The Building Trades of Alberta was established in 1945 and is a body in which all Craft Unions participate as Local Unions. The number of delegates the Local Union is allowed at the Building Trades Convention is governed by the Building Trades of Alberta’s Rules and Bylaws. The Local Union has a standing committee of seven (7) delegates. The delegates are elected by the membership for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained herein. The primary purpose of the Building Trades Council is to act as one body to further the common interests of all Trades, as affiliates, to all levels of Government and the different Contractor Group(s) we, as a Local Union, deal with on an ongoing basis.
Wilson, Carl (Flip)
The Local Union 488 Benevolent Fund was established in 1952, with the intent and purpose of assisting members and their dependants exposed to financial hardship incurred through disability or death, and was the forerunner to the establishment of the present Edmonton Pipe Industry Health & Welfare Trust Fund.
The Committee consists of six (6) members elected by the Local Union for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained herein.
The funding of the Local Union 488 Benevolent Fund is achieved by the Local Union diverting $0.50 (fifty cents) per member per month of your Union Membership dues to allow for the Funds operation.
Click below to download the rules and regulations defining eligibility and benefits provided by the Fund. Benevolent Fund Committee – rules and regulations
The Edmonton Pipe Trades Fraternal & Building Society was established in June of 1980 as an entity whose primary function is to oversee the construction, maintenance, and operation of all facilities owned and operated by the Local on behalf of its members. The Society consists of ten (10) Union members elected or appointed by the membership for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01.
The Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund was established through Negotiations in 1964. It consists of six (6) Trustees, of which three (3) are appointed by the Mechanical Contractors Association. The three (3) Union Trustees are elected by the Local Union membership for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained herein. The Fund is financed by a per hour contribution contained in the various Collective Agreements. The purpose of this Fund is to provide Trade-Related Educational Upgrading for journeymen and apprentices at little or no substantial cost to the member. To obtain benefits from this Fund, you must be a member in good standing for one year, attend eighty (80%) percent of all classes, and pass the test required for the course you follow. The benefits extend to qualifying courses at outside institutions such as NAIT, SAIT, and community colleges. If a member of Local 488 is found to be working in contravention of the UA Constitution and/or Local 488 Bylaws & Working Rules, the established cost of training, in any course, paid for through the Education Trust Fund may be assessed. When a member enrolls in an external program, they must register in advance with the Education Department and provide any proof required to receive reimbursement. All external programs must be directly trade-related. For further information on courses and course requirements, please consult the Education Trust Fund booklet or the website at www.local488.ca.
The Local Union 488 Entertainment Committee was established by the Local Union’s membership many years ago and consists of six (6) Union Members. The Committee is elected by the membership for a three (3) year term in accordance with
Article III, Clause 3.01 of the By-Laws and Working Rules contained here.
The funding for the Local Union 488 Entertainment Committee is achieved by the Local Union diverting seventy-five ($0.75) cents per member per month of your Union membership dues to the Committee to allow its operation.
In addition to this Committee’s other responsibility, the Committee arranges the Annual Spring Banquet and Dance, the Children’s Picnic, and the Yearly Children’s Christmas Party.
As with all Committees, if a member has any suggestions to offer as to additional Social Functions or new ideas that would benefit the membership, contact the Local Union Office to facilitate a response to your recommendations.
The Edmonton Pipe Industry Health & Welfare Trust Fund was established on July 1, 1965 and the Pension Trust Fund on October 1, 1968. The Board of Trustees consists of four (4) Trustees elected by the Union for a three (3) year term, two (2) independent Trustees hired by the Board, and one (1) independent chairperson selected by the Union upon approval of Construction Labour Relations Alberta (CLRa). The four (4) Union Trustees are elected by the Local Unions for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained here. For further information regarding the Health, Welfare & Pension Trust Funds and the benefits provided, please refer to our booklet on each fund or The Edmonton Pipe Industry website at www.epibenefitplans.com.
The Joint Conference Board/Negotiating Committee was established by the Local Union as a Joint Committee in January 1982.
The Committee consists of six (6) members elected or appointed by the Local Union membership for a term of three (3) years in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01.
The Committee is responsible for the negotiation of the I.C.I. Agreement and it deals with the Contractors Association during the life of that Agreement.
McKay, Rod (Chair)
This fund is a Group SUB Plan of our members working within the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, and Fabrication sectors and approved by Human Resources Development Canada. It does not cover members for Pipeline and Sprinkler sector Employers.
As with any plan operated with guidelines set forth by revenue Canada, it must be operated within strict parameters.
Supplementary Benefit Trust Fund
The Local Union 488 Supplementary Benefit Trust Fund was established through negotiations in the Construction Agreement in 1969.
The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees comprised of five (5) Union members elected by the Local Union membership for a three (3) year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained herein.
The Fund is financed by a ten ($0.10) cent per hour earned contribution in the current Registration Construction/Institutional/Commercial Agreement.
In order to be eligible for benefits from this Fund, you must be a member in good standing of the Local Union for a period of one (1) year prior to applying for benefits.
The purpose of the Supplementary Benefit Trust Fund is to provide assistance to members and their dependents as stipulated by the rules and regulations defining eligibility and benefits itemized below.
The Board of Trustees recommends that all members familiarize themselves with the benefits available to them.
Click here to download a pdf that describes your benefits.
This Committee was established to ensure that our Organization maintains a permanent standing committee for the conduct of all UA Local 488 nominations, elections, and/or ratification votes that may be required.
Its initial nomination and election of Committee members was undertaken on January 26, 2002. The Committee is re-nominated and elected every three (3) years thereafter. It is composed of four (4) elected Journeymen members and an appointed secretary from the administration staff of UA Local 488.
The Finance Committee’s duty is to examine the books dealing with finances every month and they report their findings to the Local Union as its regular meetings. They have full and free access to all documents, books, and other records necessary to conduct their examination in accordance with the United Association Constitution. For more information on this Committee, please refer to article VIII – Finance Committee on our Bylaws and Working Rules, page 19.
This Committee was established in January 1991. It highlights the importance and concern that the members of UA Local 488 attach to the many ongoing health and safety concerns within our industry. The Committee’s mandate can be generalized in the following manner:
This Committee consists of six (6) members elected for a three-year term in accordance with Article III, Clause 3.01 contained herein. It meets on a regular basis and it remains the Chairman’s prerogative to plan emergency meetings in the event of specific problems with health and safety concerns which may adversely affect our membership.
**Duties of the Local Union Examining Board –
Section 114(a) of the united Association Constitution states in part:
Every Building and Construction Trades local union and combination local union shall elect an Examining Board for the purpose of examining and determining the qualifications off all applicants as Building and Construction Trades journeymen is said local union.
Section 114(a) does not exist in a vacuum but must be read in conjunction with other provisions of Constitution. Reading Section 114(a) with other related sections of the Constitution, particularly in conjunction with Section 2 of the Constitution, one comprehends that the basic foundation of the labor movement is based on organizing the unorganized, and making union membership available to all qualified persons. When the United Association awards territorial jurisdiction to a local union under Section 2 of the United Association Constitution, it is with the understanding that the local union will diligently protect the trade jurisdiction of the Plumbing and pip Fitting Industry. This cannot be done without a continuing organizing program, and the initiation of new members. Therefore, the United Association will neither condone, nor tolerate, the closing of membership to qualified applicants who desire to become members of the United Association.
The words “examining and determining the qualifications of all applicants” means that the Examining Board shall look at and examine the proofs of qualification offered by an applicant and determine if they are authentic. If there is a reasonable doubt as to their authenticity the board may give the applicant a rest.
The word “determining” means that an applicant’s qualifications are determined by the proof of current qualification, and is not to be interpreted to give the Examining Board the authority to determine qualifications of an applicant prior to the applicant being referred to the Examining Board for their resolve. This is a function of the Business Manager.
Further, the Examining Board is not granted authority under Section 114(a) to establish tests contrary to the historic past practices of the local union or United Association.
The Examining Board must keep in mind that denying an applicant membership with current proof of qualification could place the local union in a difficult legal position. Individual members of the Examining Board cannot act in any capacity by themselves. They only represent the local union when the Examining Board is in session and all decisions must be made by the “board” rather than an individual member of the board.
Persons currently employed at the trade and being organized under a program of the local union or United Association are to be considered differently that “applicants” seeking membership in a local union under Section 114(a) of the United Association Constitution.
In addition, all local union membership tests, test results and records should be in the possession of the local union office at all times between meetings of the Examining Board.
Duties of the Local Union Executive Board.
Regarding the duties of the Local Union Executive Board, a careful reading of section 113 of the United Association Constitution should make it clear that there should not be any conflict between the duties of the Local Executive Board and the local union officers. Section 113 clearly states: The Local Union Executive Board shall, between the meetings of the local union, transact such business as may be referred to it by the local union, or the duly elected Local Union Officers. Thus, the Local Executive Board has no constitutional authority to assume to itself the authority or power to act on its own motion and assume control and supervision over any matter or business of the local union unless it is referred to it by the local union or the local union officers.
As local union members, the members of the Local Executive Board have all the rights and privileges of any other member, and may very well make motions as members at local union meetings which would require that certain business be referred to the Local Executive Board for disposition. Other than that, they are not local union officers and only function as officers when they meet in a body as the Local Executive Board.
We cannot emphasize too strongly that a Local Executive Board does not have authority to run the affairs of the local union. This is the responsibility of the duly elected officers, and specifically the Business Manager under the provisions of Sections 103 and 104 of the United Association Constitution. The Local Executive Board only has authority between membership meetings to consider and act upon matters referred to it by the local union membership meetings or by the duly elected officers.