Below you will find information about current news and events. Be sure to check this section regularly as we have a number of projects and opportunities on the go.
UA Canada donated $50,000 to help Albertans in wake of flooding
July 5, 2013
UA Canada members aren’t ones to stand around when there is work to be done.
As Albertans begin to survey the damage of recent floods, UA Canada is helping to ease the burden on those who have been most affected by the tragedy.
“The UA is always ready to play a role when we see people in need,” said John Telford, director of Canadian Affairs, UA. “We have made this initial $50,000 donation to the Red Cross on behalf of all UA brothers and sisters and will continue to provide assistance as long as it is needed.
Alberta-based members have also contributed to flood relief efforts with a $10,000 received from UA Local 496 in Calgary and another $10,000 from UA Local 488 in Edmonton.
The UA is part of a larger group of unions affiliated with the Building Trades of Alberta that has already raised more than $285,000 for flood relief services. The Building Trades of Alberta kick-started donations with $50,000 and coordinated all union donations to create a lump sum donation for the Red Cross.
“The Building Trades of Alberta and our affiliated Local Unions would like to send our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all those in Southern Alberta affected by the devastating and catastrophic flooding that has occurred,” said Warren Fraleigh, executive director of Building Trades of Alberta. “The Building Trades of Alberta is proud to demonstrate to our community that we are always available to assist in times of urgent need and play a vital role in Alberta’s emergency response network.”
Donations will be used to support families’ immediate needs and long-term recovery. The Red Cross will use all funds collected in the Alberta communities affected and will ensure on the ground assistance is available to residents until work is complete.
The Building Trades of Alberta has also been in touch with Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s office regarding requests for volunteers to assist on the ground in affected areas, and indicate that requests for volunteers will be forthcoming. UA representatives will be contacted and will have information for members when appropriate.
UA members wishing to make individual donations may help fund relief efforts by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by giving online at www.redcross.ca. Donations will also be accepted at your local Canadian Red Cross office or one of the participating banks in Canada listed here.
The UA believes that the youth of today are our future and as such is a major support of Skills Canada.
The next skills Canada event will be in Toronto June 4, 5, 6
Ever wonder what a Steamfitter does? Our members are some of the highest paid workers in Canada with Steamfitter-Pipefitter being the number one demand for trades workers in the energy sector in the next ten years and beyond.
Come to see our display and talk to our people to experience what other trades we represent and see what a Plumber, HVACR Technician, Welder, and Quality Control Technician does, and we’ll let you in on the kind of future you could have with our organization in one of these trades careers. We will also have an event that will give you an idea of what a Steamfitter-Pipefitter does, which will be part of the Skills Canada competition in the future. Come and see us at the UA Canada booth.
The International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Suite 120
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8
UA Local 179 completes 5 Million man-hours!
Last year, the skilled tradesmen of UA Local 179 in Saskatchewan completed five million man-hours for all the pipe trades combined – resulting in the second highest number of man-hours worked in Canada.
In an article in January’s UA Journal, Local 179’s leadership is described as “motivated and progressive, with an assertive Business Manager in Troy Knipple and a skilled Business Agent in Bill Peters. They are supported by an excellent team of agents and office professionals that ensure UA Local 179 operates efficiently and productively.” to read more click here.