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Local 6

Local 6 staff are busy negotiating renewal collective agreements for members employed by BCR Electric Limited, Cirrus Management Contracting Limited, M.W. Coating Systems Ltd., Provincial Construction Limited, Randen Electrical Systems, Rankin Construction Inc., and SKM Electrical Services Inc. The local is pleased to have recently renewed collective agreements with BGIS Integrated Technical Services Canada Ltd. (formerly Airon Group) and D.A. Drywall 2017 Inc.

The board met on October 18 and received reports of ongoing bargaining unit activities, financial statements, and information for the CLAC National Convention, which was held December 6 – 8 in Lake Louise, Alberta. Brent Smith and Cam Beldman served as Local 6 delegates for the convention. Due to the retirement of President Sal Garzia, the board elected new positions.

Your Local 6 Board

Brent Smith, President, Rankin Construction Inc.

Cam Beldman, Vice-President, Schilthuis Construction Inc.

Paul Messina, Treasurer, Demik Construction Company Ltd.

Mark O’Grady, Secretary, Demik Construction Company Ltd.

Sean Belzner, Member at Large, Schilthuis Construction Inc.

Nic Euler, Member at Large, Ontario Redi-Mix

Lance Silva, Member at Large, O’Connor Electric

In Memoriam

The local mourns the sudden passing of Dan Wihoda, a 15-year member who worked at Besseling Mechanical as a plumber. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Besseling Mechanical community.

Local 52

The Local 52 Board most recently met on October 18, 2023. Local staff reported that they continue negotiations for approximately eight companies represented out of the Mississauga, Cambridge, and Sudbury Member Centres and provided the board with specific details.

Local staff also reported on seven collective agreement settlements that have been achieved for the members of the local that have been ratified. Local staff also walked through these in detail with the board. The board will also be updated on each of the special cases and organizing initiatives that local staff are involved in.

The board reviewed the local’s financials along with the training opportunities that are available to members. It also reviewed the materials for CLAC’s National Convention held December 6-8 in Lake Louise, Alberta. Jeffrey DaCruz, John Schenk, and Jordan Gath were appointed by the board to represent the local at the convention.

The board welcomes Dami Kolade to the representation Team in Sudbury to help with the daily work of the local. The board’s next meeting will take place in the first quarter of 2024.

Your Local 52 Board

John Schenk, Secretary (Romag Contracting Ltd.)

Jacqueline Myers, Member at Large (North Frontenac Telephone Haliburton Corp.)

Jane Penchion, Member at Large (Wallwin Electric Services Limited)

Christian Cummings, Member at Large (Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.)

Luis Silva, Member at Large (Montana Electrical Contractors Ltd.)

Jeffrey Da Cruz, Member at Large (Chandos Construction Ltd.)

Local 53

The Local 53 Board regularly meets quarterly, having convened on October 20th for the annual general meeting (AGM) and a regular board meeting. The board will next meet in the first quarter of 2024.

The AGM agenda included reporting of the 2022 financial statement prepared by BDO Dunwoody, a report on the local’s activity, and elections for positions on the Local 53 Board.

Harold Chordash and Sean Clemens were appointed by the board as delegates to represent the local at the CLAC National Convention held December 6-8 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Local 53 representatives based at the Chatham and Cambridge Member Centres continue to guide a busy year of collective agreement renewals and first collective agreements. Welcome is extended to the newest members of Local 53 from Arcon Electric Ltd., based in London.

Leading into 2024, Local 53’s membership total continues to exceed previous annual records, now averaging nearly 1,700 members employed at 49 different construction workplaces across southwestern Ontario.

Thank You, Harold and Sheila!

Two long-serving and prominent members of the board, Harold Chordash and Sheila Davis, have chosen to step down from their positions.

Harold was elected to the board in 2009 and served as secretary in 2012, vice-president in 2014, and president in 2016. He also served as a trustee on the CLAC Eastern and Western Health and Welfare Plan for about 15 years and retired from that role a few years ago. He’s served as union steward for multiple terms and on the bargaining committee for several collective agreement renewals. He retired from the board following his delegated attendance at the National Convention in Lake Louise, Alberta. He is still actively employed at Graceview Enterprises Inc. and hopes to continue with work for a while yet.

Sheila served on the board for the past eight years. In the past three years, she has served as the vice-president. She recently retired from employment at VanRooyen Earthmoving Ltd.

The local extends its gratitude to both Harold and Sheila for their dedication and diligence over the years on behalf of the membership. The board welcomes Miranda VanRooyen as newly elected to a position on the board.

Your Local 53 Board

Brad Mead (Pro Electric Inc.)

Dennis Preszcator (J.M.R. Electric Ltd.)

Dave Knapp (Graceview Enterprises Inc.)

Larry Mote (J.M.R. Electric Ltd.)

Sean Clemens (Liftsafe Engineering & Service Group)

Miranda VanRooyen (VanRooyen Earthmoving Ltd.)

Roger Grootenboer (CLAC Representative)

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