August / September, 2017

Local 8 would like to inform the membership that Charlotte, who has been our administration person for

over 20 years, retired on August 11, 2017.


She has done an amazing job serving the members of Local 8 over the years

and we wish her all the best in her retirement.



We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome Lee-Ann as our new administrative person.

She has been working with Charlotte for the last couple of weeks getting up to speed with our operations.

I know all of you will make her feel welcome.



Local 8 News: 

  • Long-Service Awards will be presented to members at our regular meetings throughout the province in October. This year we’ll be honouring 44 members with service from 15 to 60 years. Letters have been sent to all recipients earlier this month
  • Local 8 members are fortunate to currently have quite a bit of work at the Fort Hills site. We currently have two contractors attempting to mobilize dozens of Local 8 members and workers from other trades; and there have been unavoidable delays in the mobilization process from dispatching right through to flight and accommodations arrangements.

    We appreciate your ongoing patience and we are doing whatever we can to expedite the process. If you’ve left a message on the dispatch line, your call or email will be returned as soon as possible. Our Training Department has also been busier than usual with members needing to upgrade courses for these jobs and facilitating the process for the contractors by initializing the online orientations required for the job.

    We’d also like to remind members that to apply for a post on the job board, you must:

    -          be registered on the out of work books

    -          have dues paid to the month following the dispatch date (i.e. if applying for a job starting August, dues must be paid through September)

    -          have all the required safety certificates

    Members who held CSTS version 3.2 cards should be aware that Alberta Construction Safety no longer offers upgrades to the 09 version. The complete course must be taken – if you need this course, you can email and she’ll send you a link and password to complete the course. It takes from 6 – 8 hours to complete, but can be resumed at any time, so it’s not necessary to finish at one sitting.

    You can call either Local 8 office or email to check on your dues status.

  • Garry Melcosky was re-elected as Pension Plan Trustee at the close of mail-in balloting held in June.
  • We'd like to remind all members to keep their contact information current with the Local. If you’ve moved recently or changed your phone number /email address, you can email the new information to We will update our records and pass the information along to the Pension and H & W plans.

  • If you’re interested in taking a Job Steward Course, you can contact Shawn Griffin in the Edmonton office (extension 222). Kerry Hnybida (extension 223) can help you if you’d like to take a COMET course.



Important Notice re: CNRL Camps


The following is a communication from Canadian National Resources


Effective August 15, 2017 the licensed lounges/bars at the Horizon and Albian Sands sites will be permanently closed and both Canadian Natural work sites will become dry work sites/camps in alignment with all other Canadian Natural operating facilities.  Where camps and sites are designated as ‘dry’, alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the premises. 

Possession of alcohol on company property (including camp rooms) after August 15, 2017 is prohibited as per the Alcohol & Drug Policy.  Please be reminded that a violation of the Alcohol & Drug Policy is very serious and will result in corrective action up to and including termination of employment for employees, and removal from Company property or contract termination for Contractors.


If you have alcohol in your possession:

  • You must either take it home or otherwise dispose of it prior to August 15, 2017.
  • If your shift rotation does not end until after August 15, 2017, you can take the alcohol to Security who will hold it for you until your next flight home.  Security will dispose of any alcohol that is not claimed following your first checkout from camp after August 15, 2017.


Please direct any questions to your supervisor, your HR Business Advisor

or Labour Relations.