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Most Popular Careers Questions
We do have some rules about paying your dues, agreeing to drug & alcohol testing and not working for employers who have relationships with other labour organizations. But beyond a pretty basic set of rules, as soon as you are initiated, you're equal to every other member of our Local. You're welcome at our Member Meetings, and you're encouraged to speak you mind on all the issues that affect you as a Member, and your family.
Most Popular General Questions
Download the Dispatch of Potential Apprentice Members information sheet and read it. If you have questions, call 780 452-7080 between 8 am and 4 pm weekdays.
Our boundaries encompass Northern Alberta, north of (and including) the City of Red Deer, which is about halfway between Calgary and Edmonton. Our jurisdiction for Refrigeration Mechanics includes the whole province of Alberta.
The Union collects only that information that is reasonable to assist the individual to gain employment within the jurisdiction of the Union, and so that the Union can provide the individual with the benefits available to him or her. The information collected, used and disclosed includes but is not limited to:
2. Date of Birth;
3. Home and/or business address;
4. Social Insurance Number;
5. Emergency contact information;
6. Telephone number;
7. Proof of trade qualifications;
8. Home Local information when necessary;
9. Discipline records;
10. Information regarding dues and remittances;
11. Collective Agreement administration material.
Wherever personal information is disclosed, no more information than is required will be provided.
The purpose of collecting this information is to allow the Union to:
1. Advise the individual about employment opportunities, including maintenance and administration of the dispatch system and out of work list;
2. Provide benefits to the individual;
3. Provide dues and remittances to home Locals when applicable;
4. Advise appropriate people in emergency circumstances;
5. Contact individuals to advise of meetings, collective bargaining, and Union material associated with the Union;
6. Process charges under the Union Constitution and Local By-laws;
7. Grievances and for witness statements relating to the Collective Agreement administration;
8. Provide employment;
9. Provide information to the Trust Funds/Benefit Funds constituted pursuant to a Collective Agreement to assist in administering the members' benefits;
10. Provide an effective Job Steward's Reporting System;
11. To administer the local Union to the betterment of the members;
12. To administer the Collective Agreement(s) and to further the purposes of collective bargaining;
13. To administer materials relating to those seeking membership in the Union, including, where required, a proficiency test;
14. Organizing purposes.
The information that is collected is given by the individual him or herself, a home Local, or an employer. Information is also sometimes collected through questionnaires, membership meetings, personal contact with the individual, membership application and travel card forms.
Most Popular New Membership Questions
No. Local 488 permits you to defer your final decision about UA membership for up to a year, or to the end of your first dispatch job, whichever comes first.
Usually about 3 months. That can vary with several factors, including the scheduling of the next Heritage Course (orientation and swearing-in) after you decide you want to be a permanent member.
Yes. But the first time you decide to return to the union, the membership fee will be $100. If you leave and return more than once, our Executive Board must consider whether to accept you back a third time. Frankly, this system is in place because we want members who think of their union as an organization within which they can further their career, not just as a quick-and-easy job-finding mechanism.
If you work in the commercial construction sector, you’re paid every two weeks. If you work for our industrial construction employers, you’ll be paid weekly. All members receive vacation pay with each pay cheque.
Our employers make a pre-access D&A test mandatory, and our Local supports that decision, because pre-access D&A testing makes the jobsite safer for everyone. Safety for our members is our most important concern. You should also know that if there is a safety-related incident on a jobsite, everyone involved will be required to take another D&A test. All D&A testing of our members conforms to the Canadian Model. You either pass a D&A test, or you fail. There’s no in-between.