BC Wildfires Assistance

As you are aware forest fires have impacted our province and communities where IUOE members work and live.  In Williams Lake and the surrounding area it is estimated that there are more than 600 members from Locals 115,882 & 959 who have been temporarily displaced.  The long term impact is unknown at this time.  Several Local 882 members have stayed in town to ensure the fire hall remained open and that pumping stations, generators and heavy equipment are available for use when needed.   They are committed to keeping critical city services running as long as possible.

Local 963’s Officers have approved a donation to assist fellow IUOE members similar to the donation made to assist in last years wildfires at Fort McMurray Alberta, at $10 per member.

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Vancouver Board of Education Superintendent’s Message to Operations and Grounds Employees, February 8, 2017



I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the hard work of our grounds and operations staff over the past while.  It’s very clear that the weather this winter has added huge amounts to your workloads.  I very much appreciate the flexibility and efforts that have gone into ensuring our schools and grounds are as safe as possible for our students, families, staff and the general public.  People are sometimes quick to criticize but it’s very clear to me that you are all doing excellent work in your roles and I want to thank you for that.


Scott Robinson



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Local 963 Members Make Donation to Fort McMurray

At the General Membership meeting of May 7, 2016, a motion was carried by the membership to donate an amount equal to $10 per member to the Fort McMurray disaster fund.  Local 963 Business Manager Tim De Vivo said “there are many Operating Engineers who have been impacted by this disaster and Locals across Canada, as well as the International-through the National Charitable Fund- are stepping up to provide assistance.  This is what we do in Canada- support each other in times of need.”

When informed of the donation, IUOE Local 955 Business Manager Bruce Moffatt (Edmonton Alberta) replied, in part, “Thank you very much for the support.  We have now had about 900 members through the union hall in the last two days who are Fort Mac [residents] who our Local is funding with immediate relief.”  Of the estimated 1,600 homes destroyed by the wildfire “we should count on at least 100 members losing their homes,” he added.  “The stories we have heard over the last two days are difficult…[and] most of the people in rented accommodation had no tenant insurance.  The impact is so profound.”

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IUOE 963 wins the Labour Award of Distinction

The Labour Award of Distinction is presented to a union and its members that have demonstrated a commitment to community and to furthering the values shared by United Way and the Labour Movement.

The selection committee note the following reason for presenting the award to IUOE 963. Contributions and participation in the union’s annual United Way campaign has steadily increased over the past several years. This is in addition to the IUOE workers’ participation in the VSB United Way workplace campaign. The union’s fundraising events include the popular annual United Way Breakfast. The IUOE 963 also supports labour education initiatives such as the CLC United Way Union Counselling program which provides peer support and referral services through the workplace.

Business Manager Tim De Vivo accepted the award on behalf of the membership and executive board, commenting that the IUOE is proud to do its part to assist the great work of the United Way.

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Cafeteria Event with John Bishop

Thursday April 14, 2010

Top Vancouver chef John Bishop to hold first of two special training session with Vancouver Board of Education cafeteria and food workers – on Saturday April 16 at 10 a.m. at Windermere Secondary School

Top Vancouver chef and author John Bishop will hold the first of two special training sessions for Vancouver Board of Education cafeteria and food workers this Saturday April 16 starting at 10 a.m. at Windermere Secondary School, 3155 East 27th Avenue.

The training session is being jointly sponsored by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 963, which represents the workers and others, and the Vancouver Board of Education.

John Bishop is owner of world-class fine dining restaurant Bishop’s at 2183 West 4th Avenue

in Vancouver, a perennial award-winner that has served presidents, premiers and famous celebrities since 1985.

Bishop’s latest book is Fresh – a compilation of more than 100 recipes and the stories behind the ingredients. For more information on the restaurant and book, please visit: http://www.bishopsonline.com/

Bishop will be offering tips and tricks of the restaurant trade as well as his views on the need to support local farms and food producers to a range of workers from Red Seal certified trained chefs who work in the VBE’s high school teaching cafeterias to workers who serve hot lunches in the schools.

[British celebrity chef and TV show host Jamie Oliver prompted increased attention to providing healthy food in school cafeterias in the United Kingdom in 2005 through his own personal campaign http://www.jamieoliver.com/school-dinners]

Media are invited to attend, film and speak to John Bishop and workers at the course.

Operating Engineers Local 963 Business Manager Tim De Vivo and President Tim Chester will be at the training session for comment as well.

A second training session with different workers attending will be held at Windermere on Saturday April 30 as well.

For more information: Call Bill Tieleman, West Star Communications, at 604-844-7827 or cell 778-896-0964 Website: www.iuoe963.ca

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