Charlottetown Olde Tyme Union Picnic coming up soon!

Come join us Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Delta Prince Edward waterfront for a barbecue, prizes, kids’ activities, rock wall, and more! The outdoor picnic event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

We are excited to host this event in conjunction with the 2017 UBC National Apprenticeship Competition! Come out and see the best apprentices in the country ply their trade and showcase their skills.

You’re not going to want to miss this one! Hope to see you there!

Olde Tyme Union Picnic – Sydney, NS

Our second Olde Tyme Union Picnic of the year is THIS SATURDAY, August 12! We are excited to partner with the Cape Breton Unionized Trades Dragon Boat Festival and will have a ton of activities for everyone, including a BBQ, bouncy castles, skills demonstrations, rock climbing wall, giveaways, and much more! Hope you can join us!

Do you want to attend the 2017 National Apprenticeship Competition and ACRC Picnic in Charlottetown?

If so, the Atlantic Canada Regional Council is holding a contest where you and a guest can win travel, accommodation, and a meal stipend to attend the 2017 NAC and participate in the ACRC Olde Tyme Union Picnic on August 26, 2017.

Here’s how it works: For every union meeting you attend (all regions) and program you participate in (Journeyman Leadership, Site Organizer, assisting union campaigns, etc.) you will earn one ballot in the draw. The more you participate, the more ballots you earn!

In addition, any member who filled out the recent ACRC Membership Survey will automatically get one ballot in the contest.

To help make the day a success, we ask for a minimum volunteer commitment of four hours from each winner to assist with set up / tear down, event support, and other duties as assigned.

Up to forty (40) draws will take place across Atlantic Canada, proportional to membership numbers in each region.

Deadline for all ballots to be received is Thursday, June 15, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 NAC, click here. Details on the ACRC Olde Tyme Picnics can be found here.

What are you waiting for? Get involved in your region and we hope to see you in Charlottetown in August!

For more information, please contact Director of Organizing Colin Keeping at 902-454-5100 or

Olde Tyme Union Picnics

With summer just around the corner, we are excited to announce a series of union picnics that will be held across Atlantic Canada.

These events are open to members, their family and friends, and the public. Along with a barbecue lunch, there will be giveaways, prizes, skills demonstrations, and much more.

Check the Events section in your Region for the picnic being held nearest you. Don’t miss out – mark your calendars now!


Employment at Keeyask Generating Station

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please be advised that there may be significant opportunities for Journeyman Carpenters at the Keeyask Generating Station.  We are expecting this to be in the range of 300-400 carpenters.

This job is dispatched in conjunction with a Government of Manitoba system called the Job Referral Service (JRS). Interested members must first sign up through the JRS at Once you complete the registration, ensure you forward your reference number to your dispatcher.

The job is a shift of 21 and 7 working 10 hours per day. The current rate for a certified carpenter is $35.48/hr and this increases to $36.43 on May 1, 2017.  Flights are provided from the Canadian city closest to the member that is serviced by an International Airport.  The project is governed by the Burntwood Nelson Agreement which can be found online.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the local Dispatcher in your region:

Local 579
(709) 364-5430
Ext. 227

Local 1386
(506) 450-4024
Ext. 200

Local 83/1338
(902) 454-5100
Ext. 206

Local 1588
(902) 562-5130
Ext. 200

In Solidarity,

Deb Romero
Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Passing of former Local 83 President Peter Greer

It is with a tremendous sense of loss and sadness that we share the news of Peter’s passing. During his life, he touched countless hearts and lives throughout the world.

Those of us left behind will feel the loss of his beautiful smile (and his pies!) and compassionate nurturing nature for the rest of our lives.

He was and will forever be cherished and adored by his immediate family: Alison Strachan, Daisy (Kepha) Pepin, George (Megan) and Jack Greer, and Daisy’s children Ariel, Chanah, Tahir, Meore.

He was loved and will be missed by his brother and sisters: Anne (Jim) (West Dublin), John (Vanessa) (Italy and Nova Scotia), Peggy (Bush Island), Mary (and you too Richard!) (Halifax) and their children: Sarah, Emily, Jennifer, Ulo, Lily, Tristan, Ona, Josh, Simon, Dorian, Kelly, Lucy, Zoe, Oscar, Emil and many great nephews and nieces.

Peter was treasured by his brothers and sisters-in-law Jacklyn Veneroso (NYC), Diana Stathacopoulos (Panos) (Greece), Vicki Wiederkehr (Dan) (Maine), Deborah Strachan (Steve) (Maine), Jennifer Strachan (Bryan) (Toronto), Bruce Strachan (Jacinta) (Kenya) and all of their children: Spiros, Alexander, Ryan, Sarah, Emily, Anna, Elizabeth, Julia, Kate, Hazel, Blake, Muila, Alexander and Mubasu and many more great nephews and nieces throughout the world.

He was predeceased by his parents, John Maxwell Greer (2011) and Doris Elizabeth Greer (2014).

Throughout his life, Peter lived in Truro, Wolfville, Toronto, Halifax, Lunenburg and the “wedge” family cottage in West Dublin. He traveled throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and enjoyed a recent trip to England and Sweden with George and Jack. No matter where you went with Peter, you could count on him taking you off the beaten path for more interesting adventures.

A carpenter by trade, he never forgot the value of “measuring twice, cutting once” in both the trade and his many dedicated years representing union members as a Business Representative, and Organizer for Local 83 of the Nova Scotia Carpenters and Joiners of America. Peter spent nearly 30 years with the union both as a carpenter and as a member of the union executive, holding positions such as Financial Secretary, President of Local 83 and as a Trustee for the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights, and Allied workers. Peter was an example of the term “fiduciary.”

Peter was also a Trustee for the union benefit and pension plans, and Chairman of both Apprenticeship Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Building Advisory Committee. In 2014, he was awarded the Visionary Award by the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association for his dedication to Safety Training on Job Sites. But perhaps his greatest professional legacy was in his passion for trades education resulting in him spending many hours in the formation of the Carpenter Millwright Trades College; serving as Director for the school from its inception to his retirement in the spring of 2014.

Peter always performed his duties at the union with an unwavering commitment to the membership and with a keen sense of overall fairness. He was humble about his professional work, but it was work that made a difference in many people’s lives.

But most of all, Peter adored his time with family. We will always remember his upbeat arrival home from what would have likely been a hard day of work with groceries in hand and then their magical transformation into delicious meals. His singing and humming in the kitchen with a meal on the go will be forever remembered. Peter also had an eclectic sense of music, he would listen to Pavarotti in the kitchen, Bob Dylan in the living room, Nina Simone in the dining room, all while singing Ludacris to himself.  Weekends in Lunenburg enjoying every moment that our home brought him was an inspiration to us all. In the midst of any renovation or project, he would stop to build us a luge run in the middle of the night or take the time to keep us well fed and entertained. Our home was the hub of the neighbourhood in Lunenburg. He took delight in the memory of Solomon, the boys’ schoolfriend from Halifax, waking him up saying “Mr. Greer, Lunenburg is shining. Where are you taking me today”?

None of us will ever make a pie, pasta or pizza again without thinking of how much better his creations were.

Strachan family reunions at Summer Camp on Lake Mooselookmeguntic in Maine were made complete with Peter’s presence. He was always up for a day of adventure from climbing a mountain to boating across the lake, but his favourite times were in the kitchen cooking, with ease, for sometimes 25 or more family members. His storytelling around the supper table was unrivaled (especially the drawn out stories about a certain overweight chef).

In 2010, Peter’s life changed with a diagnosis of throat cancer requiring a brutal regime of radiation and chemotherapy. Peter met this challenge with his usual braveness and levity, once remarking to a radiation technician “I’m here for my 7:30 tanning session”. Those near to him were amazed by his “get this job done” attitude and his remarkable recovery thanks to top-notch medical care from the provincial health care system. However, as is often the case, after being faced with a cancer diagnosis, he was a changed man. The health care system was unable to provide the same level of mental health support that it did for his physical health issue. In memory of Peter, we will all work to ensure meaningful change to this situation.

We could always count on Peter for great songs, laughter, and levity in all of our lives. We hope that we provided that for him and that he finds it wherever his journeys now take him. We wish him peace and love.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the West Dublin Community Hall, Lahave, between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Your memories of Peter are important to us, and we welcome you to send us your stories, memories, and messages of support at

Donations in Peter’s memory would be appreciated as follows:

Peter Greer Bursary – Carpenter Millwright Trades College (Cheques made out to the NS Carpenter Millwright Building Society in Peter’s Memory can be mailed to 1000 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, NS B4E 0C2 or by email transfer to or to a charity of your choice.

New Address for the Las Vegas ITC

Effective immediately, the Las Vegas International Training Center address has changed.

The physical location is the same and the new address is replacing the old address. All phone, fax and emails remain the same.

The new address is:
212 Carpenters Union Way
Las Vegas, NV 89119-4218

Read more about the change here.

Local 1178 Notice of Special Called Meeting

Local 1178 is calling a Special Called Meeting to go over the proposed agreement for the Pieridae Energy Canada Ltd (Goldboro LNG Ltd).

The Special Called Meeting will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017. 

I would like to remind everyone that according to the UBC Constitution, Section 42 J, which states “… Retired members not working at or depending on the trade for a livelihood shall not be entitled to vote on trade movements affecting wages or working conditions or on ratifications of contract…”

The monthly meeting for February will take place after the Special Called Meeting.

I encourage everyone to attend this important meeting.


Jeff Richardson
ACRC Business Representative