Monday, July 24, 2017

Child Identification Kits

The IBEW's participation in the National Child Identification Program is one way to ensure the safety of our Members and their families, as well as reduce the number of missing children in Canada and the United States and we hope you will take advantage of this offer. For more information please Click here

Coal Transition Coalition

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

IBEW Local Union 254, one of the founding Members of the Coal Transition Coalition, has been working diligently to maintain and preserve jobs during the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in Alberta.

Attached please find the Media Advisory announcing the release of the report, and the attached report "Getting It Right: A Just Transition for Alberta's Coal Workers".

Thank you for taking the time to read the information that will potentially affect many of our Members.  Please open the following link and add your name to our voice of concern - www.coaltransition.ca.  This is a short prepared letter to Premier Rachel Notley, Minister Deron Bilous (Economic Development), Minister Shannon Philips (Environment), Christina Gray (Labour) and Marg McCuaig-Boyd (Energy). Your support in this matter may go  a long way in ensuring that our Members at the Coal Plants are dealt with fairly.


John Briegel

Business Manager/Financial Secretary

IBEW Local 254

Workers offer blueprint for coal transition

Getting it right

So you want to be a feminist government? Here are three simple steps you can take!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

On International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are asking our government to act on their stated feminist principles.

“Since the last election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly stated his support for gender equality and declared himself a feminist,” said Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers. “But it’s 2017 and Canadian women are still waiting for some basic changes.”

“A feminist government means implementing concrete actions that deal with the economic inequality Canadian women experience on a daily basis,” Byers stated.

Byers acknowledged Trudeau’s government has made some advances, including appointing a Cabinet where 50% of Ministers are women, reinstating some funding for women’s organizations, and beginning a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women. But on several key actions, she said, the government continues to drag its feet.

“Feminism means getting things done. So this International Women’s Day, we’re asking our government to do these three things in 2017,” Byers stated.

1. Let’s get proactive pay equity legislation tabled.

  • Pay equity is equal pay for work of equal value. It compares the value of different occupations to fix the unfair reality that results in lower wages for jobs traditionally performed by women.
  • The work is already done. In 2004, a Pay Equity Task Force carried out an exhaustive study on the issue and made 113 concrete recommendations for action.
  • So why wait? The Canadian government says it is committed to tabling legislation, but not until the end of 2018. But the work is already done, and unions and other experts are ready to help draft the legislation, so why wait? Let’s get this done in 2017.

2. Let’s get a national child care framework signed and funded.

  • Child care helps parents, particularly women, take part in the labour force. We all benefit when people can go to work knowing their kids have a safe place to play and learn. It’s good for women, it’s good for kids, and it’s good for the economy. But in Canada, it’s hard to find and afford. 
  • The Liberals promised a new child care deal with the provinces and territories. We need that deal and funding to provinces and territories to ensure all Canadian families can access quality, affordable child care. Let’s get this done in 2017.

3. Let’s get paid domestic violence leave into the Labour Code.

  • Domestic violence doesn’t stay at home. It follows people to work, putting jobs and safety at risk. One in three workers in Canada has experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, and more than half say they experienced violence at or near their workplace.
  • Paid domestic violence leave can help keep victims safe. It means being able to take the time to deal with police or lawyers, get new bank accounts, and find a new place to live – without worrying about losing their job.
  • Manitoba’s government recently passed a law giving all workers the right to five paid days of domestic violence leave – the first of its kind in Canada. Now we need the federal government to do the same with the federal Labour Code. Let’s get this done in 2017.

How you can help:

Coalition of coal workers unveils transition plan


Press Release

Friday, March 3, 2017 

Coalition of coal workers unveils transition plan

Report examines how Alberta can be a leader in phase out of emissions from coal-fired electricity

Edmonton – A coalition of workers who will be affected by Alberta’s plan to phase-out coal fired electricity generation have unveiled a made-in-Alberta blueprint for a transition plan that puts a focus on jobs, workers and their communities.

The report “Getting It Right: A Just Transition For Alberta’s Coal Workers” examines the successes and failures of other transitions from around the world and concludes by recommending that the government should establish an independent Alberta Economic Adjustment Agency to manage the transition.

“The workers who have dedicated their careers to keeping the lights on need to be supported as they face the closure of coal-fired electrical plants and associated mines,” Coal Transition Coalition chair and Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan said. “This government is a global leader and innovator in climate change policies – They can also be leaders in creating a path forward for workers in industries affected by these policies.”

The report argues that a transition can only be successful if it is based on input from the people and communities that are facing the biggest changes and that a just transition must include: support for communities; planned transitions to work and to retirement; protecting workers’ pensions; bringing employers to the table; education, training and career counseling; and the involvement of workers and their representatives.

“The phase-out of emissions from coal-fired electricity generation is taking place over a long period of time – which is an opportunity for the province to do this the right way. But Alberta needs to get started on this now,” McGowan said. “Some of the most effective strategies need long-term thinking and careful planning – we are in a unique position to get this right, and to show the rest of the world how a just transition can be achieved.”

The report – as well as supplementary information – is online at www.coaltransition.ca. The coalition will be sending copies of the report to the Advisory Panel on Coal Communities, to MLAs, and organizing meetings between workers from the coal industry and elected officials.

Media Contact:
Olav Rokne, Communications Director, Alberta Federation of Labour at 780-218-4351 (cell) or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Congratulations to these five applicants!!!


Thank you to everyone who submitted their names and essays for the 2016/2017 IBEW First District Scholarships Award; we received entries this year from 201 applicants.

A random draw was made this morning at the First District Office, and it is my pleasure to announce the following winners:

Brad Bordage – Local Union 37, Fredericton, NB

Emma Landriault– Local Union 636, Mississauga, ON

Rebecca Edwards – Local Union 2351, Churchill Falls, NL

Reeve Matias – Local Union 993, Kamloops, BC

Paolo Labrador – Local Union 213, Vancouver, BC

Congratulations to these five applicants!!!

We, at the First District Office, and the other sponsors (TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, MWG Appareland AIL) wish these dedicated young people a successful year in their continued education.

In solidarity,

Bill Daniels

International Vice President

Provincial Drivers’ Licence renewals

Important changes to Provincial Drivers’ Licence renewals for all City of Calgary employees 

Did yourenew?

As a City of Calgary employee, are you required to have a driver’s licence? Could it have expired?

Whether or not your job includes driving a City vehicle or operating City equipment, your provincial driver’s licence may have expired without your knowledge. As of April 2016, the Alberta government stopped mailing reminders to citizens to renew their driver’s licences and vehicle registrations.

You are individually responsible to renew your driver's licence before it expires. There are risks and serious consequences if you are operating a City vehicle without having a valid licence.

How to know when your driver’s licence is up for renewal:

    1. Check the expiry date on your driver’s license. Driver’s licences are valid for 1 to 5 years depending on your class of licence, medical status and age.


  1. Sign up for driver’s licence remindersby email or text message:
    • The Alberta Government offersremindersfor both drivers’ licences and vehicle registrations.
    • Alberta Registry Association offerse-registryfor registration reminders.

IMPORTANT: For your protection, when you sign up for email and text reminders, please use your personal email and phone number to ensure you always get the message. 

  1. Alternatively, you canset recurring calendar remindersso you know when you need to visit a registry office. Make sure you use personal calendars in case your role at The City changes.

Learn more about driver's licence and vehicle renewals