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Hoodies/Shirts Have Arrived!

May 19th, 2017

For those of you who have placed an order for hoodies and long sleeve shirts, they are ready to be picked up at the hall.


Medium, Large, XLarge – $49.00

2XLarge – $51.00

3XLarge – $52.00

4XLarge – $54.00

Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $31.00

(cash, cheque or e-transfer accepted)




Energy East

May 17th, 2017

To All Members;

There is an extremely important City Council Meeting Monday, May 29th. It seems City Council would like to pass a motion indicating the city does not support the Energy East Pipeline. We must show a presence there to let them know that it would not only be an economical benefit to Thunder Bay but to Canada as a whole. Read more…

UA Sponsors – The Push for Change – Ending Youth Homelessness

March 16th, 2017

Good Day Brothers,

In our day to day lives we are consumed with the pressures of taking care of ourselves and our families. In doing this we sometimes forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. Those people who we see everyday but sometimes, due to circumstances beyond their control, fall through the cracks. Homeless youth are one of these groups and there is someone out there trying to do something about it.

Joe Roberts was one of those people and through the help of caring compassionate people managed to turn his life around and now wants to give back. His goal is to help end youth homelessness. When he approached Brother Telford and Brother Snooks they immediately jumped on board and the UA became his foundations prime sponsor.

Although this notice is somewhat late, and for that I apologize, but we at Local 628 must try and support Joe and his cause. Taking care of people who otherwise can’t take care of themselves is a principle of our Brotherhood and on Sunday, March 19th at the Current River Community Center we can show our community that we, as UA members, do care. Head office has asked, and I agree, that we have a presence at his events. Although we missed his events on March 15th please take time out of your busy schedules to show support for an extremely worthy cause on Sunday, March 19th. I listened to his story at the Salvation Army on Wednesday and understood immediately why the UA stepped up to support this cause and this man in particular.

For particulars go to “The Push for Change” facebook page or contact me at 620-4006. Lets not sit on our hands on this one Brothers. If you decide to attend call a co-worker or fellow Brother and persuade them to attend also.

Fraternally Yours,

Pat Dool

Rigging Course

March 9th, 2017

Many of you are inquiring about the Rigging Course. We are hoping to be able to offer this course after the Medical Gas course at the end of June.


March 9th, 2017

Local 628 will now be able to accept E-transfers for payment of union dues. Please call the union hall for details.

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
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