The demand for skills from our members has slowed down in recent times, but we expect it to be stronger again in the near future. Much remains to be done to develop the resources of northern Alberta. In a few years, our members will be involved in major construction projects and their day-to-day maintenance. When I joined the union, I received a huge automatic increase in my salary. I was treated with respect. I had a replacement. They had a policy against verbal abuse and harassment. There were no setbacks, and people didn`t shoot you to look better so they could climb the ladder. It was a whole different environment! Check out our library of Agreements – Forms documents for the latest salary information. When workers regroup and vote in favour of union membership, they use their collective strength to ensure that they are treated and paid fairly by their employer and that their workplace is safe. The principle is simple — together, employees are stronger than you as individuals. “If I wasn`t unionized, I was told that I wasn`t good, that I wouldn`t find a job anywhere else, that I was lucky enough to have this job… there were threats like “You should improve overtime, or if it gets slow, you will lose your job and your family will suffer because you have no benefits….
And that was a lie. Here are the big differences between what our members receive and what many non-unionists get: First, start with a phone call (780-452-7080), an email, or a visit to our Edmonton headquarters (16214 118 Avenue) or our Fort McMurray office (9703A Franklin Avenue T9H 2K1). If you are a registered apprentice, we will refer you to our education department, where you will do some paperwork and be informed of our shipping system and the rules for the apprentice`s call-outs. If you are a Journeyman, we will check your business data and copy your driver`s license and commercial tickets. They fill out a number of documents related to both membership and our benefit and retirement plans. The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488 received its certificate in 1904. Today, Local 488 has more than 10,000 members and is the busiest Aboriginal in North America when it comes to pipeline trade.