Tell Your MP To Support Energy East

A friendly reminder to get members / office staff / neighbours, etc. to e-mail their MP in regards to Energy East. Let’s hit them with as many people as possible from all over the province.

The link below is easy and takes less than 2 minutes to complete.

The Energy East pipeline project is in danger of being cancelled. 

Energy East is a nation-building infrastructure project. It will create jobs and prosperity for middle-class Canadians. It will also get our energy resources to people around the world who in a recent survey, said if they had a choice, would pick oil and natural gas developed the Canadian way.

But the National Energy Board (NEB) has imposed another review on this critical pipeline project in what seems to be a never-ending regulatory process that threatens to keep Canadian energy infrastructure projects in eternal limbo.

We need to act NOW – send your MP a letter and tell them this project is good for Canada.

We only have 30 days to get our decision-makers to let the NEB know we don’t need another review and more delays.  That’s the length of time requested by TransCanada as it makes a decision on the future of Energy East.

As Energy Citizens, let’s stand up for jobs, billions of dollars for the Canadian economy, and oil and gas developed the Canadian way.

Please take two minutes to send a letter in support of the Energy East project.

Thank you.
Canada’s Energy Citizens

Job Opportunity: Receptionist (Cape Breton)

The Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC) has one (1) opening for a Receptionist position in its Sydney, NS office. The successful candidate is an experienced receptionist in a fast-paced environment.

The ACRC represents unionized carpenters, millwrights, and allied workers throughout Atlantic Canada and is a part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) with more than 500,000 members across North America.

24 Cossitt Heights Drive, Sydney, NS B1P 7E8

Monday to Friday, (8 hours per day, 40 hours per week)

The successful candidate must possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and time-management skills, and have a commitment to excellence in their field.  The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Advanced expertise in a Windows environment, including the full suite of Microsoft office programs: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Completion of a diploma or degree in administrative support and / or business is strongly preferred
  • Three to five years of related work experience is an asset
  • Effective problem solving abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Deadline and detail-oriented with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Well organized and can manage tasks simultaneously; can effectively document and process information in an organized system

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Competitive health and dental plan, and pension.

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume stating qualifications and experience by email to no later than Friday, October 13, 2017.

Please indicate ‘Receptionist-CB’ in the subject line of your email.

NL Building Trades Branding Contest

As you may know, the Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trades has been working with m5 marketing communications on our rebranding campaign, and in the coming weeks we will be unveiling our new logo.

To help mark the occasion, we will donate $1,000 each to 16 charities/organizations/youth groups. Building trades members with LU 579 and LU 1009 are invited to nominate a charity/organization/group of their choice (one nomination per member) with the top 16 vote-getters each receiving a $1,000 donation from the NL Building Trades.

To participate, qualified building trades members (in good standing) must email the following to

Subject Line: Branding Contest

In the body of the email indicate your name and local union name/number and the charity/organization/group of your choice.

Deadline for entering the contest is Friday, October 27, 2017.

Winners will be announced at an event to unveil the new building trades logo.

Robert J. Watson Bursary now accepting applications online

If you are the parent of a student who is currently attending a post-secondary academic institution on a full-time basis, then your child may be eligible to win a $1,000 bursary through the Robert J. Watson National Bursary Program.

The application submission period is open from September 15, 2017 and will close November 22, 2017. 

A total of 88 bursaries are available to win to children of union members whose local union has within its jurisdiction a General Presidents’ Maintenance or National Maintenance agreement.

For more information on the program, or to apply, please visit

Local 83 scaffolders required immediately

Scaffolders of all levels are required to start work immediately on an upcoming project based in Halifax, NS.

A Fingerprints Applicant Request Form (Contract Security Program) and a Controlled Goods Program Security Assessment Application form are required to be completed in order to be job-ready.

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact Michelle Osmond, Dispatcher, at 902-454-5100 extension 0 or by email at

Notice of Special Called Meetings

Local 83 will be holding a series of Special Called Meetings to provide the Executive Director of the Mainland Building Trades, Brad Smith, an opportunity to present the benefits and advantages of remaining affiliated with the Mainland Building Trades.

Directly after the presentation, Local 83 members will have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the Building Trades.

Following the discussion, the membership will vote by secret ballot whether or not to remain with the Mainland Building Trades.

The following Special Called Meetings are scheduled:

Sackville – Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1000 Sackville Drive. 6 p.m. start time.

Yarmouth / Digby – Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth (417 Main St., Yarmouth). 5 p.m. start time.

Stellarton – Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 139 Beaufort St., Stellarton. 7 p.m. start time.

The business of each regular monthly meeting will begin once the vote has been completed in each area.

Once all three locations have voted, Local 83 will announce the results.

Hope to see you all there for this very important vote.



Colin Keeping
Carpenters Union Local 83
Recording Secretary

Olde Tyme Union Picnic – Paradise, NL

Our wrap-up Olde Tyme Union Picnic of the summer is this Saturday in Paradise, NL!

Come join us Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Paradise Park in the Town of Paradise for a barbecue, prizes, kids’ activities, giveaways, and much more! The outdoor picnic event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

For more information or details on event location, please see our event page here.

Hope to see you there!