Monthly Archives: November 2017

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

RJW Bursary seeking more NS applications

Just a reminder that the application period for the Robert J. Watson Bursary program will be closing on Wednesday, November 22 2017. Please be sure to get your applications in before this date at

At this time, the province of Nova Scotia has not received enough applications to match the number of bursaries awarded – there is free money up for grabs!

For more information on the bursary program, or to apply online, click here. You can also contact Mike Malles, Labour Relations Representative at the GPMC by phone at (519) 744-4762 or by email

If you prefer to submit a paper form by email, click here to download the form. The form should be emailed as an attachment to to ensure it is received by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.


2017 Carpenters Local 83 Scholarship Draw

Again this year, we are offering four $1,000 draws.  All dependent children of Local 83 members enrolled in university or other post secondary training are encouraged to apply before Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.  A lottery draw will be held at the general membership meeting on December 5th, 2017.

Application Form for Local 83 Scholarship

Rules for eligibility:

  1. Only dependent sons or daughters of Union members in Goodstanding are eligible.
  2. Proof of registration at a recognized educational institution for the 2017-2018 year if you are selected.
  3. Agree to publish name in a major Nova Scotia newspaper advertisement acknowledging the receipt of this scholarship.

To open and print the application form, click here.

Thank you,

Shane Butler
President, Local 83


Important votes announced at Local 83 meeting

I would like to share the results regarding two important votes that were announced at the Local 83 regular monthly meeting on November 7, 2017.

Local 83 membership voted 89-6 in favour of staying with the Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades.

Also at the meeting, the shareholders of the Local 83 Building Company Ltd. voted 24-8 in favour of investing a portion of Local 83 Building Company Ltd. funds towards required renovations at 1000 Sackville Drive.

In solidarity,

Scott Keeping
ACRC Regional Manager, Nova Scotia and PEI

Carpenters Union demands scaffold safety on the jobsite

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), Local 579, is demanding safe workplaces throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The UBC has been providing scaffolding training to its membership for the past 30 years. This training consists of a 17-week program followed by an apprenticeship program. When apprentices work 4,000 hours in the field, they are eligible to write their Journeyperson exam that consists of a practical and theory component.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 203, is offering a three (3) day scaffolding course for their membership to erect and dismantle scaffolding on the jobsite. The knowledge of safe scaffolding cannot be taught in three days. We all have an obligation to keep workers safe on the jobsite. If a worker or employer fails to demonstrate due diligence in the event of a critical injury or fatality regarding an unsafe scaffold, they can be found criminally responsible for their actions.

The UBC is urging employers and the labour movement to support safe scaffolding practices in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. One injury or death related to unsafe scaffolding is one too many.



Ivan Gedge
Regional Manager, Newfoundland and Labrador
President, UBC, Local 579
Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers