Voting Results of Local 83 Proposed Collective Agreement

Thank you to all members who came out last night to vote on the Local 83 Proposed Collective Agreement at all three locations.

After all the ballots where counted, the majority of members were “not” in favour of the proposed agreement. The current Collective Agreement expires on April 30th, 2018, meaning we will have time to make adjustments and present a new proposal to the membership.

Thanks again to all members who took time from their busy schedules to come out and vote. Overall, we had a total of 342 voters.


Scott Keeping
Regional Manager, Nova Scotia and PEI

Local 83 International Women’s Day Brunch

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, Local 83 Sisters are hosting a special International Women’s Day Brunch on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Tom’s Family Restaurant (585 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville). The brunch starts at 11:30 a.m.

All Sisters and Brothers who support their Sisters are welcome to attend. Please call the Local 83 Union Hall (902-454-5100) if you are interested in attending to help us determine numbers.

AMENDED NOTICE – Mainland Nova Scotia Carpenters’ Collective Agreement

Notice of Ratification – Mainland Nova Scotia Carpenters’ Collective Agreement

The Carpenters’ Union Local 83 have reached a Memorandum of Agreement with the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association Limited (CLRA). This notice is to inform the membership of Local 83 that there will be three information sessions across Mainland Nova Scotia to review and discuss the new Carpenters’ Local 83 Collective Agreement. These are important meetings so please make every effort to attend.

Information Sessions


Date: Wed. March 7, 2018

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Rodd Grand Yarmouth, 417 Main Street


Date: Wed. March 7, 2018

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Union Hall, 139 Beaufort Street


Date: Thurs. March 8, 2018

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Union Hall, 1000 Sackville Drive

Upon completion of the information sessions above, there will be a ratification vote to determine the acceptance of the new Carpenters’ Local 83 Collective Agreement. The ratification vote will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the three locations listed above.

The new agreement will provide Signatory Contractors with Local 83 the ability to compete aggressively against their non-union competition, leading to increased market share.

Thank you,

Scott Keeping
ACRC Regional Manager, Local 83

Dues Receipts

Effective Monday, February 5, 2018:

Where as we have several members who pay dues online and via credit cards, the ACRC will no longer be generating and mailing receipts for these payments. Your financial institution can provide a record to you that indicates proof of payment. Going forward, receipts will only be provided to those members paying cash at the counter.


*Update* Get your pension questions answered from Belmont at February Local 83 meetings

Be sure to attend the upcoming LU83 regular monthly meeting in Sackville, NS on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 as a representative from Belmont will be in attendance for a question and answer session regarding pension. The meeting will take place at the regular time of 7 p.m. at 1000 Sackville Drive.

LU1178 members are also encouraged to attend the LU83 information meeting in Stellarton, NS on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 as a Belmont representative will also be answering your pension questions at that meeting. Start time for the Stellarton meeting is 7 p.m. followed by the regular information meeting at 8 p.m.

If you have a question about your pension this is a great opportunity to get answers.

We hope to see you at the meetings!

Scott Keeping
ACRC Regional Manager Nova Scotia and PEI

The Blueprint Winter 2017 issue out now!

The latest issue of The Blueprint is now available! You can browse current and past issues on our website here. Members automatically receive a copy by mail or they can be picked up at your local union office.

Have a suggestion or story idea? Tell us about it by submitting an email to

Upcoming dates for Journeymen Leadership program

Please see the upcoming dates for the UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership For a Strong Future program:

January 25-28, 2018
February 1-4, 2018
February 8-11, 2018

The Journeymen Leadership program is held at the UBC International Training Center in Las Vegas, NV. Please note that members can only attend the Journeymen Leadership program once.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact Debbie Smith by phone at (506) 450-4024 extension 201 or by email

For more information on the Journeymen Leadership program, please click here to view our Programs page.

Local 83 scholarship winners

Congratulations to the four Local 83 Scholarship Contest winners who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Their names were drawn at the last Local 83 meeting held on December 5, 2017.

    • Travis Devonport – son of Ted (Edward) Devonport of Bedford
    • Jessica Fraser – daughter of Kelvin Fraser of Antigonish
    • Nicole Boudreau – daughter of Bill Boudreau of Williamswood
    • Chet Chisholm – son of Richard Chisholm of Salt Springs

We wish you all continued success with your studies!

Yarmouth meeting change and Digby update

Due to a scheduling conflict, the next Yarmouth Local 83 information meeting has been moved up one week to Wednesday, November 29 for this month only. Regular time of 6 p.m. at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth.

In response to the questions we have been receiving about the Digby Local 83 information meetings, we will be holding a meeting in Digby (Coastal Inn, 111 Warwick St.) on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss plans for the information meetings going forward.

A token of appreciation will be given to each member in attendance at these meetings.

We hope you can attend either of these two important meetings.

In solidarity,

Scott Keeping
ACRC Regional Manager, Nova Scotia and PEI