Job Opportunity – Business Representative/Organizer


The Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC) has an opening for one (1) Business Representative/Organizer position that will be based in their Halifax, NS office.

Reporting to the Director of Organizing, the Business Representative/Organizer is a self-driven team player who is ambitious, goal-oriented, and focused on delivering results.


The Business Representative/Organizer represents the best interests of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) and actively works to organize unrepresented workers in the carpentry, millwright, and allied trades. S/he is expected to support this mission through seeking out new opportunities to organize individuals and contractors who are not represented. Travel throughout Nova Scotia and to various locations in Atlantic Canada is required.

The successful candidate will maintain proper and orderly records and provide a weekly electronic report to the Director of Organizing.  S/he will work closely and support other Business Representatives/Organizers and staff of the ACRC to ensure a consistent and high level of service is provided to all members of the Council.


The successful candidate:

  • Is a self-starter who can lead, motivate, and coach others;
  • Possesses exceptional organizing, communication, and strategic skills;
  • Brings many years of experience in the construction industry, preferably as a foreman or site superintendent and be Red Seal Endorsed (RSE);
  • Must be a UBC member in good standing;
  • Is computer literate and familiar with using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Has a proven ability to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment;
  • Can seek out new opportunities to grow the Council with minimum supervision;
  • Brings a unique mix of work history, life experience, and community service to the role;
  • Be willing to undergo a criminal record check as travel to the International Training Center is required.


Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter indicating qualifications, experience, references, and any other pertinent information by email to

Please indicate ‘Business Representative/Organizer-NS’ in the subject line of your email.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applications for this position must be received on or before Friday, August 11, 2017.

Local 83 Health and Welfare Meeting

Local 83 will be having a Health and Welfare Meeting to review and evaluate our current Health and Welfare plan.

The Health and Welfare Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 1000 Sackville Drive in Sackville, NS. The regular monthly meeting will directly follow.

At this meeting, we will have a representative on hand to discuss the changes to the Health and Welfare costs, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

I encourage everyone to attend this very important meeting.


Scott Keeping
Regional Manager
Atlantic Canada Regional Council

Notice of Meeting Change – Local 1178

Please note the Regular Monthly Meeting for Local 1178 for June will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 starting at 10 a.m.

The Executive of Local 1178 would also like to invite you to the Lobster Boil that will take place after this monthly meeting. Please RSVP to the union office (902) 752-3176 no later than Monday, June 12, 2017 if you will be attending.

The above meeting will be the last one for the summer, as the monthly meetings for July and August will be cancelled. Meetings will begin again the fourth (4th) Saturday in September.

Hope to see everyone at this meeting.


David MacKenzie
President, Millwrights Local 1178

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!


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.