Boilermakers Annual Fishing Derby

On February 12th, 2018 the Boilermakers annual fishing derby was once again held on the Vedder River in Chilliwack, B.C. In attendance were around 25 avid fisherman who braved the very cold temperatures for their chance to become this year’s winner.  Lodge 359 congratulates member Ian Biela whose catch weighed in at 7lbs 3oz to become the first winner of the derby in 3 years. The Boilermakers would also like to acknowledge the sponsors of this year’s derby which include Sea-Run Fly and Tackle, Cabelas, and CIMS for their generous donations to help make this year a success.

A special thanks goes out to Rob McCormack, Jason Swetlikoff and Jordan Streng for their efforts in arranging and organizing the event. We look forward to next year’s derby and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a day on the river.


John Hart Dam Video

Please click here to view the Wide Awake Films production at the John Hart Dam.

Income Tax Assessments Opinion Letter

On Wednesday March 14th the Union met with Lewis & Company, a chartered professional accounting firm in Vancouver to seek an opinion on the tax assessments that the members are receiving from the CRA. The meeting resulted in an opinion letter being drafted for our members use. The letter will be mailed to all active field construction members and a copy posted on the website, please click here to view.

Our next step is that we have requested the Building Trades Council convene a special called meeting to discuss a path forward for all Unions. We were in touch with the President of the council this afternoon and can advise that our request for a meeting has his support. The results of the meeting will be reported on the website as details become available.

Health & Welfare Plan Improvements

The Health & Welfare Plan Trustees recently added upgrades to the Plan’s vision care section, please click here to view the member letter.

Job Ready Dispatch – Attention All Active and Retired Construction Field Members

Please be advised that the in lieu of waiving the JRD requirements for retired Construction members, the BCA has agreed to reimburse training costs the same as for active members.

Regarding the Quantitative fit tests. Fit tests should be completed for both the North and 3M half and full face masks. The North masks are the 7600 and the 7700. The 3M masks are the 6000 and 6500.

A list of training centers is provided for on the Apprenticeship and Training page, please click here. The list will be updated if new providers are found.

Rumour List

The 2018 Rumour List has just been updated.

Please click here to view.

Sample JRD Certificates and Receipts

It is appreciated that members have started submitting their JRD certificates and receipts. It is very important to note that the certificate and the receipt must be clear and legible, also, each item must be scanned or photographed individually. Below are a few examples of how they should be submitted.

To submit your copies by email please send them to Jamie White –

Thank you

Job Ready Dispatch

The following post regarding the Job Ready Dispatch program is in part taken directly from Business Manager Nicholson’s letter to the Lodge 359 Field Construction Membership. Information about how the program will work for our membership and employers has been added to the end of the original letter.

Job Ready Dispatch (JRD)

As many members are becoming aware of Job Ready Dispatch requirements across the country, it should be of no surprise that the Owner/Clients in British Columbia are beginning to demand this very concept here at home, and are starting to request that contractors and their crews be prepared to start working the moment they arrive to site. A Lodge 359 committee and the BCA of British Columbia have met a number of times to discuss the importance of maintaining and remaining competitive. Together we have looked at ways to improve our marketability, one of which is the Job Ready Dispatch approach.

It has been agreed between Lodge 359 and the BCA of BC to implement the JRD program as described below. A copy of the LoU has also been provided in this mail out for your reference.

The JRD program shall be funded by an amendment to the Wage and Benefit Schedule of the Collective Agreement. An Employer only contribution to the JRD program of $0.30 per hour earned as a separate line item will become effective March 4, 2018.

So what exactly is Job Ready Dispatch and what are the benefits to the Boilermakers?

For members of Lodge 359, Job Ready Dispatch will consist of 4 core certifications. These core certifications will be required by each member in order to be dispatched to work as of September 1, 2018.

Each member of Lodge 359 will be required to obtain these 4 core certifications. Upon successful completion, you will send a copy of your certificate along with receipt of payment to the Lodge 359 Training department and you will then be reimbursed 100% of your certificate cost.

Adopting a program such as this will not only satisfy the growing requests of the Clients we work for, but will also allow our members to travel more freely to other jurisdictions without being out of pocket for the costs associated with having to obtain these training certificates on their own. The Boilermakers have led the charge in most avenues throughout history and we feel by taking the lead in British Columbia by implementing the Job Ready Dispatch program, we will show the Clients and potential new Clients that we are willing to work with them to create a more viable workforce that is ready to work the moment they arrive to site.

What if I already have some of the required certifications?

The Union understands that a number of our members may have recently obtained some or all of the required certifications prior to the announcement of the Lodge 359 program, and as such, we have looked at ways to compensate those members in a fair manner. Members who have acquired any of the core certifications listed above that are not yet expired and which have 12 months or more time remaining before expiring will be reimbursed through the ATAC Fund. You must submit a copy of your certificate(s) along with receipt of payment(s) to the Training department and you will be reimbursed on a pro-rated basis.

Where can these certifications be obtained?

Attached to this letter is a list of the current service providers located within British Columbia, an up to date list will also be maintained on the Unions website on the Apprenticeship and Training page.

What’s next?

I have directed Business Representative Jordan Streng and Training Coordinator Gord Weel to immediately begin arranging member meetings throughout the Province in order to discuss the JRD program. Meeting dates will be announced on the nightly dispatch tape and on the Union’s website once they become available.

How do I submit my certificates and receipts to the Union?

You can bring copies into the office. You can scan copies and email them to You can take a photo with a smart phone and email them to Copies must be legible or you will be required to resend.

How does the Dispatcher know that I have my certificates?

Once you submit your certificates and receipt of payment to the Training department, Administrative Assistant Jamie White will enter your documents into the UnionWare data base and the documents will link to the Dispatch module. Next to each members name within the Dispatch module will be a column entitled JRD. Within that column will be a “Yes” or a “No”. Yes means all of your certificates are current, No means that at least one of your certificates has expired or you have never submitted all of the required certificates. If you have a “No” next to your name come September 1, 2018, the Dispatcher will not be able to send you to work.

90 days prior to the expiry of any of your certificates an auto email will be sent by the UnionWare system warning you that a certificate is about to expire. You should take immediate steps at that time to insure that your certificates remain current.

How does the Employer access my certificates?

Within the UnionWare system is a module known as TransferLink. Our Employers have the ability to request a username and password from the Union to access this secured module. Through this module our Employers can submit Work Orders, Remittances and Certificates. Employers can access and print any dispatch orders related to their company only. Employers can also access and print all safety certificates which are related to their work orders for their company only. For example, if 100 members are dispatched to a job, once that order is filled, the employer will be able to download a zip file containing all of the safety certificates related to those members who are dispatched to the employers job site. These certificates will then be available to WorkSafeBC upon a request of an audit, they can also be shared with the Owner/Clients as proof of training.

It is very important to note that Employers cannot access any members personal or private information through TransferLink.

Letter of Understanding

Please click here to view the Letter of Understanding between Lodge 359 and the BCA of BC.


Field Member Health & Welfare Self Pay Subsidy

This news article is very important to all construction field members, please take the time to read it and share it with your Union Brothers and Sisters.

Our Field Member Health & Welfare Plan is highly subsidized, in essence, those who contribute the greater number of man hours to the Plan help to defer the costs of those who contribute a lesser amount of man hours. Both active, retired and disabled members are entitled to subsidies under certain conditions. Our retired field members receive a higher subsidy than the actives and I think you will agree that they deserve it.

When a members hour bank is insufficient to cover the monthly cost of benefits, he or she will receive a self pay notice in the mail. The member is asked two questions on which type of payment to choose in order for benefits to continue. Question one is regarding Subsidized Self-Payment, question two is regarding Unsubsidized Self-Payment.

If your choice is Subsidized Self-Payment you must sign and date the declaration certifying that “During the work month of   XXXX  I was not employed or, if I was, it was only with an employer required to make contributions on your behalf to the Boilermakers Lodge 359 Health & Welfare Fund.”

The Subsidized Self-Payment certification then goes on to say that “A false statement will result in having to make full retroactive restitution of premiums at the higher rate shown below and may result in my coverage being terminated.

Each month, the Plan’s Administrator, Bilsland Griffith, sends copies of the self pay notices to the Union. One Union Representative who is normally a Trustee to the Plans reviews the signed self pay notices and checks individual member dispatch records in order to see if they worked during the self pay month, or to question whether the member was entitled to a subsidized self payment. If the Representative has reason to believe that the member was working outside of the Trade, that member will be contacted by the Representative and questioned about their employment history outside of the Union.

As you can imagine it is very difficult to accurately police subsidized self pays. The Plan has always relied on its members to be truthful and claim their self pay accordingly. In essence, short of requiring each member to supply a copy of their Income Tax Statements and their T4’s to the Plan there is no full proof means to insure 100% compliance. The last thing that the Plans Trustees would ever want to do is eliminate the subsidies, so the next time you sign and date the self pay notice, keep in mind that your decision to choose subsidized or unsubsidized self payments is of paramount importance.

There are two reasons why this news article is being posted on the website at this time, one is for the general information of our field members, the other is because one of our members was just confronted about claiming the subsidy when not entitled to it.

The member that was confronted will remain unnamed, but it is very important to note that the member said that they were unaware of the rules surrounding subsidized self pays. Just as was described above, this member did receive a self pay notice, either chose to read the terms or not, and then selfishly claimed the subsidy. The member also felt that it was unfair that he/she would now be charged the full unsubsidized rate retroactively for the months that he/she was employed with an employer that was NOT required to make contributions on his/her behalf to the Boilermakers Lodge 359 Health & Welfare Fund. I think that you will agree that this member not only cheated the Plan, but has placed the subsidized system for all members in jeopardy.

During the month of June each year, the Health & Welfare Trustees receive a report from the administrator, the report is the annual cost of benefits analysis for the previous year and projections for the current year. Below are a list of facts regarding subsidies from the report for your review.

 2016 Self Payment Subsidy For Active Field Members
Plan A - SubsidizedPlan B SubsidizedPlan A UnsubsidizedPlan B UnsubsidizedOption E-Disabled
Total Cost of Benefits$292.90$217.29$292.90$217.29$212.80
Monthly Self Pay Amount$200.00$168.00$413.00$343.00$0.00
Average Number of Members Enrolled8762013
Annual Subsidy of Self Pay Option$96,992.00$3,549.00-$2,882.00$0.00$33,197.00

A footnote to the table above;

  • Using an average of 137 hours per month, the 2016 cost per hour is $2.12, including Plan management costs.
  •  The Hourly contribution rate is $3.49 (since November 1, 2002). Accordingly, $1.37 per hour is used to offset the cost of the subsidies for Field Pensioners, Self Paying Actives and Disabled members.
  • Based on 137 hours, a Field Member contributed $155.36 per month to the cost of the subsidies in 2016.
 2016 Self Payment Subsidy For Field Pensioners
Plan A - SubsidizedPlan B SubsidizedPlan A UnsubsidizedPlan B Unsubsidized$2000.00 Life Only
Total Cost of Benefits$288.85$232.19$320.05$0.00$4.80
Monthly Self Pay Amount$135.00$111.00$182.00$0.00$0.00
Average Number of Members Enrolled391152036
Annual Subsidy of Self Pay Option$721,885.00$21,815.00$3,313.00$0.00$2,074.00


Ken Noga
Assistant Business Manager

January 2018 Newsletter

2017 Children’s Christmas Party

For the first time since 2010 the Lodge held a Christmas Party for the kids complete with our very own Sandy McKimmie in the role of Santa Clause. There was food, gifts and crafts for all to enjoy. Special thank you to Sat Chatta, Kyle Lepitre and Jordan Streng for setting up and putting together the whole event.





















December 2017 Monthly Meeting

The Christmas membership meeting was once again held at the Cascades Casino Hotel & Convention Centre located in Langley. This years meeting was slightly smaller than most with only about 65 members in attendance. As per past practice service pins were handed out to those members with 25 or more continuous years in the Union.

2018 Taxable Travel

It has come to the Attention of Lodge 359 that employers may have started taxing members’ Initial/Terminal travel fares starting January 2018. It should be noted that this is being done in a manner that is now consistent with the Income Tax Act, and unfortunately there was no information passed along by our employer groups identifying that this would be the practice going into 2018.  We encourage all members to keep a detailed mileage record for each job they attend as well as fuel and travel related expense receipts for their personal records. We also encourage all members to ask their income tax providers what costs will be deductible in respect to this new taxation so that all relateable expense receipts can be submitted come tax time. It is our intention during the next round of bargaining to engage in talks with the employer associations and discuss the possibility of changing the language relating to travel expenses to more accurately reflect the current Income Tax Act language.


All members are advised to either call the general office or log onto their MemberLink accounts and make sure that they are posted and that dispatch has their current phone number. Although there is no rumour list available yet, by all accounts 2018 looks like a busy year starting with a large outage at the Chevron Refinery in Burnaby.

Health & Welfare/Pension Plan Trustee in Training

The Health & Welfare/Pension Plan Trustees are looking for one new Trustee in Training. The Trustees would like to thank Jesse Lilburn for his interest but unfortunately Jesse has decided to relinquish the position. The Trustees request that any Field member whom may be interested in the position to call the Boilermakers general office 778.369.3590. Names will be taken up until the 5th of March.


The AHC annual general meeting was held at the IBEW 213 Hall on Tuesday January 9th 2018. Part of the agenda was discussing AHC/CHC’s negotiations with the current NDP government that reaffirmed any new projects with BC Hydro will be using the John Hart PLA as a standard agreement over the AHC/CHC agreement. As you may be aware of, the current AHC/CHC agreement will expire with the completion of Revelstoke 6 which is on the table for the near future. BC Hydro also divulged that over the next 10 years they will be spending 10 billion dollars in the power generation sector alone, which would exclude Site C. This money would be allocated mainly for refurbishing and upgrading current hydro facilities. On a good note for the BC Building Trades, the NDP also said that CLAC has had a 16 year run and it was now time for the Building Trades.

John Hart Dam

The first quarterly meeting at the John Hart Hydro Generating Station in Campbell River on January 11, 2018. The updated schedule shows the winding down  and completion around summertime 2018 with the current 6 Boilermakers on site to be wrapping up in the next couple months. When the Boilermakers put forward the question as to who would be doing the demolition once the project received final commissioning, the answer was they would follow the John Hart Agreement and were in finalizing negotiations with FMI as the contractor. The demolition would be scheduled for approximately a year from now.

Site C

Since the approval of the continuation for the Site C project in mid December 2017 we have seen a return of Boilermakers working on the fabrication of the turbine and generation components. The contractor, Group LAR will most likely be increasing manpower on the day shift to facilitate 10 to 12 members by summer 2018.

Apprenticeship and Trade Advancement

The table below represents 5 levels of Apprentice training achieved as compared to the total number of work hours for each level and the number of Apprentices which fall into each catagory.

A reminder to all Welders, we have an instructor at the training centre two days per week, Mondays and Tuesdays. Our instructor can provide weld performance testing in accordance with CSA B51 and ASME Section IX. Any member wishing to practice or upgrade their skills are welcome to come in any day of the week, but please call first and speak to Gord or Jamie to book a both.

BM 01 is Foundation, BM 02 is Level 2 Upgrade, BM 03 is Level 3 Upgrade, BM 04 is Level 4 Refresher Course, BM IP is Boilermaker Inter-Provincial Red Seal.

Training Levels0-1000
Total Apprentices
BM - 01 220000022
BM - 021514524141
BM - 03112731428
BM - 040100001
BM - IP039410531
2017 Apprenticeship Training Programs
Course TypeLocationDates
Apprentice Level 4 UpgradeJoe Kiwior - Ivan Shook Training CentreJanuary 2018
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITJanuary 8 to February 9, 2018
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITFebruary 19 to March 23, 2018
Boilermaker FoundationBCITMarch 26 to August 31, 2018
Apprentice Level 2 UpgradeBCITOctober 9 to November 9, 2018
Apprentice Level 3 UpgradeBCITNovember 19 to December 21, 2018