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U.A. Membership Cards and Dues

February 16th, 2017

Please be advised that tax receipts will be going out shortly. For those of you who have not picked up your new union card they will be included along with a note on your dues status. This will serve as a final warning to those members in arrears. If you are 3 months in arrears you become a suspended member and we cannot dispatch you for work.

Pat Dool

Business Manager

Working At Heights

February 16th, 2017

As of April 1, 2017 the mandatory Working at Heights legislation comes into effect. There are approximately 16 of our members who require this training. Local 628 may be able to get one course for 10 people before this date but we need your immediate response. After April 1st Local 628 cannot send out members if the job requires this ticket.

Proposal to Tax Employer-Paid Health Care Premiums

February 2nd, 2017

Click on the link below to read Union Benefit’s letter addressed to Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, Ontario.

Federal Proposal to Tax Private Health Care Premiums



New “Stronger with Labour” Campaign Website

January 23rd, 2017

Please read the message below from James Hogarth, Business Manager of the Ontario Pipe Trades Council. If you would like to submit a story please email it to “pat628@tbaytel.net”.

Unionized Labour

U.A. Election Results

January 18th, 2017

Thanks to all who voted in the recent election. To those of you who have not heard the results were as follows;

  • Business Manager – Pat Dool
  • President – Mark Zysko
  • Vice President – Terry Melnick
  • Executive Board – Jim Hill, Mike Otto, Greg Tait and newly elected Colin Hotson
  • Dan Rojik has been appointed as the new Business Agent

Training Update

January 18th, 2017

Dan has been busy going through Working at Heights and all other mandatory training, contacting members to assure that their training is up to date.

Please monitor our website for future updates to the training program. As the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 has been a flurry of activity we have yet to set up new course offerings for 2017.


January 18th, 2017

Newgold has the balance of our membership working as well as 40 plus travel cards. We are keeping our ear to the ground as far as any future prospects in the mining sector and will update when appropriate. Hopefully the spring/summer newsletter will have more concrete news as well as updates for future 628 activities.

Annual Pension/Health & Welfare Meeting

January 18th, 2017

Dates have yet to be confirmed but due to many members working out of town we are leaning towards a fall session.

UA Local 628 Election, 2016

November 24th, 2016

As most of our members are aware, we are having a by-election for the remainder of this term which will be until December 31, 2017. All members will have the opportunity to vote at 2 locations. The first will be at the Emo Inn, for our members working at the New Gold site, and any other members in that area. The walk in voting times for that location will be from 2PM – 9PM on Saturday December 3rd. On Sunday December 4th walk in voting will also be held at the Union Hall from 3PM – 7PM. Please make every effort to come to one of those locations to cast your ballot.


If you have any questions regarding the balloting, please contact us at the Union Hall.

Mandatory Working at Heights Training

October 18th, 2016

We have some more dates confirmed for the mandatory Working at Heights Training. The classes will be held Saturdays November 5th, 12th, and December 3rd. The classes will run here at the Union Hall from 8AM – 4PM. Contact me at the office if you would like to sign up for one of these classes.



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