Welcome to the website of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 963, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. INQUIRIES FOR CONSTRUCTION, PIPELINE WORK, ETC. SHOULD BE MADE TO LOCAL 115, BURNABY, B.C.

You can contact us by phone at 604-876-6287. Our office is located at 707 Durward Ave in Vancouver. Click here to e-mail the union with any questions you may have.

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June 30, 2014

Re-payable Emergency Assistance

Members who are still interested in taking advantage the Local's
Re-Payable Emergency Assistance program please note there will be another opportunity to apply on Thursday July 3, 2014 from 1:00- 5:00 pm at the union office, 707 Durward Ave., Vancouver.

Please bring picture I.D. with you.

June 30, 2014

New Office Assistant

Local 963 is pleased to introduce our new Office Assistant, Judith Smith. Judith comes to us with a wealth of experience and we look forward to incorporating this expertise into the Local's operations.

Please direct general inquiries to your shop steward, particularly while Judith becomes familiar with our membership and the duties required to perform this work.

June 27, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Teachers' Strike

Q. Do I have to attend my place of work every day of the strike?
A. Yes. We have a valid collective agreement and are expected to attend the job site every day of the strike.

Q. What can happen if I don't attend work every day of the strike?
A. The employer can issue discipline.

Q. What should I do if I show up for work at my usual start time and there are no pickets anywhere around the school/worksite?
A. We have a valid contract and you must work.

Q. Will all schools/worksites be picketed out by teachers?
A. At this point the BCTF has said it intends to picket summer school if a deal is not reached by June 30th. This means all other schools/worksites will not be picketed. Members are expected to work.

Q. Essential Service levels for next week and beyond have yet to be determined by the Labour Relations Board. What does this mean to me as a member?
A. The only impact would be if the Labour Relations Board designated certain jobs an Essential Service. These jobs would have to be performed. (Check this website for updates on this issue).

Q. The Provincial Framework Agreement contains a provision to pay back regularly scheduled wages if support staff cannot work due to pickets. When can I expect to see this money?
A. For wages lost in May and June 2014: Within 30 days of ratification of local bargaining. This is not expected until the fall of 2014.

Q. The Framework Agreement also covers the period "after June." This means that should members face pickets after June 2014, regularly scheduled wages will be covered. When can I expect to see this money?
A. For the period "after June", this retro-active money is subject to ratification of the teachers' collectove agreement.

June 24, 2014

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 963 Re-Payable Emergency Assistance

The IUOE Local 963 Executive Board has moved a Motion designed to assist members during the current dispute between teachers ("BCTF") and the provincial government ("BCPSEA").

The Re-Payable Emergency Assistance Fund (the "Fund") is intended to provide some form of compensation to members who cannot work due to pickets.

The Provincial Framework Agreement provides for the recovery of lost wages for all scheduled hours that were impacted by pickets, but at a later date. This date will be "within 30 days of ratification of a new collective agreement by a board of education, local union and BCPSEA, the board will reimburse each employee...for all scheduled hours that the employee would have worked." This is not expected until the fall of 2014.

The Fund is intended to partially assist with this deferral of income and will be capped. The Fund will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will cease once the Fund has been depleted.


Bi-weekly employees (permanent staff, including part time) will have 60 days from the date of ratification of the local agreement (as above) to re-pay the amount advanced without service charge or interest. Casual (timesheet) employees will have one year from the date on the cheque to re-pay the amount, without service charge or interest. FAILING RE-PAYMENT BY THE RESPECTIVE DUE DATES, THE LOCAL UNION WILL ASSESS THIS AMOUNT THROUGH THE EMPLOYER'S PAYROLL SYSTEM.

Maximum Eligible Amounts:

Members working up to and including 4.0 hours per day will be eligible for up to $200.00, subject to available money in the Fund.

Members working greater than 4.0 hours per day are eligible for up to $300.00, subject to available money in the Fund.

How to Apply:

In person at the IUOE office (707 Durward Ave. Vancouver, BC) on the following days:

Friday June 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday June 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

What you need to bring with you:

Picture Identification (drivers licence or other similar picture ID)
Social Insurance number

Can I pick up a cheque for someone other than me?

No. Members must apply in person.

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