Local Lodge 99

A message from Business Representative and Organizer Matt Barnable:

“Attention all members of Local Lodge 99. We have filed an application for certification to represent approximately 95 employees of Weldco Heavy Industries at Fort Mackay AB as of January 17, 2019. We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to represent these workers should we be successful in getting certification with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. It takes courage for workers to join together to make a change, and we are optimistic of what the future holds for the IAM and these employees. The certification process can take some time, and we will keep you updated as it progresses."

Below is a message from Business Representative Kevin Clark:

"To our Finning members in the Fort McMurray region. The Union is gathering information to support a grievance on the issue of Finning adding the 'random' component to their Drug and Alcohol testing policy. Currently, Suncor and their supporters recently received a ruling at the Alberta Court of Appeal to return the matter in front of an Arbitrator to adjudicate. Suncor is not waiting for the Arbitrator to rule and has announced the implementation of the 'random' aspect of testing on December 1st. Currently in Canada, this is a violation of your rights and freedoms. However, until there is a decision our members must obey and grieve later so for those working on Suncor sites please be aware that you may be randomly selected and the results may have consequences. The Union will deal with those but only when the matter has been decided in the Courts or by an Arbitrator. Keep in touch with your Stewards for more information to follow when it becomes available."


After some delays, members now have ballots in-hand. There have been reports of more than one set of ballots in the package shipped from Black Cat Printing. There are two errors here:

  1. there should only be one set of ballots in the envelope
  2. The sheet of ballots were supposed to be sliced horizontally between each of the three ballots. Had this been done, the instructions would have been correct.

If anyone has this situation, please mark the second ballot sheet with "spoiled" across the ballots and return it with the properly filled out ballot sheet. The executive needs to track the number of instances of double stuffed envelopes.

The ballot sheet goes into the white envelope and that envelope goes into the self addressed and stamped envelope. This package needs to be in the mail and to the Union office by Dec 12.

In addition, there have been two candidates who have removed their names from the ballot after the ballots were mailed: James Lesoway and Dennis Callihoo are no longer in the election.

Morgan Eisthen is therefore awarded the position of Conductor Sentinel by acclaimation.