Monthly Archives: September 2017

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 the Dispatch Team 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!

Olde Tyme Union Picnic – Saint John, NB

We’re marking Labour Day with a free outdoor BBQ at Fisher Lakes Picnic Area in Rockwood Park on Monday, September 4. We hope you can join us for food, prizes, kids’ activities, skills demonstrations and more! Event starts at 11 a.m. Hope to see you there!

When: Monday, September 4, 2017; Event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until approximately 2 p.m
Where: Fisher Lakes Picnic Area, Rockwood Park, Saint John, NB
What: There will be a BBQ, giveaways, kids’ activities, prize draws, skills demonstrations, and much more!

We hope you can join us for this special Labour Day event!

Labour Day Monday and Saint John Parade Meeting Point

Ahead of Labour Day on Monday, September 4, be sure to catch our radio ad on stations across Atlantic Canada. Have a safe and happy long weekend!

For those members partaking in the Labour Day Parade in Saint John, NB on Monday, the meeting point is at King St. East next to the Loyalist Burial Ground at 11:30 a.m. sharp. 

Following the parade, be sure to drop in to the Olde Tyme Union Picnic, being held at the Fisher Lakes Picnic Area in Rockwood Park for a barbecue, kids’ activities, giveaways, and more!

Listen to the radio spot here.