB pension for, and you are continuing to work, the pension you are getting is likely a PFI (permanent functional impairment) pension and it is meant to compensate you for the odd day here and there that you may miss due to the injury.

The WCB calls this “normal fluctuations” of the condition.

So for example if you have a 5% pension for a back injury you had some years ago, you would not go back to the WCB to seek wage loss benefits if you missed two days from work due to a minor flare-up.

If however your back gets so bad that you are off for the next 3 months, or if it gets so bad that you will never work again, this is called a “reopening.” In this case you need to see your doctor FIRST. You need to have the support of your doctor in order to get a reopening.

Your doctor should be prepared to use the magic WCB words, that there has been a “significant change” in your condition; that is, that it is something beyond the normal fluctuations to be expected, and for which you got your PFI pension.

Here’s an example:

Shirley has a 2.5% PFI pension for chronic pain in her right arm. She got modified duties at work and while she does suffer with pain and takes pain medications, she has managed to continue working for the last 4 years.

Over a few weeks however Shirley’s arm has started aching more than usual. If it is just sore for a day or two, that will not get her a reopening, but Shirley needs to keep working and her arm gets worse and worse. She goes to her family physician who says she needs to take two weeks off to rest the arm and get physiotherapy.

At the end of two weeks her arm is no better and her doctor sends in a Physician’s Progress Report saying that Shirley needs to see a specialist and asking the WCB to expedite an appointment.

(*1) Legally, it’s still the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). In 2002, sweeping changes were made to the
workers’ compensation system (see our paper: Insult to Injury), which significantly reduced benefits for
injured workers. It was at that time the WCB rebranded itself to be “WorkSafeBC”, which is a marketing
name, not a legal name. For us, “WorkSafeBC” represents the erosion of benefits for injured workers and
the name, in our opinion, puts an onus on workers to ‘work safe’ rather than on employers to provide
safe work. So for us, it remains the WCB.

At this point the WCB will need to adjudicate whether Shirley is entitled to a reopening. Hopefully, with her doctor’s support, she will get one and will receive wage loss benefits for the period of time that she is off work.

(This is a totally different situation than one where Shirley had a new injury to her already sore arm; this would be a new claim, not a reopening.)

Here’s an important point: if your pension is just for chronic pain, the WCB may often say that “pain is pain” and so it’s “just a fluctuation.” This is just plain wrong, and it is NOT their official policy. If you have pain that is bothersome but you are able to continue working, and then it eventually gets so bad that you can no longer work, that is a “significant change” and you should get a reopening. We have to argue these appeals all the time. Remember, don’t take no for an answer. If your condition has become disabling and they won’t give you a reopening, appeal it!

One other warning however: if you have a WCB condition, for example a bad back, and you do something outside of the workplace that aggravates it, like picking up your 25 lb. dog, the WCB will say that is not their responsibility. Even though you could pick up your 25 lb. dog without hurting yourself before you got injured on the job, if the activity that irritates it happens away from work, the WCB will not cover it. So be careful!

News Story Courtesy of;
Rush Crane Guenther, Barristers & Solicitors

Boilermakers Health and Welfare Plan – Important Changes Coming


January 18th, 2017

Effective February 1, 2017 your out of country / emergency travel accident insurance will be provided by Manulife through Allianz Global Assistance.  The coverage will remain the same, but in the event you have a claim, you will contact Allianz Global Assistance.  Contact phone numbers are provided below:


1-800-265-9977 CANADA/U.S.

00-1-800-514-3702 MEXICO


Dialing Prefix + 800 9221-9221 INTERNATIONAL TOLL FREE

519-741-8450 in other countries, use operator to call collect

Effective April 1st, 2017, your extended health claims (ie. all prescription drugs, vision care, ambulance and paramedical services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage) will be submitted to Manulife for reimbursement.  Bilsland Griffith will no longer pay these extended health claims but will continue to pay your eligible dental claims.

Along with the change to Manulife, which will take effect on April 1st, 2017, the Trustees of your Plan are pleased to inform you that you will be provided with a pay direct drug card.  This means that when you are purchasing your prescription drugs from a pharmacy, the pharmacist will be able to verify coverage at the till and be reimbursed directly for the portion covered by your Plan.   You will only have to pay for the difference between the covered amount and the cost of the prescription.

Sometime in mid-March, you will receive your pay direct drug card from Manulife.  This card will also have all of the contact information provided above for your out of country coverage.  Please note that all eligible members of the Plan, including retirees who are currently enrolled for coverage, will receive a pay direct drug card.

Click here to view sample Drug Card

Please ensure that the Plan Administrator – Bilsland Griffith – has your correct mailing address so that you receive your pay direct drug card from Manulife.  In addition to the card, you will receive a new Plan booklet and a pamphlet for coverage details for the out of country / emergency travel benefits.

Click here to view Travel Bulletin Brochure

Reminder:  Manulife will take over this coverage on April 1, 2017.  Any claims you have for extended health that were incurred before April 1, 2017 will continue to be paid by Bilsland Griffith and should be submitted to their office at the address provided on this notice.

There will be a newsletter issued the last week of February with additional details regarding the move to Manulife.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact the Plan Administration office at:



2017 Boilermaker Scholarship Program

The 2017 Boilermaker Scholarship notification and application form have now been posted on the Membership Services page within the “Scholarships” pull down menu.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of a member in good standing. Applications are limited to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of academic study at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of the their high school graduation.

All members with eligible children are encouraged to take advantage of this program.

Lodge 359 Staff

Farrah Fights CDG

Boilermakers working at the Fort Nelson Spectra Energy site have reached out in support of the local community to assist with a great fundraising program for a young girl with a very rare congenital disorder known as CDG (Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation). Our members have organized a number of 50/50 card draws to help assist in the fundraising efforts. Lodge 359 was also contacted to determine if there were any other measures that could be taken to continue with the fundraising efforts. As a result, at our last monthly Union meeting a motion was put forward and unanimously approved to donate $4000.00 to the FOG or Foundation Glycosylation in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Foundation Glycosylation (the FoG) supports research for the development of therapies targeting CDG, helps raise awareness of the disorder, and advocates for individuals living with these rare enzyme deficiencies. 

A letter acknowledging the donation by 359’s membership will soon be hand delivered to the parents of Farrah by the crew members.

We sincerely wish the family well.

Lodge 359 Staff

September 2016 Newsletter

33rd Consolidated Convention Report

Our members elect local lodge officers and delegates to the Consolidated Convention held every five years. For this 33rd Consolidated Convention held on July 18th to July 21st, 2016 local 359 members were able to send 7 delegates; Dave French, Jordan Streng, Gord Weel, Jim Wymer, Palmer Allan, Ken Noga and by virtue of office Business Manager Martin Nicholson.

This Convention was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where the delegates set forth the rules and policies for the next 5 years, which is both a serious responsibility and a privilege.

Our first day started with a speech from International President Newton Jones on 3 gigantic screens that projected video footage and images of boilermakers at work comparing music to the boilermaker craft like a musician, the work, practice, sacrifice and dedication of a boilermaker often goes unseen”. This was followed by guest speakers which included topics about the United Mine Workers to the plight of the working class in a nation where unions are under attack, the middle class is shrinking and the divide between the ultra-rich and everyone else continues to grow. Retired U.S. navy seal Marcus Luttrell, the author of “Lone Survivor” the basis for the 2013 movie comparing the battle field to everyday life, reminding the delegates that “anything is possible if you just work hard at it”. Then we were given the officers report along with other documents to include a program of sessions and events, a directory of committees, a book of resolutions and supplemental reports that would be prepared during the convention as needed. All in all a very overwhelming experience for well over half of the delegates being their first time by show of hands. In the afternoon we held the first election for IP, won by Newton Jones with 87% of the vote to defeat Local 83 member Darryl Manroe. In the 3 other contested elections, International Secretary-Treasurer William Creeden received 86% of the vote to defeat local 104 Business manager Brian Opland, International Vice President for Canada, Joe Maloney received 89% of the vote to defeat local 359 Assistant Business Manager Ken Noga, and International Vice President for the Northeast Dave Haggerty Received 95% of the vote to defeat local 29 President Mike Hancock. Three International officers faced no opposition and were elected by acclamation, Larry McManamon – IVP Great Lakes, Tom Baca- IVP Western States, and Warren Fairley  IVP Southeast.

The second day Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) President Hassan Yussuff took the stage to update delegates on its recent gains and current battles which included a new Liberal party Prime Minister after nine and a half years of right wing torture and tormenting by a Conservative government. The Supreme Court ruling the fundamental right to strike, and declaring workers have the right to choose a union free of intervention. Yussuff spoke about several battles the CLC is engaged including Bill C-377, which passed just before the election of the new Prime Minister. The bill dictates onerous public reporting rules on union finances and political activities. Yussuff said unions would not provide financial information to our enemies, its an unjust, undemocratic law in our country. Another battle is over the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. “It’s destroying jobs” and must not be ratified in Canada. Other issues include a national ban of all asbestos mining and a favorable temporary worker program. The Constitution and Law Committee got off to a slow start with issues stretching out the debate and several roll call votes slowed the committee’s report. The Law Committee proposed raising the strike pay from $150 to $200 and finally a new motion was made and passed from the floor to $250. Other resolutions also met with vigorous debate:

  • A motion to withdraw delegates-at-large credentials was defeated, following discussions about the importance of experienced and knowledgeable International reps and other International staff having a voice at convention.
  • A motion to switch to electronic voting was withdrawn after discussions about cost, difficulties for those not familiar with electronic devices and the need for delegates to speak their minds on the floor rather than press a button.
  • A motion to require that International Vice Presidents be elected only by the members from their IVP section failed, following debate over whether that would divide the union.
  • A motion to require that International Officer vacancies be filled by an election of all members rather than being appointed was defeated, as delegates debated the issues of cost , delays in filling vacancies, and other issues. An amendment to that amendment also failed.
  • Also defeated were motions to require the election of International Representatives and reducing severance pay for International Officers.

The third day resumed its report from the Law Committee and once again delegates rose to voice their views, and in the only roll call vote of the day some delegates challenged a provision of Article 33-Salary Adjustments. This Article allows the Executive Council to increase the International Presidents salary (and therefor the salaries of other International officers, International Reps and other International staff by up to 5% per year, providing the union is in good financial health). An amendment was made to reduce the 5% to 2.5% followed by a roll call vote in which IP Jones cast his vote for the law Committees recommendation of the 5% saying that he would have abstained from voting had the proposed amendment not impacted staff. Other International officers echoed those sentiments as the roll call vote unfolded with strong support for the Law Committee recommendation and adopting the 5% before the vote was halted an the initiator of the resolution withdrawing his amendment. Various Convention Committees took the stage to deliver their reports to the delegates which wrapped up its work on renewing the International Brotherhood Constitution and resolving more than 100 resolutions submitted to them. Three guest speakers were also heard, Assistant General Secretary, Kemal Ozkan stressed the need to work together in protecting workers rights to form collective bargaining agreements, living wages and guarantee safe workplaces. President of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Robbie Hunter, with the help of construction trades passed Bill 54 which has improved safety at refineries for workers and the communities where the facilities were located. It also increased opportunities for trade workers, contractors and increased wages. The Chairman of North West Upgrading, Ian MacGregor spoke about his journey into clean energy, including the positive impact of carbon capture and storage with the first refinery to be built in Alberta, Canada in three decades at a cost of $8.5 billion. He said “Boilermakers are the logical leaders in this effort as you are on every project, you know the owners and you are well organized.”

Day four included the last guest speaker Michael Hayes, Director of the Office of Labour-Management Standards at the Department of Labour, addresses delegates on this final day of the convention regarding the DOLs new “Persuader Rule.” The rule requires employers who hire union-busting consultants, and the consultants themselves to file reports on their indirect activities. Hayes said that the main purpose of the rule was to give employees who are considering whether to join union information about any third party that has been hired to dissuade them from organizing. “We thought that it was right that [employees] should be able to access information about the anti-union messages that they are repeatedly hearing and seeing,” said Hayes. Opponents of unions are willing to spend a lot to bust unions and don’t have to report, but unions have to report dollars spent on organizing. This speech was followed by closing remarks and the adjournment of the 33rd Consolidated Convention. For more information on this event, you can visit the IBB website which includes films produced by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Wide Awake Films for the 33rd Consolidated Convention.

The elected 359 delegates chosen for this 33rd Consolidated Convention would like to thank all those who voted for them, and greatly appreciated the opportunity to represent this great local as a unified team.

Sincerely and fraternally yours,
Dave French
Vice President, Business Representative

WCB Appeals

As many of our members are aware, there were a series of unfortunate incidents that occurred during the Pine River Turnaround in July 2014. Included in these incidents, were 3 individuals who had initiated exposure claims, two from the day shift and one from the night shift. All of the claims were protested by the employer and subsequently denied by WCB. A very lengthy process was then undertaken and the appeals of these claims began.

Update – August 2016

The Union has now been able to successfully appeal the two day shift claims with the night shift claim unfortunately remaining unchanged. It was through the gathering of pertinent medical evidence at the time of injury that the two individuals were eventually able to succeed with their appeals. The night shift member unfortunately did not have the same evidence of exposure, and more importantly lacked the required medical information that would have possibly allowed the decision to be varied in the form of acceptance as well.

The Takeaway

This is a reminder to all members who may suffer an injury or suspect they have been exposed to a toxic substance to immediately report to on site first aid and your employer. Then if your situation warrants a trip to a local practitioner or hospital, ask for any testing you feel should be done. This means if you believe you have been exposed to a substance at a work site you should request blood tests immediately and if possible explain to the doctor what you think you may have been exposed to. If you find yourself in a position of being unsure of what to do, request that you have a job steward present or contact the Union and speak to a representative.

The worst thing a member can do is hope that an injury/illness gets better on its own and wait to report it. This tends to be the starting stages of what can be a very lengthy and frustrating appeal process should an employer decide to protest the claim being made. More often than not claims that are not reported at the time of the incident are contested by the employer and quite possibly denied by WCB.

Any member who feels intimidated or coerced by an employer or their representatives for reporting an injury should contact the Union immediately as this is a violation of the WCB Act.

Hurt Your Back at Work?  Here’s What You Should Know

Many of the appeals that can happen concern back injuries that either:

  1. Aren’t accepted as arising from the work accident or work activity;
  2. Were accepted for a strain/sprain and the WCB has told the worker that it has resolved, when it has not; or
  3. Is diagnosed as a strain/sprain when it is really something more.

These situations can be complex and very confusing but it is important to act quickly to deal with them as an un-appealed decision letter can mean that you will have a tough time getting anything accepted in future.

When someone goes to their doctor complaining of back pain (whether it’s low back, mid-back, or neck) the doctor is likely to diagnose a sprain/strain. Doctors will tell you that if they hear hoof beats in the woods, they will first assume it’s horses because in most cases it is. However if there are reasons to think it is not horses, thats when they start to consider whether it may be zebras or any other hooved creature.

The same goes for back injuries. You will likely be diagnosed as suffering from a strain/sprain and your doctor or physiotherapist will expect it to resolve within 6 to 8 weeks. If your back pain does not resolve as expected however, then you should be sent for the appropriate tests to figure out if it may be something more; for example, a herniated disc.

We often have appeals where the family physician has started to suspect that this is the case and has asked the WCB to approve a visit to a specialist. The WCB has a deal with specialists in most fields that will provide expedited appointments so you don’t have to wait so long.

Often the WCB refuses to approve a specialist appointment. We can appeal this, but in the meantime you should get your doctor to make a referral under the Medical Services Plan. Although it will take longer, at least you know you will be seen at some point. If you see a specialist and are diagnosed with a herniated disc or some other injury that you and your doctor feel is a result of your work activity, you will need to ask the WCB to accept that condition. If they say no, you should appeal.

It is always important to see a specialist when your condition is not resolving as expected. The WCB will often just cut you off and say, your sprain/strain should be healed by now so if you are still experiencing pain, it must be unrelated to your work injury and it’s not our problem. In this case, it is again crucial that you appeal the decision. If you have a herniated disc and the WCB says it doesn’t come from your accident or activities at work and you DON’T appeal, you will be stuck for the rest of your life with a pre-existing non-work-related herniated disc. We can sometimes get around that but it is not easy.

The moral of the story is this: back injuries can be simple strains or they can be very complicated. If you hurt your back at work, and the WCB is not accepting it as their responsibility, something is wrong. You need to address that right away. Get some advice, file an appeal, don’t just shrug and give up. It is your right to appeal and you should use it!

Apprenticeship and Trade Advancement

The Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Awards Banquet was held in conjunction with the Boilermaker owners appreciation day on August 25th in Edmonton. The Banquet and awards ceremony was held to acknowledge the top graduating apprentices from across Canada. Ned Josic was selected as the top Apprentice from Lodge 359 for his in class marks, hard work and attitude.

A Boilermaker foundation class graduated from BCIT in August. Top student Mathew Perrin received $500 dollars for achieving the highest marks.

A forklift certification course was held on August 23rd with nine members receiving certification.

Probationary Journeyperson Program

Apprenticeship and Training is now looking after the Pro-Jo program. Pro-Jo inquiries and reports can be sent Gord Weel.

Coordinators Report

The table below represents 5 levels of Apprentice training achieved as compared to the total number of work hours for each level and the number of Apprentices which fall into each level.

BM 01 is Foundation, BM 02 is Level 2 Upgrade, BM 03 is Level 3 Upgrade, BM 04 is Level 4 Refresher Course, BM IP is Boilermaker Inter-Provincial Red Seal.

Training Levels0-1000
Total Apprentices
BM - 01 291000030
BM - 022310630042
BM - 0326832021
BM - 041011104
BM - IP21412510043

The table below is the Apprentice training schedule for the remainder of 2016.

Fall 2016 Training Programs   
Course TypeLocationDates
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITOctober 17th - November 18th
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITNovember 21st - December 23rd
Aerial Platform CertificationJoe Kiwior/Ivan Shook Training CentreOctober
Forklift CertificationJoe Kiwior/Ivan Shook Training CentreNovember

John Hart Dam

Mark-up meeting on August 18, 2016 with SNC-Lavalin and Alstom for the Power house T&G portion (3 draft tubes and scroll casings), as the ship just left China with all the pre-fabricated components. Boilermakers to start beginning of January 2017 with back to back shifts for 5 to 6 months with manpower peeking out around 10 to 12 per shift. Canron is to hold a mark-up meeting October 4th for the 3 Bypass Penstocks and scrubbers, said earlier they would have 3-4 members on site possibly in November to start site prep for the January 2017 start. Also with back to back shifts for 6 months plus, and manpower peeking out around 10 to 12  per shift. There is a local hire provision on this job for members who have been a resident for a minimum period of 6 months and within 90 road kilometres of the work site. A copy of the John Hart Dam collective agreement in on our website under the membership tab.

Site C

Voith Hydro was awarded the Turbines & Generators contract on April 06th. The Penstocks have not been awarded at this point (but lets keep our fingers crossed that this work is awarded to a signatory contractor). The peak potential for manpower is estimated around 35 boilermakers per shift starting approximately mid 2018 for up to 5 years, again with local hire provisions.

Travel Carding

Local 128 is accepting applications for nuclear security clearances which can take 3-6 months to process for a lot work starting next year especially for welders, at the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generation stations. For more information call 128 main office in Burlington.

Lodge 359 Staff

2016 Boilermakers Lodge 359 Golf Tournament

Lodge 359 would like to sincerely thank all those who generously contributed to this years golf tournament. We had a perfect golfing day unlike the previous year, the prizes and dinner this year were simply amazing. A special thanks goes out to the staff and management of Pagoda Ridge Golf Coursefor hosting the tournament.

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This years 50/50 draw was in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Boilermaker Mark Oake won the draw in the amount of $955.00, a cheque for the same amount has now been forwarded to the Foundation.

2016 Winning Team
Cecil Scott – Craig Gab – June Rogers – Chris McCain


Most Honest Team
Martin Nicholson – Gord Weel – Rob Kappel – Al Dingwall


Ladie’s Long Drive
June Rogers


Men’s Long Drive
Dan Mudrie


Ladie’s Closest To The Pin
Maxine Smalley


Men’s Closest To The Pin
Lyle Smith – No Photo Available

The Foursome’s

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April 2016 Newsletter

Merritt and Ft. St. James Biomass Boiler Updates

The following bullet point presentation and photos of the TVE jobs at Merritt and Ft. St. James were provided by Matt Beauregard. We would like to sincerely thank him for taking time from his schedule to help out with our newsletter.

TV BM Cover

  • Summer of 2014 TVE approached FSE and Iberdrola about seeking the opportunity of bidding work on their project, at that time we were told the project would not entertain Union labour , the door was shut closed.
  • First Quarter of 2015 TVE approached the same group, again TVE was denied any opportunity.
  • Summer of 2015 we heard grumblings that project wasn’t going as fast as they would like it, they were not at the stage of erecting the boiler yet but parts were coming in.
  • Non Union Contractor PQC who has been on site from the start was asked to entertain taking the work on but said they couldn’t handle the expertise to do the work as they’re skill set was structural and some mechanical.
  • August 2015 old FSE manager left site, a Canadian manager from Montreal was hired, TVE stopped by, Wally Cousins and I discussed our capabilities, we left company references, resumes, ect.
  • Over the next few weeks we completed negotiations and were only contracted to do the pressure part welding on the water walls, a start date was confirmed October 26, 2016 small 6 man crew, at the start I was the Foreman and Wally was a Rigger/Fitter on tools.
  • November 26  30 days later TVE was awarded the Gen Bank install in 2016, crew size bumped up to about 10 as we were in full swing doing pre-assembly of the water walls at the lay down yard site.
  • Mid December, TVE was awarded the insulation and cladding work.
  • January 2016  TVE back in after holiday break, crew size bumped up a few more and pre-assembly continued, also awarded the refractory work for both Ft. St. James and Merritt , as well the Insulation and Cladding at Ft. St. James.
  • March TVE in full swing, all boiler pressure parts awarded as well as the over and under fire air handling system, lower furnace work, penthouse enclosure, etc. Also awarded piping for the entire boiler building. TVE was asked to bring Boilerrmakers up to Ft. St. James to assist client in doing a bunch of rework on the boiler water walls and super-heaters, approximately 16 Boilermakers on site and picking up more work as we go.
  • Present, running approximately 27 Boilermakers on days and 25 on nights, expect to bump up another 10% to 20% possibly, all water walls are in place, Gen Bank, 30% done, super-heaters just getting started as well as working on the air ducting.
  • In summary great support from Lodge 359 administration, crews, ect. Team effort all around, customer FSE, Prime Iberdrola and owner Veolia very impressed with TVE and the union labour.
  • Expect to have most of the pressure work completed by early summer, probably have a small contingency of Boilermakers doing small stuff through the summer, all other TVE trade work Pipefitters, Insulators, Sheet Metal Workers, Bricklayers, Instrumentation and controls will work through the summer and into the early fall.

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Letter From Merritt/TVE Job Steward Trevor Hunter

Well Brothers and Sisters of Boilermakers 359, this is Trevor Hunter writing this letter from out here in Merritt B.C. giving you guys an update and I guess a bit of a play by play as to what has gone on since we have showed up.

We started here at the end of October 2015 with the understanding we were coming in for a very short time to handle a few of the specialty areas when it comes to the boiler being built. We were told 5 -10’s for 3 to 4 weeks. The crew started off doing some odds and ends, lots of grinding and buffing and really just assessing the situation at hand. A small crew of guys on a strictly non-union site, for a very short period of time. I would like to thank Matt Beauregard and Wally Cousins for their work getting us in here and cracking that door open.

We are now sitting halfway through April on a 12 on 2 off schedule. The hard work, dedication and pure craftsmanship of the Union Boilermakers on site has guaranteed us this entire boiler. All pressure and non pressure parts that go with it. TVE has also picked up the piping coming off this boiler, the insulation and cladding wrapping it and some mechanical parts involved.

This work is all going to Union tradesmen and supporting each and every one of their families. I would like to thank every person involved with this job. It has truly been an eye opener for me in more ways than one. The Union skill here on site has really kicked down that door that was cracked open for us, hopefully solidifying this work to us in the future.

So thank you again to all Brothers and Sisters involved and to any who haven’t made it here, I hope to see you on the next one.

Sincerely and Fraternally yours,

Trevor Hunter

Site C Turbine and Generator Contract Announcement

On April 6, 2016 Business Manager Martin D. Nicholson attended the BC Legislature for the announcement of the Site C Dam Turbine and Generator contract award. Voith Hydro Inc. was the successful proponent and one of three Union affiliated contractors that were short listed by BC Hydro for the project. The other two contractors were Alstom Renewable Power Canada Inc. and Andritz Hydro Canada.

It is projected that there will be approximately 150 unionized tradespeople employed during the construction of the turbines and generators portion of the project, including Boilermakers, Millwrights, Pipefitters, Electricians and other trades.

The Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC have negotiated a Special Project Needs Agreement (SPNA) to cover the scope of work of this project, we will not be working under the AHC/CHC Agreement. The SPNA includes participation from 10 Building Trades Unions for the installation of the turbines and generators only.

BC Hydro has posted a a preliminary construction schedule and it is available by clicking here.


Aldergrove Braves Pee Wee Baseball Team Sponsorship

Boilermakers Lodge 359 is very proud to be able to support the community of Aldergrove and on January 5, 2016 a motion was passed at the general membership meeting to sponsor the Aldergrove Braves Baseball Team in the amount of $2,000.00. The team is in their first year of Pee Wee division, playing in Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission. The Boilermakers Lodge 359 sponsorship provided that all of the players on the team received full uniforms, these young men feel like professionals on the field this year.

Aldergrove Minor Baseball Association also received a $350.00 signage sponsor from the Apprenticeship & Trade Advancement Committee, a 4 x 4 sign with the Boilermaker logo is displayed at the Aldergrove Athletic Park. The Aldergrove Braves would like to thank the membership for your generosity.

Lodge 359 wishes all the best for the team during their 2016 season.

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Election of Delegates to the 33rd Consolidated Convention

The election results of Delegates to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 33rd Consolidated Convention are as follows;

Ballots Mailed: 1008
Ballots Returned: 289
Ballots Spoiled: 7

Delegate by Virtue of Office

Martin D. Nicholson, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer

Elected Delegates

Jim Wymer 168
Palmer Allen 161
Dave French 149
Jordan Streng 141
Ken Noga 141
Sat Chatta 140

Alternate Delegates

J’onn Giese 121
Gord Weel 120
Chris Paige 116
Peter Parkinson 83
Les Liszicsan 46
Kyle Lepitre 35

We would like to thank election committee Chairman Alan Dingwall and committee members Sandy McKimmie, Robert McCormack, Kent Summers, Craig Dunnett and Shan Hendy for volunteering their time to assist in the ballot count.

MemberLink Update

We are pleased to announce that at the time this newsletter was produced, 443 members of Lodge 359 have registered on MemberLink, the members only portion of the Unions website. This number includes both active and retired members. By all accounts MemberLink has been well received offering many services previously unavailable to the membership.

The development of the online posting module attached to MemberLink is nearing completion and is now under testing by UnionWare. The next step in this process will be for UnionWare to deploy the module onto our test server so that we can perform internal testing. Once we are satisfied that online posting is performing as expected it will be launched for your use. Tentative launch date for online posting is the first of June.

Below is a screenshot of Memberlink Administration, it will show number of members registered as well as a few other statistics.


Joe Kiwior – Ivan Shook Training Centre

In March of this year instructor Sheldon Frank was hired to assist in welder training and is available on Monday and Tuesday of each week. Sheldon is a certified welding instructor who has worked at both the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Any member wanting to come in on one or both of those days is asked to first contact Tranining Coordinator Gord Weel. Please give Gord at least two or more days notice prior to coming in so that coupons can be prepared and your time will be spent in the welding booth and not doing prep work.

Prior to work commencing at Covanta a few weeks ago Sheldon assisted a group of Probationary Journeymen to get up to speed welding Inconel. This was key to successfully manning this job for Lodge 359 as the welders list was near empty due to the current work picture.

Apprenticeship & Trade Advancement Committee (ATAC)

Two of the four Union ATAC Trustees recently became Pensioners and have resigned from the committee, Brothers Greg Pierce and Bill Rogers. Lodge 359 would like to sincerely thank each for their service and wish them a long, safe and happy life as retirees. The Lodge Executive Board has since filled these two positions by appointing Brothers Palmer Allen and Sat Chatta, good luck to both, the future of our Apprentices are now in your capable hands.

The ATAC committee has made the decision to only run one Foundation class in 2016 due to a low projection of man hours and the number of Apprentices currently in the system. The committee will continue to closely monitor the number of Apprentices and adjust accordingly the number of future intakes.

The table below represents 5 levels of Apprentice training achieved as compared to the total number of work hours for each level and the number of Apprentices which fall into each level.

BM 01 is Foundation, BM 02 is Level 2 Upgrade, BM 03 is Level 3 Upgrade, BM 04 is Level 4 Refresher Course, BM IP is Boilermaker Inter-Provincial Red Seal.

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Total Apprentices
BM - 01 332000035
BM - 023113520051
BM - 0326742223
BM - 040030003
BM - IP0312510434

The table below is the Apprentice training schedule for the remainder of 2016.

2016 Training Programs   
Course TypeLocationDates
Foundation CourseBCITMarch - August
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeJoe Kiwior - Ivan Shook Training CentreJune 27th - July 29th
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITOctober 17th - November 18th
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITNovember 21st - December 23rd

Annual BBQ and Golf Tournament

Once again this year a BBQ featuring food provided by Smoke & Bones will be held the day before the Golf Tournament. The BBQ will be held on Thursday July 14th starting at 12 noon, all active and retired members are welcomed. Over the past two years approximately 150 have attended each of the two BBQ’s.

On the day after the BBQ, Friday July 15th, Lodge 359’s Golf Tournament will kick off, we will be returning to the Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley. Even though it rained as hard as it could at last years event everyone had a great day, let’s hope for better weather this year.

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Fraternally, Lodge 359 Staff

Tilbury LNG Project

Boilermakers Lodge 359 crew working for Bantrel Constructors at the Fortis LNG Tank on Tilbury Island. This photo was taken the day of the roof air raise in October of 2015.

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January 2016 Newsletter

UnionWare Office Software

During the week of January 11th through the 15th UnionWare trainers and technical support attended the offices of Lodge 359 in order to first train and then go live with the Boilermakers new office system software. UnionWare Enterprise Core module which controls the membership data base and Dispatch are the first two modules of four that have been launched. MemberLink and TransferLink modules should both be available in early February.

Enterprise Core and Dispatch are very powerful programs with many functions that were previously unavailable to the Lodge. We ask that you please be patient over the next few months as it will certainly take some time for the staff to become confident and comfortable using the systems.

One change that would have been noticed by anyone who has posted during the last few days are the questions asked by the Posting Operator. You now need to provide two new pieces of information when you call the posting line. The Operator will ask what date you were laid off, you also will be asked to provide the time of your last paid hour (shift end time). For example, if you were working a 10 hour day shift with a start time of 8:00 am and a shift end time of 6:30 pm, you would inform the operator that your last paid hour at lay off was 6:30 pm. You must always post by stating the last paid hour of the day you were laid off. Your last paid hour at lay off can certainly vary depending on the circumstances evolving from you last shift, it is your responsibility to know what hours you are to be paid in accordance with the collective agreement that you are working under .

The new posting procedure completely does away with weekend posting as you will now be posted back onto the out of work list based on the date and time of your lay off, which works for every day of the week, not just weekends. This is a vast improvement over past procedures which did not use the time of lay off factor. You will always be grouped with people who were laid off on the same day at the same time.

MemberLink will bring the next improvement that will serve and benefit the membership. From your own secure online user account many functions will be available to you, among the new services will be online posting, view board position, tag out, check dues status, pay dues and assessments and more. Online posting to the out of work lists will be available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Once you submit your online request to post, you will be instantly back on the list and available for dispatch.

TransferLink will be a secure online portal available to contractors and will be used to upload remittance reports. This module can also be used by the contractor to upload copies of any safety certifications as well as tickets such as Aerial Lift or Forklift that you have obtained while in their employment.

One of many new features that the Dispatch module provides for the members is the ability to email job details directly to you on the same day as you are dispatched. It is recommended that you contact the general office either by email or phone and have your email attached to your member record. You can email and request that your email address be added.

The staff would like to sincerely thank Natalie, Bill and Marcel from UnionWare and Joey our IT provider for the excellent service that Lodge 359 received during training and go live.

The Cody Brothers Apprenticeship Award

Brother Rick Cody spoke at the Christmas meeting about the importance of the Boilermaker trade and the pride he and his brothers have had as members of Lodge 359. Rick presented a cheque to the Apprenticeship and Trade Advancement Committee on behalf of himself and his brothers Bryan, Terry, and Rodney to recognize hard working Apprentices and not necessarily those with the highest training scores as the top student of each Foundation class is already rewarded with a $500.00 honorarium from the Union.

The winner of the first Cody Brothers Apprenticeship award was given to Michael Valliere for his hard work, reliability and dedication to the trade.


A Level 04 Apprenticeship refresher course was held January 4th through January 15th at the Joe Kiwior – Ivan Shook Training Centre. The 9 apprentices attending wrote their Red Seal on January 15th, results of the exams are expected to be returned within the next two weeks.

2016 Training Programs   
Course TypeLocationDates
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITJanuary 4th - February 6th
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeJoe Kiwior - Ivan Shook Training CentreJanuary 18th - February 19th
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITFebruary 9th - March 11th
Foundation CourseBCITMarch - August
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeJoe Kiwior - Ivan Shook Training CentreTBA
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITOctober 17th - November 18th
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITNovember 21st - December 23rd

West Kootenay Mechanical

A grievance was served upon West Kootenay Mechanical on Friday January the 15th. The complaint is in regards to a violation of Article 6 of the CLR Collective Agreement. In the statement of claim the Union alleges that the employer failed to provide a pre-job conference to the Trades in order to establish jurisdictional claims. The membership will be updated as the process unfolds.


An arbitration date has now been set to deal with a grievance filed against Canron late in 2015. The issue at hand is a dispute over Working Foreman, in particular Article 3.03 of the CLR Collective Agreement which states; In case of hiring members of the Union, the Employer shall retain the right to name request all Foremen and General Foremen and, in addition, name request fifty percent (50%) of the crew as follows: Employer the first (odd) number; Union the first even and second odd number; then Employer even number, Union odd number, and thereafter on a 50/50 basis.

The employer (Canron) feels that it is their right to hire as many Working Foreman as they see fit outside of the name request ratio. The Union contends that if a Working Foreman is to be used then that person must be hired within the 50/50 ratio and that any Foreman or General Foreman hired outside of the ratio are strictly non-workers. The membership will be updated once an arbitration award is released.

33rd Boilermaker Consolidated Convention

2016 will be the year of the next Boilermaker Convention, this event occurs only once every 5 years. The purpose of Convention is to review and amend the articles of the Brotherhoods Constitution as well as elect the International President, Secretary Treasurer and Vice Presidents, these are the Officers who will represent the United States and Canada.

During the February General Membership meeting an announcement will be made notifying the membership of the Convention delegate nomination meeting. Our elected delegates will be responsible to represent the entire membership of Lodge 359 and cast their votes accordingly for both Constitutional resolutions and the election of International Officers. Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada convening on July 18, 2016. Lodge 359 is allotted 7 delegates, Business Manager Martin Nicholson is automatically seated by virtue of his current office, the other 6 will be elected from those members who are nominated at the special called meeting.


Lodge 359 Staff