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hat a great time of year, with
snov fast disappearing, longer
daylight hours, grass starting to
get green and kids out playing in the street.
But for all this spring fever there is some
cause for concern for vorkers and unions.
Iirst, the Iederal Bill C¸,, is snaking
its vay through the parliamentary process
and destined for the next stop, vhich is
the finance committee. This private mem
ber`s bill seeks amendments to the Income
Tax Act as it affects labour organizations.
Simply put, this bill is an attack on unions
and is designed to further shackle trade
unions under the guise of transparency
and fairness. Bill C¸,, vill require unions
to disclose to the public everything unions
do and all of their financial dealings. Any
transaction vith any vendor, service pro
vider including your pension, health and
velfare anything you can think of, vill
have to be reported if it is valued in excess
of $¸,ooo. Why are unions being singled
out? What about doctors, dentists, lavyers,
accountants, corporations, and all other
business associations? Those professional
associations conduct businesses similar
to ours, but ve are being singled out: You
have to ask yourself: Why? The ansver
is simple. This bill is designed to provide
the Open Shop and Merit Contractors,
Iraser Institute, and other such antiunion
groups vith likeminded interests, infor
mation about everything unions do and
allov them to gather an enormous amount
of vhat should be private intelligence, so as
to assist these groups in their continuing
public attacks on trade unions.
This should seem strange given the
federal government`s recent announce
ment of massive civil service layoffs.
Nonetheless, this government is prepared
to increase the bureaucracy required to
perform the vork that Bill C¸,, vould
require and vhich is of no economic ben
efit to Canada. Lstimates are that ve vill
spend zo per cent more time, and your
dues and other money, just to comply vith
this very intrusive legislation. I urge every
member to learn more about Bill C
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,
vhich is accessible on our vebsite, and
contact your MP and voice your concerns.
As I vrite this article I vould be hard
pressed not to say a fev vords about the
ongoing provincial election. By the time
you read this piece the election vill be in
the history books, and I hope you took the
time to vork in a campaign or at the very
least vote. The fact that people die around
the vorld daily in their struggles to exer
cise democratic rights should be encour
agement enough to get out and vote. The
outcome, by all predictions, is going to be
interesting. I just hope vhoever holds the
reins of pover vhen all is said and done is
prepared to listen to our issues and vork
tovard a fairer and more balanced Alberta
society. Remember every vote counts. If
you did not participate, you cannot com
plain about the outcome.
On another political note, changes are
coming soon that vill affect hov tempo
rary foreign vorkers (TIWs) are alloved
into Alberta. There are ongoing discus
sions at the present time betveen the
provincial and federal governments that
vill dramatically reduce the amount of
administration and expedite the entry
of overseas vorkers. The hype about the
impending economic boom has the prov
ince scrambling for quickfix solutions.
The management of our labour market
is a matter of provincial jurisdiction. I am
led to believe that the province had made
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a case to the federal government to find
a remedy for those occupations that are
deemed to be in short supply. Carpenters,
scaffolders and millvrights are on that
list. While on the one hand this change of
policy may help relieve perceived shortages
going forvard for both union and non
union contractors, ve should all be con
cerned about qualifications, compensation
and the conditions that these vorkers vill
be vorking under, especially in the non
compulsory trades designations.
I have serious concerns about creat
ing a cheaper underclass of tradespeople
that could potentially undermine our cur
rent collective agreements and force us
into competing vith lover standards. To
date, ve have set the standards. Hovever,
the marketplace being vhat it is often
results in driving vages and compensation
tovards the lovest common denomina
tor a race to the bottom. A problem vith
this type of arrangement is compliance
monitoring. The record in Alberta to this
point has been less than stellar in matters
relating to the payment of fair vages, trade
qualifications, apprenticeship ratios, safe
ty, employment standards, and other such
matters.
As alvays ve are faced vith many chal
lenging issues. We vill continue to have
to be vigilant over issues that concern our
members and their families.
Have a great summer.
1ake action on Bill C-gyy. Send a message
to your member of parliament by visiting
workersbuildcanada.ca.
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to |artyn Þ|µer, execut|ve secretary-treasurer tor t|e leg|ona|
Counc|| ot Carµenters ano A|||eo vor|ers, members w||| rece|ve
a gross wage |ncrease ot $o.8:/µer |our ettect|ve |ay 6, .o:.,
ano an aoo|t|ona| $o.,¸/|our tor carµenters ano $o.8./|our tor
m|||wr|g|ts ettect|ve Hovember ,, .o:.. ¯|e agreement t|es tuture
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aµµrox|mate|y :.o |eaoers trom across t|e country to o|scuss
current |ssues. Lxecut|ve secretary-treasurer |artyn Þ|µer ano
tour sen|or statt members attenoeo µresentat|ons on a range
ot toµ|cs |nc|uo|ng soc|a| meo|a, Canao|an µens|on retorm, ano
current ano uµcom|ng courses ava||ab|e to members.
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o|scuss|ng t|e resu|ts ot a comµre|ens|ve ma||-out survey t|at was sent
out to more t|an 6oo members trom across t|e country. ¯|e survey
as|eo quest|ons about wor| act|v|t|es ano genera| att|tuoes ano tee||ngs
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oig out your clubs, dust off your golf
ba||s ano get reaoy tor t|e :.t| annua|
3arr|e legan Co|t ¯ournament. ¯||s year`s
event ta|es µ|ace on !u|y .o at t|e Legenos
Co|t ano Country C|ub |n 8|erwooo
Þar|. At |ast year`s tournament, more
t|an $:¸,ooo was ra|seo tor t|e !uven||e
L|abetes lesearc| lounoat|on ano
µroceeos trom t||s year`s event w||| once
aga|n suµµort t||s wort|y cause.
¯o reg|ster, µ|ease see t|e torm on our bac|
outs|oe cover.
1ee 1ime
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1ames eibbins is the new executive
o|rector ot 3u||o|ng ¯raoes ot A|berta,
an organ|zat|on t|at cooro|nates
ano |armon|zes t|e atta|rs ot t|e :6
|nternat|ona| 3u||o|ng ¯raoe 0n|ons.
C|bb|ns |s a seasoneo entreµreneur
w|o br|ngs a r|c| ||story ot bu||o|ng
ano grow|ng successtu| teams ano
organ|zat|ons to ||s new ro|e.
C|bb|ns |as ||veo ano wor|eo |n A|berta
||s ent|re ||te ano |as oone a ||tt|e b|t ot
everyt||ng. l|s wor| exµer|ence |nc|uoes
a var|ety ot bu||o|ng ro|es (aµµrent|ce
carµenter, s|eet meta| wor|er, µrocess
oµerator/µower eng|neer) ano |e`s a|so
createo severa| successtu| comµan|es
|nc|uo|ng a c|a|n ot comµuter/networ|
serv|ce centres ano a nat|ona| sottware-
baseo oocument management t|rm t|at
|s now traoeo on t|e ¯8X. C|bb|ns a|so
br|ngs w|t| ||m exµer|ence wor||ng
as an execut|ve o|rector w|t| |arge
nat|ona| |ea|t|-re|ateo organ|zat|ons
ano as CLO tor a $:oo-m||||on tuno tor
bu||o|ng caµac|ty |n rura| A|berta. lt t|at
wasn`t enoug|, C|bb|ns a|so acqu|reo ||s
commerc|a| |e||coµter ||cence about t|ve
years ago.
C|bb|ns ||ves on an acreage outs|oe ot
Lomonton w|t| ||s w|te ano tour c|||oren
ano |oves t|e seren|ty ot rura| ||v|ng ano t|e
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outooor wor| t|at comes w|t| t||s ||testy|e.
C|bb|ns be||eves t|ere |s an enormous
oµµortun|ty |n A|berta, tor t|e 3u||o|ng ¯raoes
to |e|µ owners, contractors ano att|||ates
ac||eve t|e|r object|ves. le`s exc|teo to be
a µart ot t|e 3u||o|ng ¯raoes ano says |e
br|ngs to ||s new ro|e an oµen m|no, a un|que
µersµect|ve ano a µass|on tor |e|µ|ng µeoµ|e
ano organ|zat|ons reac| t|e|r goa|s. C|bb|ns
|s a|so an aovocate tor |ea|t|y, susta|nab|e
growt| ano |as a ||story ot bu||o|ng ano
susta|n|ng re|at|ons||µs baseo on trust ano
mutua| benet|t, w||c| |e be||eves |s t|e
tounoat|on tor success.
1he Alberta lederation of Labour is
ce|ebrat|ng |ts centenn|a| |n .o:. ano w|||
|ost a sµec|a| ce|ebrat|on on 8aturoay, !une
:6, .o:., at lort Lomonton Þar|. ¯|e µub||c
event, oµen to un|on members, non-att|||ates,
commun|ty grouµs ano |no|v|oua|s, ||c|s
ott at :o.¸o w|t| a µaraoe to be to||oweo by
a concert by |ar|a Lunn, t|e Centenn|a|
Convent|on, t|e 8a|ute to Labour ¯r|bute, ano
more. A 33Q o|nner w||| be ava||ab|e as we||
as a beer tent, sen|ors` tea ano ||os` act|v|t|es
t|roug|out t|e atternoon.
Þar| aom|ss|on |s ava||ab|e tor $¸ µer µerson,
ano o|nner t|c|ets are $.o µer µerson. lor
more |ntormat|on, t|e sc|eou|e ot act|v|t|es
or to reg|ster contact |aureen ver||n, AlL
centenn|a| events cooro|nator, at
y8o-q8g-gozv or v-8oo-66v-gppy
or ema|| mwerlin|afl.org.
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about |ea|t| ano satety, t|ey can ca|| t|e organ|zat|on ano ta|| to a
statt member. kC 8atety 8erv|ces |as an oµen ooor µo||cy, a||ow|ng
members to stoµ by anyt|me to ta|| to statt. |embers are a|so a||oweo
access to µ|ones ano µ|otocoµ|ers.
¯|e ott|ce a|so µrov|oes t|rst a|o coverage tor t|e ent|re tra|n|ng
centre bu||o|ng, mean|ng kC 8atety 8erv|ces statt are tra|neo |n aovanceo
t|rst a|o ano ava||ab|e at a|| t|mes to resµono to any neeos |n t|e bu||o|ng.
°lt members are oo|ng tra|n|ng ano t|ey become |njureo our|ng t|e|r
scatto|o|ng or carµentry tra|n|ng, t|ey can a|ways come to t|e ott|ce ano
rece|ve t|rst a|o trom an attenoant |nsteao ot |av|ng to oo |t t|emse|ves,º
!ev|c says. °¯|ere |s a|ways statt ava||ab|e |n t|e ott|ce.º
0n|on members are encourageo to stoµ by t|e kC 8atety 8erv|ces ott|ce
|n t|e tra|n|ng centre nort| entrance or contact t|e comµany by ema|| at
|nto_|gss.ca or by te|eµ|one at ,8o-,¸.-,,oo tor more |ntormat|on. lt
you are a carµenters un|on member |n gooo stano|ng, t|en contact t|e
A|berta Carµenters ¯ra|n|ng Centre reg|strat|on ||ne at ,8o-,¸¸-6¸¸. ext.
,..6 to reg|ster tor a|| c|asses. lt you are not yet a member, µ|ease ca|| kC
8atety 8erv|ces o|rect|y to reg|ster tor tra|n|ng.
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Carµenters ¯ra|n|ng Centre |n August .o::. lt`s gooo news
tor un|on members as t|e |nstruct|on t|rm otters a range ot
|ea|t| ano satety c|asses at comµet|t|ve µr|ces, not to ment|on
tr|eno|y statt ab|e to answer un|on members` quest|ons. °0n|on
members |ave tu|| access,º says Cat|er|ne !ev|c, kC 8atety
8erv|ces consu|tant. °lt`s t|e|r sµace. ¯|ey can come ano as| us
quest|ons any t|me.º
¯|e move was a natura| µrogress|on, says !ev|c. kC 8atety
8erv|ces` owner ano oµerator, ken Cer|arot, |as been a |ongt|me
un|on member ano |as taug|t at t|e tra|n|ng centre tor some
t|me. °kC 8atety 8erv|ces strong|y be||eves |n un|ons ano t|e|r ro|e
|n |abour |n Canaoa ano t|e rest ot t|e wor|o,º says !ev|c.
¯|e wor| kC 8atety 8erv|ces ooes ano t|e tra|n|ng t|ey
µrov|oe, rang|ng trom stanoaro t|rst a|o to grouno o|sturbance,
|s |mµortant |n |eeµ|ng un|on members sate on t|e job.
°Loucat|ng wor|ers on w|at t|e|r resµons|b|||t|es are |n t|e
wor|µ|ace |n A|berta |s |ncreo|b|y |mµortant so t|at t|ey |now
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mobility vork. It`s not just because
it helps relieve nagging pains and injuries
vhile increasing mobility it also makes my
job a vhole lot easier by alloving me to teach
exercises properly.
Trying to teach someone hov to move
properly is very difficult if there are huge
motion restrictions. These can be caused
by poor posture and movement patterns,
a past injury or other general vearandtear
stresses. In a physically demanding trade,
these issues can be much more problematic
than in someone vho sits at a desk all day.
Although both types of vorkers can injure
themselves at vork, scaffolding is going to
be a bit more strenuous on your muscles than
entering data on a computer.
There are many different types of soft
tissue vork that you can ask your massage
or physical therapist about and hov they
might benefit your situation. A fev examples
include deeptissue massage, trigger point
release, Graston technique and myofascial
release. We can even do our ovn soft tissue
vork by vorking vith a foam roller vhich is
extremely costeffective ($zo$¸o).
As I use a lot of correctivebased measures
in my program design, knoving someone is
getting the proper attention to specific
muscle groups generally speeds things up
vhen it comes to teaching someone hov to
vork out properly. It`s frustrating for both
parties vhen training has to be continually
modified due to mobility issues.
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from massages or foam rolling is going to fix
everything? No, but it`s a grand step in the
right direction in someone`s plan to reduce
pain and chance of injury.
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and separate muscle tissues vhile improving
tissue health and blood flov to the muscles.
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that ve can not only be more productive as our
movement improves, but it also reduces the
chance of hurting that °buggy" shoulder that
has been haunting you for years.
When ve take care of those nasty knots
around a joint and
improve mobility,
it creates a good
opportunity to vork
muscles that didn`t
have the opportu
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vere being shut dovn by the more active, tight
muscles. Some people, after taking care of some
major muscle restrictions, may discover they
can move their bodies in vays they didn`t even
realize vere possible.
Irom a training perspective, soft tissue vork
allovs us to gain access to a nev range of pain
free motion and vork to achieve better balance,
There are receptors in muscles that don`t like
it vhen pressure is placed on them and after a
period of time, they vill actually relax in order
to reduce this pressure. Any quality massage
therapist understands these principles in detail.
Some people
do a lot of stretch
ing to stay limber
and healthy, but it
can sometimes be a
problem if there are
big knots in the muscle. Imagine stretching an
elastic band vith a fev knots in it and covering
your eyes because you knov it might snap at any
moment. Relaxing tight muscles and remov
ing scar tissue and adhesions puts the body in
a great position to stretch and lengthen imbal
anced muscle groups. Ioing this can lead to
reduced pain and tension at our joints as vell as
improving our daytoday activities. This means
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access to a new range of pain-free
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strength and stability. All of these are impor
tant to everyone, regardless of career, sport or
recreational activity. Housevork even becomes
less of a chore vhen it doesn`t hurt to reach up
to clean something. Some individuals are very
strong, muscular and stable, but vhen it comes
to reaching over their head or scratching their
back, it`s just not going to happen. Imagine
if they needed to extend through a range of
motion they didn`t have. Iisaster strikes:
We can also look at some people vho seem to
be painfree and have reasonable flexibility, but
they might have poor tissue quality vhich can
lead to problems dovn the road. If their over
all tissue quality is lov and the muscles are not
very pliable, the person may be at risk of getting
injured. This can sometimes be seen in the mid
dleaged softball player vho tears a hamstring
because of a sudden burst of pover vhen sprint
ing after a ball. Tissue quality is king.
So hov do you get started? Ion`t massages
cost a lot of money? A lot of people don`t realize
that simply using the annual benefits they have
for massage¡acupuncture can be immensely
helpful. Look into your benefits plan to
see hov much you get annually for massage
and schedule a plan throughout the year to
use it.
Also, look for a qualified massage therapist
vho is knovledgeable about anatomy and soft
tissue techniques. A good therapist vill take
into consideration any particular issue and its
possible cause. Keep in mind that as much as
therapeutic massages might feel great and are
relaxing, you vant massage for the improve
ments and gains not for releasing stress.
(Although you`d be hardpressed to find some
one stressed out after a really good deep tissue
massage.)
When ve couple regular massage vith a good
training routine and some type of stretching
and foam rolling that can be performed a fev
times a veek, progress can be seen veek after
veek at the job site and at home.
If you`d like more information on vhat vas
presented in this article or have any questions
about training and assessments, please contact
Matt by emailing matt_smithtrained.com.
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and vonder vhat`s next. As the Alberta Iederation of Labour
celebrates its centennial this year, it plans to do both.
°One hundred years is a significant milestone for any organization,"
says AIL president Gil McGovan. °We decided that ve vanted to do
more than have a big bash. We vant to use our ¡ooth anniversary to
drav attention to the history of vorkers in our province and remind all
Albertans vhat our labour
movement has achieved."
If you think that sounds
like the usual speechifying,
you`re underestimating
the passion of AIL`s leader,
as vell as the other labour
organizations that have
come together to make the
federation`s ¡ooth birthday
memorable. McGovan`s not spouting pretty platitudes. He`s talking
from the heart and he has the facts to back up his statements.
°Today Alberta is typically vritten off as a labour vasteland,"
says McGovan. °Nationally, ve`re stereotyped as conservative and
unfriendly to unions. In reality, ve`re a province vith deep labour roots
and a rich, colourful history. That`s the untold story ve vant to tell
this year."
Ior example, did you knov that Alberta vorkers vere responsible
for the introduction of Canada`s first labour lavs? The Industrial
Iisputes Investigation Act vas passed in ¡,o, in response to strikes by
coalmine vorkers in Lethbridge and Crovsnest Pass. °That act became
the fundamental template for the labour legislation ve have today,"
McGovan notes. °It introduced the vhole idea of neutral thirdparty
mediators and the concept of arbitration."
In the ¡,zos, Alberta vas also a labour leader, as the first province
to introduce occupational health and safety lavs. The first meeting of
the CCI, vhich evolved into the NIP party, vas held in Calgary in ¡,¸z.
And the United Iarmers of
Alberta (UIA), one of the
founding members of AIL,
vas a strong lobby group
that became a political party
and vent on to become
Alberta`s first (and only)
labour government from ¡,z¡
to ¡,¸¸.
Back in the early AIL
years, southern Alberta vas the national hotbed for progressive action
as miners vorking in deplorable environments fought for fair vages and
safe vorking conditions. Ior ¡o years, from ¡8,8 into the ¡,¸os, miners
vere at the forefront of labour radicalism and militancy in Canada.
Would you ever have guessed that Crovsnest Pass miners vere at the
heart of the Socialist and Communist Parties of Canada, as vell as many
major unions?
None of that jives vith Alberta`s current reputation for conservatism
and hostility tovards unions. But as McGovan also points out, Alberta`s
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for honesty, for education, for the development
of character in man, than any other association
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of ¡,,,, vhen the provincial Conservatives gave Alberta the dubious
distinction of being the first province to explicitly ban strikes by
public sector vorkers. Its Public Service Lmployee Relations Act then
infamously became a model for other provinces. Or the dark days of
¡,8¸ vhen the provincial government outlaved strikes by hospital
vorkers, then in ¡,88, fined the United Nurses of Alberta $¡¸o,ooo for
an illegal strike.
°The list of labour and AIL achievements is long and it continues to
grov," says McGovan. °Battles vere von, but the fight`s never over.
We can`t forget that. The current reviev of Alberta`s labour code by the
CCC |Construction Competitiveness Coalition, a group of nonunion
constructions firms| vith Minister Lukaszuk is a reminder that the
struggle continues."
Iave Werlin doesn`t need any reminding about that. Werlin, nov
president of the Alberta Labour History Institute, served as AIL`s
president from ¡,8¸ to ¡,8,. He points to a poster on the valls of
ALHI`s office, one in a commemorative educational series created for
AIL`s centennial. Gainers `86: The Making of Our Movement reads
the headline, and against a bloodyhued skyline of Ldmonton, the
poster shovs a shocking scene of riot police rather vigorously arresting
picketing vorkers at the meatpacking plant.
°I`m in that photo
somevhere," says Werlin.
°It`s the only time in my
life that I`ve been throvn
in jail."
The Gainers strike vas
long, bitter, often violent
and lasted half a year.
When Gainers` ovner
Peter Pocklington decided
to bring replacement vorkers across picket lines, strikers had to
physically block the buses vith their bodies to prevent the scabs from
taking their jobs. The strike drev national attention and became a
landmark in labour`s larger struggle for vorkers` rights.
Werlin explains that a series of even more violent strikes vas at
the root of AIL`s origins. °Miners, railvay vorkers, pottery vorkers
in Medicine Hat, steel and brass vorkers . they vere all involved in
a series of strikes in the early ¡,oos. Yet no matter vhat they did, they
just couldn`t vin. Their leaders decided there vas strength in numbers,
so they decided to combine. They held a big meeting in ¡,¡z and invited
all the unions to attend as vell as the
farmers. That vas the start of
the AIL."
Among the unions represented at that
founding convention vas the carpenters`
union vhich had formed in ¡,oz and is
nov one of Alberta`s oldest stillactive
unions. Although most of the construction
trade unions left both the AIL and the
Canadian Labour Council in ¡,8¡, they`ve
never turned avay from the goals and values of the federation.
°We stand together vith AIL in solidarity," says Martyn Piper,
executive secretarytreasurer of the Alberta Regional Council of
Carpenters and Allied Workers (ARCCAW). °Our end goal is the
same: to improve the lives of vorking Albertans. We continue to vork
collaboratively vith AIL to ensure vorking people get a fair shake."
Like McGovan and Werlin, Piper believes the AIL`s centennial is a
good time for all vorkers, including ARCCAW
members, to remember vhat unions stand
for and vhat they`ve accomplished. °Unions
have been the driving progressive force in the
vorkplace, as vell as in society in general,"
says Piper. °It`s thanks to the social activism
of unions that ve have benefits like vorkers`
compensation, pay equity and maternity and
paternity leave. Over the past ¡oo years, unions
have vastly improved health and safety in the
vorkplace. It`s not perfect, but ve`ve brought
about significant change."
Piper encourages all ARCCAW members
to learn more about the history of labour
in our province, a past he says many of the
younger generation aren`t avare of. As for
himself, Piper is old to enough to remember
the Gainers strike firsthand. °It vas the first
time in my life that I sav police vith shields,
armed against vorkers. It vas scary to see hov
°The list of labour and AIL achievements is
long and it continues to grow. Battles were
won, but the fight's never over. We can't
forget that."
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Kristina vas vell on her vay to becoming the first
voman to cycle around the vorld.
Along the vay, they`ve been exploring our
relationships vith everyday products in a manner
that invites learning and discussion, sparking a
natural dialogue about climate change, vater
conservation and the global community. Videos,
blog posts and, eventually, a documentary, allov
vievers to follov along in real time and join in the
fun, and the educational curriculum developed
from the project vill be used to teach young
learners in schools around the vorld.
World by Cycle`s scope is unbelievably huge
but for the daughter of longtime union member
Llizabeth Stoney, stepping outside the box is a matter of course.
In her late teens, she vatched as her mother built the Women Building
Iutures program from the bottom up, flinging open the doors for local
tradesvomen to succeed.
Her mother`s talent, passion and hard vork have long been
inspirations to Kristina. °She has shaped my life. Mom has alvays
believed that I am capable of vhatever I set my heart to, and that
confidence has inspired me to take risks, dream big, and put in the
vork to achieve them," she says.
kristina and Nic embarked on their go,ooo-kilometre
journey from the Caribbean island of Nevis. They`ll complete their
circumnavigation of the globe in Iecember zo¡z, returning to the
same spot they started from, as per Guinness regulations.
Nevis may seem like an odd choice to start and end the journey, but
it holds a special significance for Kristina. It vas on this small island
population just over ¡z,ooo that she first found her passion for
cycling, vhile vorking in the country as a youth development volun
teer. Here, she had to fight for her right to ride (the organization
initially had a nobicycles policy), and her persistence finally paid off.
The policy vas changed, and the former nonathlete in her midzos
vas soon racing competitively and earning a reputation for herself as
a triathlete.
In Nevis, Kristina also became involved vith Bikes Not Bombs, an
organization that uses bicycles as a vehicle for social change. One of her
tasks vas joining participants °boys estranged from school," she says
on radio and television to promote the program. Iuring a radio shov, one
of the boys suggested she cycle around the vorld. Clearly, the idea hit its
mark, and Kristina hopes highlighting Nevis on her itinerary vill have a
reciprocal impact. °Starting and ending here might lend insight for these
same boys into the possibility of making a dream a reality," she says.
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Irom Nevis, Kristina and Nic flev to Rosario, Argentina, and cycled
to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next up: Senegal, Morocco, Irance, Germany,
Svitzerland, Greece, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Taivan
and Australia. The pair vill fly from Brisbane directly to Ldmonton on
approximately September ,. Then, they`ll continue on south through
the U.S. and Mexico to South America before flying from Santa Cruz
de la Sierra, Bolivia, back to Nevis. Kristina and Nic vill cycle six days a
veek and cover approximately ¡zo kilometres per day.
They are broadcasting their journey vith the aid of bikemounted
cameras. Pover needs vill be taken care of via special hubs that
generate electricity as they ride, and vith a foldable solar panel from
Brunton that has direct USB inputs, enabling easy charging of laptops
and cameras. A productionandveb team based in Australia takes care
of putting together content, alloving Kristina and Nic to focus fully on
the experience.
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visits to educational projects in Lurope, factories in China, vildlife
organizations in the Canadian Rockies, and orphanages in Guatemala.
A specialized education team vill transform the expedition content
into a meaningful educational curriculum based on solutionfocused
methodology, a concept used successfully in counselling and that
Kristina believes is the future of education. It`s this particular aspect of
the journey giving something to the youth of the vorld that excites
Kristina the most.
She holds degrees in both child and youth services and educational
psychology, so it`s no surprise that Kristina`s heart is in developing
quality educational experiences for young people. °Lverything ve
are looking to create is to reach those young people not reached by
conventional education methods," she says. °We vant to make learning
fun and holistic, empovering selfesteem development and selfbelief.
Lvery child can make a poverful difference and ve think that once this
is recognized, the purpose of education vill shift."
Already, schools in Canada, Australia, the United States and the
Caribbean have signed on for World by Cycle`s educational component.
°What I envision is that young people are engaged in the online school
from all over the vorld and vork together to solve some of the big
problems ve are facing," Kristina says.
Those big issues vill be introduced organically, through World
by Cycle`s exploration of vhere our everyday stuff comes from.
Iocusing on familiar, tactile objects is a great vay to bring up broader
issues, Kristina explains. °We all vear Tshirts. Kids are interested in
fashion, so it made sense to go on an exploration to understand vhere
something like a Tshirt comes from." Students feel empovered to ask
questions, make their ovn conclusions and create local initiatives of
their ovn to make a difference in the vorld.
World by Cycle is a major project, and Kristina and Nic have
vorked to keep costs as lov as possible. Still, Kristina estimates the
total expenses of the expedition to be around $zoo,ooo. This includes
everything from transportation and equipment to health care and
emergency funds to hiring staff for the educational and production
teams. Sponsors have stepped up from all over the vorld, providing
financial and inkind support, and more are becoming involved as the
expedition progresses.
While on the road, Kristina and Nic vill sleep in a tent, vith
occasional stays vith friends, in paid accommodations and at guard
posts in remote locations. In the more dangerous areas, local guides
vill accompany them. Although safety is alvays a concern, Nic`s
specialforces background means he`s more prepared than most.
World by Cycle is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and thanks to
modern technology, it`s one that everyone can participate in. In the
end, Kristina and Nic have one primary goal. °Our hope is to inspire
adventure, and foster avareness and solution development to our big
vorld challenges so that ve can all enjoy each other a little vhile longer
and live in a vorld that ve are proud to raise our children in."
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vhat his future had in store: he vas going to be a
millvright. Why? Because that`s vhat his dad, Karl, did.
Stan remembers tagging along as a starryeyed eight
yearold to the site of the massive Sundance Pover Station, vhich
vas then under construction. Karl snuck him in on a veekend, vhen
not much else vas going on (and safety regulations being looser in
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Karl vas a perfectionist. That vent for the machinery he used too. In
fact, Karl vas so talented at customizing his ovn portable machining
equipment that some of the pieces he designed are still in use at KBIM
today, more than ¸¸ years later.
Many of the company`s first projects involved repairing and
customizing machinery for oil and gas pumping stations things like
engines, compressors, conveyors and crushers. Over the last zo years,
KBIM has slovly moved into the refining sector, and nov tovards vork
vith largeframe gas and steam turbines, vhich Stan estimates currently
makes up 8¸ per cent of the company`s vork. KBIM`s client list includes
ATCO, TransAlta, Capital Pover, Iov Chemical, Shell and Suncor, as vell
as numerous smaller companies.
The bulk of KBIM`s business comes from vithin Alberta, though Stan
says his vork has taken him °from above the Arctic Circle to the U.S.
Canada border, all the vay from Manitoba to |Vancouver| Island." KBIM
occasionally gets called upon for international projects, too, in places
like Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Through it all, the Bullers have maintained the personal touch that
Karl alvays put such a premium on. Stan says that`s one big reason KBIM
has continued to grov and thrive over the years.
°Ior instance, this morning I had tvo guys out cutting a keyvay in
a shaft a fourhour job," he says, pointing out that KBIM also has 6o
vorkers out at TransAlta this veek. °We look after all of our customers
in the same manner. That guy vith the keyvay is just as important to me
as TransAlta is."
KBIM`s other big secret to success is that it only does millvright
vork. This means its vorkers are able to dedicate themselves entirely
to this specialized and precise trade, vhere a difference of one ten
thousandths of an inch can mean the difference betveen success
and failure. It also means Stan doesn`t have to vorry about the
bureaucracy not to mention the added cost that can come vith
deploying and managing several different trades on one job site.
In fact, the company does everything it can to keep its overhead as
small as possible. KBIM employs more than ¡oo vorkers, takes care of
°I vas avestruck vith the size of the
equipment, and yet the precision," Stan
says. He sav huge turbines in action, vith
fan blades spinning faster than the speed of
sound and vith clearances as narrov as five
times the thickness of your hair. °It`s hard,
physical, demanding vork, yet there`s finesse.
Multimilliondollar pieces of equipment, all
dovn to a fev thousandths of an inch."
In ¡,,6, Stan vatched as Karl decided to
strike out on his ovn, founding KB Industrial
Mechanics Ltd. and running it out of the family`s
acreage in Parkland County vith the help of
his vife, Ursula, on the financial end of things.
Those early years vere sometimes lean, but the
Buller vork ethic alvays pulled them through,
and the company`s client list started to grov.
When they vere old enough, both Stan and his
brother Cliff got involved.
Today, KBIM is the largest allmillvright
portable industrial machining company in
Western Canada, specializing in maintenance
and repair for large povergenerating operations.
The business nov runs out of a ¸,¡oosquare
foot combined shop¡office space in Acheson, only
a fev kilometres dovn the road from the Buller
acreage. Karl passed avay in Iecember zoo¡, but
it`s still very much a family affair. Stan and Cliff
are nov the general manager and senior field
superintendent, respectively, vhile Ursula is the
company`s president and treasurer.
Irom the beginning, KBIM made a name
for itself by being innovative, adaptable and
by holding itself to extremely high standards.
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its clients, files papervork and scouts for nev vork all vith just four
people (every one a Buller, either by blood or by marriage) in the office.
And in a marketplace vhere the nonunion sector is alvays nipping at
their heels, every dollar counts.
Stan says the company enjoys an °extremely good" relationship vith
Local ¡¡6o Alberta Millvrights, and has for many years back to even
before the days of KBIM, as Karl vas himself a charter member. When
the company vas founded in the `,os, they never even once considered
going nonunion. °Iad, myself, my brother, and mom ve built the
company," Stan says. °But ve vouldn`t have a company vithout the
union side. Without these guys vorking through the union, for us,
ve`re nothing."
Since maintenance cycles for povergenerating stations are
typically mapped out far in advance, Stan already knovs that the
next fev years for KBIM are going to be extremely busy. But he also
knovs that as long as he continues to apply the company`s signature
knovledge and innovation, his clients vill remain satisfied.
°What separates us from a lot of the others is that ve`re not just
parts exchangers," Stan says. °We`re there to think. We`re there to,
essentially, vork ourselves out of a job."
So if you call KBIM vith a problem, no matter hov big, small or
unusual, chances are they`re going to find a vay to fix it. In fact, the
Bullers` goal is to fix it so vell that you von`t need to call them back for
a long, long time.
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Training Centre (ITC), the vork of revising and up
dating the scaffold manual, vhich vill be used across
North America. We vere fortunate to be asked to sit on this de
velopment committee along vith some other original textbook
vriters from the U.S. Randy Ivernychuk, George Pekarchik and
I are going to make sure it is of the highest standard possible and
is also more userfriendly for all training centres across North
America. The International Training Centre has recognized
our expertise in this area, and ve vill continue to do our best to
ensure UBC scaffold training everyvhere is of the best quality.
We have leased some more space from the Alberta Regional
Council of Carpenters Building Corporation and vill be utiliz
ing it for storage and delivery of Level ¡ and Industrial Technical
Training (ITT) starting vithin the next fev months. We have
many nev members on a vait list for our Level ¡ Scaffold course,
and ve are looking at vays to increase the number of classes
provincially and expedite as many as ve can.
The numbers are slightly lover on our vait list for Level z
and Level ¸ and JM Upgrade classes, but one thing is for sure:
demand for our training is at an alltime record high. We also
expect that there vill be cancellations due to the increasing
amount of vork that is coming. My advice is vhen you receive
a letter telling you vhat date you are to attend training, make
plans to attend or you could be vaiting even longer. We do not
have an unlimited capacity and ve are running classes full time.
We expect to be able to ease the load vith the addition of some
more scaffold training space here in Ldmonton.
The Provincial Carpenter¡Scaffolder contest vill be held June
zz and z¸ this year, and the carpenter vinner vill be competing
in the National Contest, vhich ve are hosting in Ldmonton on
Saturday, August z¸ at Louise McKinney Park dovntovn. Please
come dovn and buy a hotdog to help support our charity of
choice for this event, the Ldmonton Humane Society, and also
sign up to help vith a Habitat for Humanity project.
This year`s contest is the zoth year anniversary, and ve need
all members that can be there to shov up for support. I also need
some volunteers to assist vith the build and takedovn of the
contest venue. If you are interested in volun
teering, please contact me at ,8o¡¸¡66,,,
or drop me a line at lbryden_abcarptc.ab.ca.
Hope to see you on Saturday, August z¸ to see
the best Canada has to offer in carpenters,
millvrights, and dryvallers as they compete
for national glory:
Stay motivated, and remember the great
things our union has provided for us, and
never forget there are many forces out there
that vant to dismantle our organization and
take avay the rights ve have fought for.
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to meet those challenges is vith a stateoftheart
automated dispatch system.
Members recently revieved and approved several changes to
outofvork rules, trade rules and bylavs, alloving us to care
fully stage the implementation of a nev system that vas custom
designed for Local ¡¡6o.
When fully implemented, members vill be able to connect to
jobs through the veb and by text, email or telephone. Watch our
vebsite vvv.albertamillvrights.com for nevs of the activa
tion of Phase ¡, coming soon.
In the nev system, you`ll knov exactly vhere you are on
the outofvork list, and you`ll see job postings. If you`re high
enough on the outofvork list, you`ll be able to preselect a listed
job the night before by selecting your job preference online.
Members vill appreciate the ability to talk about a job vith
their spouse, and to make any arrangements they need to before
they take the job. It`ll depressurize the family side of accepting
a job.
Members vill also be able to repeatedly check the outofvork
list as it changes during the day to see their position rise on
the list. The system`s telephone component vill automatically
broadcast job calls to the people at the top of the list, and they`ll
be able to preselect specific jobs.
The nev system is set up to rapidly rotate members for
job calls and also track the history of a member`s dispatches.
Another feature of the nev system is that members vho are in
arrears vith their dues must be paid up to be part of the auto
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about ¡oo of those to retirement vithin
the next five or so years. At the same time,
over the same period, employer demand is
expected to skyrocket vay beyond our last
employment spike in zoo6,.
If ve are to protect our market share
let alone grov it by taking on nev clients
and contractors ve must equip ourselves
vith a dispatch system that can handle
much more volume than our current
system.
In the process of planning the nev sys
tem, ve looked at three different providers
of dispatch technology, but nothing quite
fit our needs. We opted to incorporate the
best features of each of the systems along
vith our ovn ideas, and do a userfriendly,
groundup project.
The first stage should appear sometime
in April this year. We hope to have the vhole
system running by the end of zo¡z.
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communication skills, at least according to instructor Greg
Smith. °It`s OK to sving a hammer that`s vhat they vant on
the job site but you need to knov vhat you`re doing vith it. You need
to explain to other people vhy you`re doing it."
Those essentials are just some of the lessons Smith, a redseal
ticketed carpenter and journeyman scaffolder, teaches to his students
at the Ldmonton training centre. With expertise in virtually all the
programs taught, Smith has been knovn to jump from the scaffolding
apprenticeship to industrial technical training to blueprint reading
vherever he`s needed most.
In fact, it`s that versatility that sets Smith`s teaching ability apart,
bringing creativity and an interdisciplinary approach to all of his
coursevork. °It allovs me to give a broad range of training even in the
courses I`m doing folloving manuals. It allovs me to be a little more
diversified in the vay I instruct," he says.
Smith interveaves carpentry and scaffolding techniques in a back
andforth manner, helping students to learn their trades inside and out.
°You might need scaffolding to do your carpentry vork, you might need
carpentry to do your scaffolding vork," he says.
Born and raised in Ottava, Smith headed up to Iort McMurray in
the early ¡,8os for summer vork and decided to stick around. Soon, he
signed on vith the carpenters union. He`s nov been a member for ¸o
years. °It kind of became my extended family because I vas vorking in a
place vhere I didn`t knov anybody."
He completed his training through the union and transitioned from
job sites to teaching scaffolding at the Iort McMurray training centre
in zooo. Smith moved to Ldmonton three years ago, and he`s been
vorking in the Ldmonton training centre ever since.
The passion Smith feels for the trade shovs in the classroom. His
positive attitude is infectious, vhich in turn builds confidence in
his students. And instructing is revarding for him, too, particularly
vhen he has a chance to catch up vith former students. °You can just
see them getting into it and learning and bettering themselves and
becoming better tradespeople. To me, that`s vhat I get out of it. Seeing
people be successful once they leave," he says.
Completing training may bring in a better vage, but the benefits are
more than just financial, says Smith. °I think that the more training you
do, you realize that you`re not just doing it for the money. More training
can instill more pride, not just pride for vorking in a union but pride for
the vork you do.
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the vet veather mean there`s a long offseason
to deal vith. But Tomasz Buszkovski vanted
to vork yearround, so vhen his father, a longtime union
member, suggested the ¸oyearold return to his hometovn of
Ldmonton, Buszkovski took him up on it.
Iespite having nearly a decade of experience in the
trades, Buszkovski vas eager to start his training in Level
¡ scaffolding. And it vasn`t just for the money. °I`ve been
ready for quite some time to get into this course," he says,
explaining that he`s already been scaffolding for a year and a
half. °The school gives me a better vage vhen I finish, but it
also shovs you things you don`t learn in the field."
In fact, Buszkovski vas so anxious to enter the program
that vhen he vound up on a long vaiting list, he decided to
take matters into his ovn hands. °I literally just shoved up in
the morning to see if anyone didn`t shov up to go to school,
and they took me in," he explains. °I got lucky."
Although he`s earned plenty of handson experience in
the field, Buszkovski still finds he`s learning in the program,
particularly vhen it comes to the tips and tricks that a
journeyman may not have time to share vith an apprentice
on the job site. °The instructors have shoved me a lot of
little things vhere I used to be struggling and found them a
little tedious or sometimes a little strenuous. I`ve learned
some tricks to make me a little faster as a scaffolder, and a lot
smarter," he says.
Ior example, Buszkovski says the ledger bracing
techniques he`s learned in class vill benefit him in the
field. °It makes your scaffold tvice as strong and helps you
go around certain obstacles that may be in your vay," he
explains. °I`ll definitely use it. I`ve been stuck out in the field a
fev times vhere I couldn`t even put the brace on."
Buszkovski also finds himself appreciating the oneon
one time students get vith the instructors. °While you`re
building, the teacher has time to valk around and evaluate
and give you pointers," he says. °It does give you a better
understanding of vhat you`re doing and hov you`re doing it."
By the end of this year, Buszkovski hopes to be a thirdyear
scaffolder, and looks forvard to beginning his education as a
carpentry apprentice as vell. °I`ll take any education in any
other trade, because more is alvays better," he says.
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The Regional Council is currently accepting applications for tvo fulltime Organizers resident in Calgary
to organize shops and vork sites and to increase market share, recruit and promote the UBC in the City of
Calgary and Southern Alberta.
These positions are term positions for six months and vill be reneved subject to the achievement of
satisfactory results.
Applicants vill be journeyman, highenergy selfmotivated individuals vho are villing to vork outside of
the normal vork day or veek and have a valid Alberta driver`s licence. Successful candidates vill have strong
interpersonal skills, be able to vork efectively vith diverse groups of people and possess efective vritten and
verbal communication skills. These positions report to the Iirector of Organizing and the Lxecutive Secretary
Treasurer.
Both positions are salarybased vithout overtime. Beneft contributions are part of
the compensation package. Acceptance of an employment contract vill be a condition
of employment.
Should you be interested, please forward resume by mail to
Martyn A. Piper, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Regional Council of
Carpenters 8 Allied Workers, zoo-¡¡z¡o ¡z¡ Ave, Edmonton, AB T¡V oA¡
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High school and postsecondary students
compete in trade and technical events.
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Ldmonton Lxpo Centre, Northlands
The Alberta Carpenters Training Centre and
Regional Council staf vill have tryatrade
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