The work picture across Western Canada appears to be busy starting this Fall. In British Columbia Local Lodges 191 & 359 will be looking for travel cards but there has been changes to welder qualifications in B.C.
Travel Card Pressure Welders in British Columbia are now required to hold a Class A certificate of qualification. Welders from another province interested in working in B.C. as a pressure welder may be able to apply for a reciprocal Class A Pressure Welder Certificate through Technical Safety B.C. (TSBC). TSBC works with industry and the public to reduce safety risk through permits, licensing, enforcement, education and delivery of safety programs related to boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping in British Columbia.
The New Year promises to be a busy one with new construction, shutdown and shipyard work in BC, maintenance work in Alberta's and Saskatchewan's oil & gas industries and power plants, Ontario's Nuclear Power upgrades and work in the petro-chemical industries, as well as the demand for Boilermakers in other parts of the country and industries.
Please watch the job calls in the members section of boilermaker.ca or in the Boilermaker Job Ready app, and also check the websites of our sister locals across the country for dispatching information. To find a local lodge website, see https://boilermaker.ca/en/contact-us/.
Please be advised that Members are required to make sure their Job Ready Dispatch is up to date. Local 73 has offered training to 133 members - learn more by clicking here. Also be advised that Members are required to keep their contact information and dues up to date.
Please be advised that we are now setup to receive e-transfers. The dues amount remains unchanged at $45.00 CAD per month. The initiation fee is $100.00 CAD.
Members looking for work are advised that there are Travel Card opportunities in many of the IBB local lodges across Canada. You can find jobs posted by Lodge 555 in the National Travel Card dispatch - login to Members Only and click on "Job Calls". For other locals lodges, visit their websites or contact them directly:
Lodge 359: https://www.boilermakers359.org
Lodge 146: https://boilermakers.ca
Lodge 128: https://128.boilermaker.ca
For the contact information of other construction locals, see https://boilermaker.ca/en/contact-us.
Local 133 members are asked to please Members Only to review the latest job rumour sheets for 2019.
Local 73 has invited Local 133 members who need fit testing to contact them at (506) 634-7389 and they will schedule you. See the following for dates and locations:
Local 73 will be holding steward training on July 5, 2019 in PEI - if any member of Local 133 is interested in the steward class please contact Richard MacIntosh:
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 128 needs qualified Boilermakers, Welders and Metal Fabricators to help meet growing demand in Ontario. As indicated in the 2018 Auditor General of Ontario Annual Report, Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation are collectively estimated to need up to approximately 1,000 Boilermakers for their refurbishment activities between 2021 and 2025. This coupled with an increasingly large demand for Boilermakers in other sectors, will provide for tremendous opportunities for both current and future members.
If you are a member of Local 133 with your Red Seal qualifications, there are upcoming work opportunities for you in Ontario. Local 133 members that currently reside in Ontario, are encouraged to consider transferring their membership to Local 128. Those interested in transferring are asked to email for further details.
To learn more about Local 128, you can visit their website at 128.boilermaker.ca.
Brothers and Sisters,
On December 7 & 8 , 2018, Boilermaker Lodge 191 in Victoria, BC, will be running OSSA safety training at their hall (802 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria, BC).
Boilermaker members from any local (discounted price):
Boilermaker members must contact their home local about coverage for the costs
Payment is expected on or about the time of registration and prior to December 2nd.
To register contact /
All Lodge 133 Members have been assigned access to online training for WHMIS 2015 and Respiratory Fit Test Theory through a company called Initiafy.
Each member of Lodge 133 should have received an email from Initiafy with login information - please follow the directions provided in the email. These courses need to be completed. When a course is completed, you can print your certificate and your results will be automatically uploaded to your member profile in the Boilermaker National System.
These two courses are requirements for all Boilermakers wishing to be dispatched under the Job Ready Dispatch program.
The following Locals have reported they will need Travel Cards this Spring:
Also, Lodge 191 may have more opportunities available this Spring/Summer/Fall, please watch the website for more information
Please note that there will be calls for Travel Cards in other local lodges this year so please check the websites daily for more information.
Please be advised that the work picture is picking up. You will see on boilermaker.ca that there are job calls in Lodges 128 & 555. Please login to members only and check the Job Calls to learn more. Note that there may be opportunities at Lodge 191 (Victoria) again this spring and summer. Please continue to check Job Calls for more information.
Lodge 146 is looking for travel cards also - visit the Lodge 146 website for more information.
The work picture is expected to pick up in different parts of the country in 2018. This is a good time to make sure your contact information and safety and trade ticket(s) are up to date and recorded in your online profile. To verify your information, login to Members Only and click on "My Profile".
Lodge 146 expects to be receiving dispatch orders in January that will be filled by their members. The travel card orders are expected to start in early March.
Lodge 555 reports of work coming up in Saskatchewan in the Spring.
Lodge 128 will also need Boilermakers for work in Ontario. For Nuclear work, security clearances are mandatory. If you have not applied yet it is strongly advised to do so. Please be aware it can take up to 6 months to process the forms, longer if you miss any required information. Please click here (PDF) for the Nuclear Security Clearance Forms. For the longterm work picture regarding nuclear power plants it makes good sense to have the security clearance completed.
Lodge 191 reports of work coming up in the shipyard starting in the new year. Welders will need to have CWB wire & stick (all positions) but there will be a need for pipe welders. Fitters will also be required. Contact 191 for more information.
Please pay attention to the Members Only section of the national website concerning news and events and for information regarding upcoming work posted in the Job Call section.
It is the responsibility of the member to make sure their dues are up to date - Union dues can be paid online. If you are working, please be advised that it can take up to 3 months for the local lodge you are dispatched from to forward the monies to the 133 office. So even if you are working, pay dues on a monthly basis. This will ensure there are "dues on account" in the event you are unemployed.
If you have any questions please contact Richard MacIntosh - .
Please remember to work safe! Your family wants you home at the end of the day. Your health is important - please take the time to get your medical checkups done.
Lodge 133 members are advised that the 2018 Boilermaker Calendar is under development. We are in need of photos of 133 members at work. A group or individual photo on the jobsite will work also. Photos need to be at least 1 MB in size for it to work on the calendar. Send photos with your name and local to before October 1, 2017.
Please be advised that Lodge 555 is looking for welders. For more information and to apply online, please login to members only and click "Job Calls" in the left-hand menu. Note that you must be available to work and active on the Travel Card Pool to apply to a job call.
If you require assistance, please contact support.
For any members interested in working on nuclear sites in the jurisdiction of L128, please login to members only to access valuable information to better understand the facts about nuclear sites.
Lodge 133 members please be advised that there are employment opportunities this Spring. For more information, see below.
Lodge 146 - Visit boilermakers.ca to see job callouts for their daily dispatch. 146 asks all to be patient due to the amount of dispatching that is taking place.
Lodge 128 - Visit 128.boilermaker.ca for information regarding upcoming outages. There will be a lot of work coming soon, especially in the nuclear industry, and people are strongly advised to get their security clearance done as soon as possible. Contact 128 for more information.
Lodge 359 - Will Require travel cards at times - learn more by visiting boilermakers359.org for their daily dispatch.
Lodge 191 - Will be requiring Welders (CWB SMAW & FCAW all positions) and Steel Fabricators. Learn more by clicking here.
Please note there are safety training requirements in the different provinces.
Alberta Job Ready Dispatch Required Courses:
CSTS - 09 Certification
OSSA Confined Space Entry
OSSA Fall Protection
Respiratory Fit Certifications (4 Masks) Recommended Certifications:
***Important - Respiratory Fit Tickets must state the following in order to be valid for the Alberta Job Ready Dispatch:
Lodge 191 in Victoria BC is looking for welders and fitters. If you are willing to travel to Victoria to work at Victoria Shipyard this may be the opportunity for you.
If you have any questions, call Lodge 191 at (250) 383-4196.
Please note: There is no living out or travel allowances for work in the shipyard.
Due to the retirement of Phil Halley at the end of January 2017, International Representative Richard MacIntosh will be stepping into the role. He can be contacted at:
Please be advised that Brother MacIntosh's office is on the west coast and he will be contacting members over the next few months.
International President Jones has announced the 2017 Scholarship Program competition sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. $12,000 has been designated to Canadian students who are a son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of a member in good standing. Applications will be accepted until March 1. Applications postmarked after March 1, 2017 cannot be considered.
The 350 minimum word typed essay topic is:
Discuss the potential impact of trade deals like CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) signed in October 2016 and TP (trans-Pacific Partnership) which has yet to be ratified, on Boilermaker jobs in North America.
The scholarships are open 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 their high school graduation.
Members wishing more information are advised to contact their local lodge for more information.
It is the responsibility of the Member to ensure that monthly dues are kept current and that contact information is updated when required. Note that you will not receive a dispatch through any local across Canada and will not be allowed to work on permit if your dues are in arrears for 2 consecutive months. Reinstatement is at the discretion of the Union and fines may be imposed. Reinstatement is not always granted.
To inquire about your dues, please contact .
Payment can be made through Pay Pal by clicking here OR send by mail to:
IBB Local 133
#204, 10059-118 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 0B9
Local 73 will be contacting you to do a weld test the first week in August. If you are a member in good standing and do not receive a call by July 24th, please contact local 73 to provide your contact information and let them know you are interested in testing.
When you accept a dispatch from ANY IBB union hall across Canada please make sure that they know you are a Local 133 Member.
When you do not do this, problems arise with the monthly dues that are deducted from your pay. When a dispatching hall does not know that you are a Member, payments made on your behalf do NOT end up in your Local 133 account and this can inadvertently result in you being suspended. It is your responsibility to make sure that all involved know you are a Local 133 Member when accepting a dispatch.
If you have questions concerning this, please contact Richard MacIntosh at .
Lodge 191 is reporting there is a need for Wire & Stick CWB welders, all positions. There is work in the Shipyard and Shops in the Victoria area. Anyone with questions regarding the opportunities for employment please contact Lodge 191 at (250) 383-4196.
As the spring shutdowns are approaching, Members are encouraged to log into Members Only on a regular basis and check for new Job Call postings. Note: You must be active on the Travel Card Pool to apply for these job calls.
I have been in contact with Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). They should be requiring additional manpower in early March. AFTER you apply online (in Members Only) for job calls that have been posted by Local 146, call (780)701-0020 between 9am-11am MST.
Give the following information to the receptionist:
Be patient, if you do not receive a call back. The next day, call back and repeat this process. Do not re bid online, just call. This will greatly help the dispatcher to expedite his work.
To check out employment through Local 359 (Vancouver, B.C.) contact the dispatcher, Al Dingwal, Monday thru Friday between 1pm - 3pm PST at (778)369-3594.
Local 555 informed me that they anticipate the need for Travel Card members in early April.
Other useful contact information:
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At this time there are no changes to the membership requirements for Local 133.
Local 133 will continue to accept applications for membership from tradespeople who possess Red Seal Boilermaker, Red Seal Welder and/or Red Seal Fabricator certifications. Welders with provincial certificates of qualification may also apply.
If you do not currently have one of these qualifications and are interested in challenging the Boilermaker Red Seal certification, please contact Richard MacIntosh at or call Toll-free 1-855-554-8542.
The following lodges have updated their rumour lists:
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has initiated a labour movement wide boycott due to a request by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). Members of NUPGE has been on strike since April 10, 2013 against Labatt Brewing Company in St. John's, Newfoundland. This plant is owned by multinational corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev.
The following are the targeted beers on the boycott list:
Please respect the national boycott.
To donate click here
Make the donation to John Gras participant #171373-0 .
Bill C-377 will be sent back to the house of commons by the senate with amends. Review CLC President Ken Georgetti's letter by clicking here. Thank you to all members who took the time to contact the Canadian Senates regarding the Bill.
From Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress President, regarding Bill C-377:
To: Members of the Canadian Council
Re: Update on Bill C-377
In anticipation of the consideration of C-377 at third reading in the Senate, we sent the attached letter last week to all Senators urging them to defeat the bill. It very accurately summarizes everything that is wrong with C-377.
Access to information requests have yielded results and now reporters are beginning to take notice that high levels of government activity preceded even before Russ Hiebert introduced his bill in the fall of 2011, indicating the government is using private members' business to conduct what is properly government work. Below is a link to a story in today's Globe and Mail:
Currently Liberal Senators and Conservative Senator Hugh Segal are proposing amendments to the bill in the Senate.
Yesterday, the Senate Government House Leader Marjory Lebreton announced if necessary, the Senate would sit into July to pass outstanding legislation, including Bill C-377.
The Boilermakers encourage all members of the union to write the Senators to defeat Bill C-377. To contact the senators in your province click here. To read the letter from the CLC to all the Senators regarding this Bill click here.
Starting on Monday June 17th, the Canadian Senate will be debating Bill C-377. This Bill has been created by the Harper Government to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) which requires that all unions publish senior officers' salaries and benefits, lists of assets and liabilities, loans receivable, time and money spent on organizing activities, members' pension payments over $5,000 and other data, under threat of $1,000-a day fines. All this information will used by special interest groups that want to rid Canada of Unions. Click here for more information on Bill C-377.
All members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers are advised to write the senators in their province (see the end of this post) asking them to defeat the bill for some of the following reasons:
To contact the senators in your province click here.