Local 128 News

March Union Meeting Cancelled

Attention All Members:

As a result of the ongoing provincial government safety orders due to the coronavirus, be advised that the union meeting on Wednesday March 10th will be cancelled.

2021 Convention Nominations & Elections

Important information regarding the 2021 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 34th Consolidated Convention is available by logging in to Members Only (select “Lodges” in the main menu and then the “Local 128” tab).

Topics include:

  1. Jan 29: Communications from International President Newton Jones
  2. Feb 23: Notice of Convention Nominations and Elections

International Women’s Day Virtual Celebration

The Hamilton and District Labour Council (HDLC) 2021 International Women’s Day celebration will be held virtually on March 10, 2021 and will feature inspiring speakers, a musical performance and door prizes. For more information or to register, see the following links:

IWD 2021 Online Event – HDLC (hamiltonlabour.ca)

Webinar Registration – Zoom

Winter Power Sports Safety Tips

Tip 1 – Speed: Ride at a realistic speed to prevent injury and reduce the risk of accidents.

Tip 2 – Tethers: Invest in a tether to shut the motor off if you are separated from your machine. Always wear the tether when sledding.

Tip 3 – Ice: No matter the season, be cautious around frozen water. Be aware of the ice depth and strength, and stagger snowmobiles while crossing. Grey and slushy ice should be avoided!

Tip 4 – The Buddy System: No matter your skill level, ride with at least one other person and stay together.

Tip 5 – Don’t Exceed Skill Set: Make sure everyone in the group is comfortable with the trip plan and that it matches their abilities. Never give a young person a machine with more horsepower than they can safely operate.

Tip 6 – PPE: Dress for the weather and always wear your helmet.

Tip 7 – Sobriety: Never operate a snow machine under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving a snow machine while impaired carries the same penalties as operating a motor vehicle.

Tip 8 – Be prepared for an emergency with a first aid kit, signally flares, something to build a fire if needed.

Five Key Safety Guidelines for Riding in Avalanche Country

Tip 1 – GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them.

Tip 2 – GET THE TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.

Tip 3 – GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.

Tip 4 – GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath slopes is dangerous.

Tip 5 – GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t go to help your stuck friend. Don’t group up in runout zones.

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Enjoy your adventure, have fun and play safe.

February Union Meeting Cancelled

Attention All Members:

Due to the ongoing provincial government’s COVID-19 state of emergency and stay-at-home order, be advised that the Wednesday, February 10th union meeting is cancelled.

Canada needs to support its resource sector

The following article, submitted by International Representative Richard MacIntosh, was posted in the Edmonton Journal on January 22, 2021.

Investment in green technology will be critical, Richard MacIntosh writes.

When it comes to Canada’s natural resources, I can almost chant the numbers: 909 resource communities, 1.9 million jobs, $86 billion in investment.

Canada is No. 1 in the world for producing potash, No. 1 for canola, No. 2 for uranium, No. 5 for gold, No. 10 for copper. And No. 3 in the world for the area of forests and for oil reserves.

We now need all our resources to play their role in Canada’s recovery from the pandemic slump, and in Alberta and other provinces where resources underpin the economy. Investments in innovation and technology to support natural-resource development for the energy industry are vital, and create a win-win story for people and the environment.

Governments need to support such initiatives, which enable us to be greener when we extract, process, export and use energy resources. We rank No. 2 on the Global Clean-tech Innovation Index and have made real progress in tackling greenhouse-gas emissions from the oilsands and the oil and gas industry. But there’s more to be done.

We need to take a good look, for example, at the opportunities hydrogen can bring — in employment, wages and tax base — along with its zero emissions when used as a fuel.

Around the world, there are more than 1,800 LNG-fuelled electricity plants in various stages of construction. There is room to convert these to hydrogen, with small changes to the fuel-delivery system. I am a boilermaker, and I know. Canada can provide LNG, yes; but we can also provide hydrogen.

We also need to step up carbon-capture technology, which can decrease Canada’s carbon leakage, and at the same time create employment opportunities.

Look at three carbon-capture projects we have done in Canada: Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan, Shell Quest in Alberta, and the NWR Sturgeon refinery, also in Alberta. They created 6,121 total jobs, $1.6 billion in wages and benefits and generated $2.7 billion in GDP across Canada.

A Canadian white paper on large-scale carbon capture proposes a refundable capital tax credit provided in advance of construction of carbon-capture facilities, a tax credit focused on expenditures during the study and design phase of a project, and a production tax credit, similar to that of the 45Q incentive in the United States, to address competitiveness issues. Can we move on these?

And let’s consider some common sense in efficiencies: Why did we have to send 450,000 barrels of Alberta oil by tanker through the Panama Canal to New Brunswick, a journey of 12,000 kilometres in total? Because we don’t have pipeline capacity to do it.

Canada needs to support our own industries before we support the industries of other countries. We should build a pipeline across the country to deliver our oil to Canadians. And we can build a power line so Quebec can export its hydroelectricity.

As a union guy, I have to plead with governments to bring unions into the discussion about the future. They understand resource development and economics.

What does labour want to see from governments? Ensure job creation:

  • establish a regulatory and policy environment that encourages investment in industry in order to get Canadians back to work;
  • co-ordinate with industry to address pending labour shortages and the disruption of the natural-resources sector’s labour force;
  • work with provinces and territories to modernize Canada’s education and training systems to better support lifelong learning;
  • emphasize flexible, affordable training and continued skills development;
  • enhance skilled-workforce mobility;
  • advance Indigenous employment by working with their governments;
  • increase employment retention and readiness for skills development;
  • step up training on the economy. We train people to become great workers in this country, but we do not take the time to explain how the economy works.

There’s a prescription for economic recovery and the economic future.

Richard MacIntosh is an international representative for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Canada and serves as the Boilermakers international assistant director of climate-change policy solutions. The union is also an adviser to the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery.

Stop Michigan from closing Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


The Sarnia Building Trades and the Sarnia-Lambton’s Labour Unions have launched a petition “Canadians: Stop Michigan from closing Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline”.

The shutdown of this pipeline may jeopardize work opportunities for all trades including Boilermakers in the Sarnia region. That is why I am asking you to read the information provided in the links and then please consider signing the petition.  The goal is to reach 100,000 signatures.


You can read further and then sign the petition here:

I thank you for your assistance in supporting this very important endeavor on behalf of all Boilermakers.

Fraternally yours,

Business Manager / Secretary Treasurer
Boilermakers Local 128

News Vessel: Fall/Winter Edition

To read the Fall/Winter 2020 edition of the Boilermaker Local 128 News Vessel, please login to the national Members website and select “Lodges” in the main menu then the “Local 128” tab.

Purple Ribbon Food Bank Donations

The need to support food banks is greater than ever this year. The Pandemic has affected many individuals and Boilermakers Local 128 in Ontario has responded in Purple Fashion. The Executive Board and Business Manager Roy Grills with the approval of the members have made 6 donations of $5000 each to food banks in Ontario. Food banks in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Hamilton, Kingston, and Sarnia have all received $5000. The total donation of $30 000 will help assist those in need over the holiday season. The generosity and kindness of the Boilermakers will hopefully bring some relief and happiness during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas.

Darrell Bray Boilermaker Business Representative for North Western Ontario donates on behalf of the membership to Volker Kromm Executive Director of Regional Food Distribution in Thunder Bay.
Sudbury Donation: Our Children Our Future
Sault Ste. Marie Donation: Soup Kitchen Community
Hamilton Donation: Food Share
Sarnia Donation: Inn of the Good Sheppard
Sarnia Donation: Inn of the Good Sheppard
Kingston Donation: Partners in Mission Food Bank
Kingston Donation: Partners in Mission Food Bank