All Local 963 members should have received a letter with a web link to the Provincial Bargaining Survey. For those who prefer a paper copy of the survey, these are available by calling the union office at 604-876-6287. All surveys are due April 16, 2018. Your input is appreciated.
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.
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.