Becoming a Union Tradesperson

The only major barrier to UBC membership for those with little or no experience is demand from employers for first-year apprentices.

We understand how difficult it is to get your start as a skilled tradesperson in the union. However, employers always need some people at the entry level, so even if you are less-experienced, the best thing to do is contact our offices and speak to the recruitment department who can tell you about current demand.

Please be aware that even in the busiest times, employers do not hire as many inexperienced people as they do apprentices and journeymen. Also, there are often restrictions on entry-level people, such as being required to live in the area in which the work is occurring.

We are often looking for entry-level apprentices in the northwest regions of the province, such as Fox Creek, Whitecourt, and Grande Prairie. Fort McMurray is also a great place to start your career. However, these positions are local hire only – keep in mind that some of our best journeymen initially had to relocate in order to begin their careers. That may end up being the best option for you, as many job sites across the province are moving towards a local hire model to meet their workforce demands – meaning that there are very few camp or Living Out Assistance (LOA) opportunities for first year apprentices or novices.

Industrial Technical Training (ITT) Admission

Another option for novices with very little job site experience is our Industrial Technical Training program. We have a few intakes each year in Edmonton, Calgary, and Fort McMurray. This may be an option for you.

    • Applicants pre-screened through an interview process or children/dependents of members will be invite to undertake Industrial Technical Training (ITT) at the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre.
    • A passing grade of 70% must be achieved, as well as recommendation by the instructor. If you do not achieve 70%, you will be asked to upgrade your skills or language comprehension, and to re-apply after one year. A fail in ITT will require you to pay for the course in full for a second attempt.
    • Your total participation and complete concentration is required. Ignore your cell phone. Complete the tasks assigned to you safely. Display a good attitude, and be conscious of safety. Repeatedly demonstrating unsafe work practices will result in an automatic fail.
    • Successfully completing ITT does not automatically mean an invitation to join the Alberta Carpenters. We are looking for the best. Bring your best self to the course and show us why we should want you as a union member.

    Apply for ITT

    To become a member, visit our application page.

LU1325 Christmas Party cancelled
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To LU1325 members, Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we must regrettably cancel this year’s LU1325 Christmas party. As a result of the ever-changing Government of Alberta Covid guidelines and restrictions, we unfortunately do not have the level of certainty and … Read More

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation UBC webinar Sept. 30
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The UBC Canadian District office will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The district feels it is imperative to not only honour this day but also facilitate our continued education regarding the legacy of … Read More

ARCCAW group home and auto insurance program insurer change
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As you are probably aware, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (“RSA”) was recently acquired by Intact Financial Corporation. As a result, Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers Group Home and Auto Insurance Program will now … Read More

ARCCAW offices closing to public effective Sept. 20
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Due to revised Government of Alberta Covid-19 regulations, effective Monday, September 20, the ARCCAW offices will be closed to members and the public until further notice. This affects all locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray. The Alberta Carpenters Training … Read More

UBC Canadian District 2021 election checklist
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To our members: Members and workers, we encourage you to print off the UBC Canadian District’s 2021 Election Checklist as you consider the platforms and engage the candidates in this year’s federal election.  The 8-point checklist covers the UBC Canadian … Read More

BTA: Questions for federal candidates
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With the federal election less than a week away, candidates are ramping up their engagement with constituents in the ridings they’re working to represent. Our partners at the Building Trades of Alberta, via their Political Action Committee, have developed a … Read More

Construction help needed for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s 30th anniversary build
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To our members: Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is currently scheduling construction volunteers at their new Spruce Grove build, which is scheduled for completion in 2022. We encourage our members with spare time and skills to consider contributing to Habitat for Humanity’s … Read More

We continue to fight for fairness for our members
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At the time of this writing, there are major Alberta contractors using their leverage and influence to erode protections, pay and ultimately opportunities for skilled tradespeople across the province. By reclassifying and in fact misclassifying the job descriptions of these … Read More

Many work opportunities available throughout Alberta
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To our members: Once again, we’d like to remind members that there are open work opportunities available throughout the province. If you are interested in bidding on these positions, please log into your Dispatch profile to confirm your eligibility and … Read More

UPDATE: Location change for tonight’s LU1325 meeting in Fort McMurray
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To members of LU1325: Please be advised that tonight’s meeting (Sept. 1) in Fort McMurray has a location change. The meeting will now be hosted at the main office in Fort Murray located at #33, 101 Signal Road. We regret … Read More

ARCCAW public access via west doors only starting Sept. 7
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Please be advised that effective Tuesday, September 7, the east side main doors of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers in Edmonton (15210 123 Avenue) will be closed while concrete work is completed in front of the … Read More

Brock Canada seeking scaffolders for work in Medicine Hat
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To our members: Brock Canada has submitted a manpower request for scaffolding positions for work on the Medicine Hat Provincial Building. They are seeking: First-year apprentices (2) Second-year apprentices (1) Third-year apprentices (1) Journeyman scaffolders (2) These positions are local … Read More

AlumaSafway currently reviewing restrictions
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To our members: AlumaSafway has an immediate and pressing need for members to support work on sites throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, including at Suncor and Syncrude. To determine if you are eligible, please contact the Dispatch Office … Read More

UPDATE: All LU1325 meetings now on first Wednesday of month
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To our members: Please be advised of a new recurring change to the regular monthly meetings for members of LU1325. All monthly regular meetings for LU1325 will now be held on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 8 … Read More

Alberta Local union executive election results
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Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers, it is my pleasure to share the results of the Executive Council elections for LU1325, LU2103 and LU1460. The results are as follows: LU1325 The vote … Read More

LU2103 regular monthly member meetings resume July 15
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Brother and Sisters, We are pleased to announce that regular monthly member meetings for LU2103 resume on Thursday, July 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting scheduled to start at 7 p.m. LU2103 members in the Red Deer … Read More

Reopening dates for Alberta Carpenters
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Brothers and Sisters, We are pleased to announce our tentative re-opening schedule. On Wednesday, July 7, we look forward to welcoming members of LU1325 for the resumption of regular monthly meetings. The Edmonton and Fort McMurray locations will both open … Read More

Zoom meeting with District Vice President Jason Rowe – May 19
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Brothers and Sisters, please mark your calendars! Join Jason Rowe, Canadian District Vice President, and your Brothers and Sisters from across Canada for a discussion on: Training & Skills Development Benefits Worker Mobility Politics Contest for members – participate for … Read More

Day of Mourning 2021
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Today marks the Day of Mourning, a day we pause to grieve, to remember and to reflect on fellow workers who have been killed, injured or made ill on the job. Tragically, 150 Albertans lost their lives as a result … Read More

Construction industry tax fraud costing Alberta billions
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Today, the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers announced its participation in the second-annual Tax Fraud Days of Action, an initiative of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to raise awareness about construction industry tax fraud. Tax Fraud Days … Read More

Update from General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada
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Brothers and Sisters, Five years ago, the General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada (GPMC/NMC) communicated to our members that the climate within the contract maintenance industry required significant changes in order for us to compete and survive collectively. Hard decisions were … Read More

Member bursary programs: one opening, one closing April 30
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We encourage all eligible members to apply for these bursary programs. Robert Provencher Bursary Trust Fund The Robert Provencher Bursary Trust Fund is available to dependents of Local 1325 members who are enrolling in a full-time, post-secondary program. The maximum … Read More

ARCCAW seeking carpenters with residential framing experience
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Brothers and Sisters, Do you have experience in residential construction and framing? The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers is working on a new residential construction partnership. The contractor is seeking carpenters with experience in residential framing. The … Read More

Bidding and accepting a dispatch during RSAP suspension by CLRA
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February 26, 2021 Brothers and Sisters, This is an update for members of Locals 1325 and 2103 regarding bidding and accepting dispatches while the CLRA has suspended the Carpenters Union from RSAP. Due to ongoing issues related to the Collective … Read More

ACTIMS Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program
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The Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program was created to recognize women who are members of the Canadian Building Trades, and to bring awareness of employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades. This annual awards/bursaries program provides 3 recipients each … Read More

District Zoom meeting with General President Doug McCarron – Feb. 9
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January 26, 2021 Brothers and Sisters, Please Join Doug McCarron, General President, UBCJA, Jason Rowe, Canadian District Vice President, and your brothers and sisters from across Canada for a discussion on: Training & Skills Development Leadership Politics & Trade The … Read More

Update on Construction Employee Family Assistance Program
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Brothers and Sisters, Happy New Year to all our members. We wanted to provide you with a short update and clarification on information related to member supports. Specifically, services offered through the Construction Employee Family Assistance Program (CEFAP). Recently, the … Read More

Holiday greetings and looking forward to 2021
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December 23, 2020 First, some quick housekeeping: While all our offices are currently closed to the public, the Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray offices are closed for all business from December 24,2020 until we reopen on a limited basis to staff … Read More

Alberta Carpenters council offices closing to public until further notice
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Effective Monday, November 30, the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers offices in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Calgary will be closed to the public until further notice. The last day of public access is Friday, November 27. The … Read More

UBC Zoom meeting: U.S. election results – Dec. 3
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Brothers and Sisters, What do the U.S. election results mean for the UBC and our members? Join Jason Rowe, Vice President, Canadian District, UBCJA and your brothers and sisters from across Canada to discuss the results and how they affect you and your union. DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 TIME: 7:00 – … Read More

ACAW offices closed from Nov. 23-27
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Brothers and Sisters, The Alberta Carpenters and Allied Workers (ACAW) Trust Funds office is in the process of moving to its new location. To help facilitate the move, the office will be closed from Monday, November 23 to Friday, November … Read More

Results of Collective Agreement ratification vote
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Brothers and Sisters, On behalf of our executive and the collective bargaining committee, I am pleased to share the results of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters Collective Agreement ratification vote. YES votes: 592 NO votes: 296 Total votes received: … Read More

To the family, friends and colleagues of Norman Hatami
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To the family, friends and colleagues of Norman Hatami. On behalf of the Executive and all the members of the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers, we extend our heartfelt condolences on the tragic passing of Norman. Please … Read More

Resources and links page updated with government contacts
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Brothers and Sisters, We have updated the Resources & Links page on our website to include links to help you find Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and provincial municipal officials. Why is this information important? … Read More

BTA Labour Day 2020 message
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On Labour Day, thank the workers getting us through these trying times  Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last … Read More

Mental health and depression virtual town hall Aug. 26
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Brothers & Sisters, We encourage you to participate in a virtual town hall discussing the topics of mental health, depression and ending stigma in the construction industry. Wednesday, August 26 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. MST CLICK HERE to register About … Read More

Edmonton council offices closed to public and members Aug. 20 and 21
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Please be aware that the Alberta Regional Council Administration Building located at 15210-123 Avenue Edmonton will be CLOSED to the public and members on Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 20. The closure is to allow the technical crew to … Read More

Applications for RJW Bursary Program Awards open Sept. 3
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Dear Brothers & Sisters, Please be advised that the 2020 RJW Bursary Program will be opening to accept applications on September 3, 2020. This year one-hundred (100) two-thousand ($2,000) dollar bursaries are available to be won to supplement the cost … Read More

CannAmm: Masks or face coverings now mandatory at all collection sites
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From CannAmm Occupational Testing Services: Beginning August 1, masks/face coverings will be mandatory for all individuals attending CannAmm collection sites. Unless mandated otherwise it is the responsibility of the individual to provide their own mask/face covering. Safe and reasonable strategies … Read More

UBC president: we support the right to peacefully protest
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Statement from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Supporting the Right to Peacefully Protest Change doesn’t come easy. Nothing worth working toward ever does. That is why the right to assemble and freedom of speech are at … Read More

Local offices reopening to members, public
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To our members and visitors. The main Council and local offices across the province will re-open to members and the general public on Monday, July 6. The location hours are as follows: Edmonton and Calgary – 8 a.m. to 4 … Read More

Merchandise page added to site
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We have added a merchandise page to the website. Merchandise includes items like fire-retardant hoodies, toques, tool belts and accessories. All merchandise is available to members only. Pick up is available at the Edmonton Council Office only and the member … Read More

Dues in arrears notifications to start July 1
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Dear Brothers and Sisters. Effective July 1, 2020, the Alberta locals will start sending out arrears notifications for membership dues. Notices for dues in arrears will cover periods of two, three and six months and will be sent to members … Read More

Fort Mac flood donation drive at Local 488 on April 30
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Big thanks to our Brothers and Sisters at Local 488 for creating this opportunity to provide support for Fort McMurray flood evacuees. From the 488 website: As many of you are already aware, thousands of Fort McMurray residents have once … Read More

Message to Alberta members from General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada
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Message to Alberta members from General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada

COVID-19 and union dues
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Over the last month, the Regional Council executive, in conjunction with the executives of Locals 1325 (Edmonton and Northern Alberta) and 2103 (Calgary), discussed strategies to support our members during this difficult time.

Easter greetings to our members
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We are committed to providing members with up-to-date and relevant information about COVID-19. Happy Easter to all.

Bursary award program applications now open
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Applications are now open for the Robert Provencher Bursary Trust Fund and the ACTIMS Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program.

Covid-19 FAQ for Members
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We are committed to providing relevant and up-to-date information about Covid-19. We encourage you to review these links and access the resources and supports that are applicable to you.

Building a Community: Local 2103 Member Roxie Baez Zamora
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  Airdrie East NDP candidate & Journeyman scaffolder Roxie Baez Zamora is hoping to trade in building one type of platform for another. Talk with Roxie Baez Zamora for a few minutes and you get the sense that you’re speaking … Read More

Message from Derrick Schulte
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Hello again Brothers and Sisters, As I write this message, Albertans will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 16, and we face a critical choice. We may never again enjoy the global oil prices and economic conditions of ten … Read More

ACTIMS Women in Trades Awards & Bursary 2019 – Apply now!
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The Women In Trades Awards/Bursaries Program was created to recognize women who are members of the Canadian Building Trades, and to bring awareness of employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.   This annual awards/bursaries program provides 3 recipients … Read More

February 26, 2019 Telephone Town Hall Details
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Telephone Town Hall Meeting with EST Derrick Schulte. UPDATED with the recording. You will receive an automated call this evening, just hang on the line, and you will be entered into the town hall. Dear sisters and brothers: Tonight is … Read More

Telephone Town Hall Rescheduled for Tuesday, February 26
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The Alberta-wide Carpenters Union Telephone Town Hall is ON AGAIN! We’re set up to go live at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 26. The call will last for one hour.  Just like last time, we will send an automated message … Read More

’Twas a great time for all
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Like families across Alberta, this past December, members of 1325 and 2103 and 1460 gathered to celebrate with all the joy of the holiday season. As always, there was plenty of great food, laughs games and gifts for the little … Read More

Local 1325 Curling Bonspiel Sweeping Back in March 2019
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  Four player teams. $100 a team. Breakfast, lunch, and guaranteed two games! All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors. Learn more about the Wounded Warriors here! Saturday, March 9th, Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club. Call 780.733.2160 or 780.471.3200, or … Read More

ARCCAW Posting: Representative – Edmonton/Central Alberta Region
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ALBERTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE – EDMONTON/CENTRAL ALBERTA REGION   The Alberta Regional Council is the governing body for all United Brotherhood affairs in Alberta.  The vision and mandate for the organization is to organize and … Read More

ARCCAW Posting: Representative – Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo Region
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ALBERTA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS REPRESENTATIVE – FORT MCMURRAY/WOOD BUFFALO REGION     The Alberta Regional Council is the governing body for all United Brotherhood affairs in Alberta.  The vision and mandate for the organization is to … Read More

Geared Up
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New products for the jobsite, campsite or at the cabin. TSTAK Radio + Charger This heavy-duty site radio provides premium AM/FM or streaming sound on the job with its four speakers plus one active subwoofer and one assisted bass resonator. … Read More

Connecting distant members: telephone town hall
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There was plenty of straight talk at the first ever telephone town hall. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”4″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The volunteers and call screeners were ready, and the countdown was on. The boardroom of the ARCCAW Union … Read More

Minister Shannon Phillips visits Triple M in Lethbridge
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Hometown proud. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”3″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips makes it her business to get to know her home town of Lethbridge by visiting the worksites, companies, employers, unions … Read More

Extreme scaffolding
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Red Bull Crashed Ice takes over Edmonton and Local 1325 was there. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   The snow has long-since melted, but the memories from the 2018 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton … Read More

Rocking the house for Wounded Warriors
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[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”1″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser” ajax_pagination=”0″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Saturday, March 10th, sixteen teams of four grabbed their brooms and headed out on the ice at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club for a great day filled with … Read More

Building on a long, successful career
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You can accomplish a lot in 38 years. Just ask Local 2010 member Dennis Kramps. During his career at ATCO, Dennis helped build thousands of trailers and kitchens for work camps, served as shop foreman, worked as shipper/receiver, and drove … Read More

Local 2103 and 1325 Family Picnics scheduled for August 12
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Local 2103 and Local 1325 Family Picnics set for Sunday, August 12th – Register your family today! Please remember to call us to get on the list – we need exact numbers! Thanks in advance. Register yourself and immediate family … Read More

Applications Available Now for the 2018 Robert J. Provencher Bursary!
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Sending the kids off to college this fall? Local 1325 might be able to help. Apply for our bursary by August 31st! The Robert J. Provencher Bursary is available to dependents of Local 1325 members who are enrolling in a … Read More

Pulling Together for #TeamAngie
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When Times Get Tough, the Tough Pull Together  On May 15, 2017, Angela Entz’s life changed forever. While working on the wall systems at Triple M Housing in Lethbridge, the roofing jig system failed and the steel frame collapsed onto … Read More

Recruitment & Orientations
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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of the Hardhat. Two September orientations at the Aluma branch office in Fort McMurray attracted 60 new and transferring members living in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as well as a … Read More