WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MEMBER
Belonging to Local 7 gives you rights under the law that you do not have as an individual. As a member of Local 7, your wages, benefits, hours and working conditions are agreed with your employer in a process known as Collective Bargaining. As a result, members of Local 7, on average, earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who are not members
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
|WHO||Local 7 members are encouraged and invited to attend the regular monthly meetings|
|WHY||To discuss and vote on important issues. If you do not attend these meetings then you have no input into the decisions and outcome of votes|
|WHEN||The third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.|
|WHERE||Local 7, I.U.B.A.C. 2100 Thurston Drive, Unit 3, Ottawa, ON, K1G 4K8|
Local 7 encourages all apprentices to register for, and complete the Brick and Stone Apprenticeship Program and to pass the Red Seal Masonry exam.
Local 7 has prepaid for courses covering subjects from WHMIS 2015 for Workers, to Time Management to Back Safety and more. Several of them are available in French. The courses will be available to you and your friends and families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can take and retake them as often as you want.
TOOL SALES AND MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
The International Union purchases union-made products and apparel manufactured in the U.S. or Canada in bulk, then passes the savings along to members. Members can order online or by phone. Arrangements can be made for onsite delivery of tools, please call 613-739-5944 for more information. You can also visit the BAC Tool Sales
Representation at WSIB
Ontario - Representation at WSIB is available to all members working under the Ontario Collective Agreement for either Brick or Tile. It is extremely important that members report all injuries to their supervisors immediately and that the correct forms are completed. Failure to do so can result in a denial of benefits by WSIB. For this reason, we encourage all members who have suffered an injury at work to communicate with the Local. Our WSIB consultant will make sure that WSIB forms 6, 7 & 8 are correctly and timely completed.
Quebec - For those Local 7 members working under the Quebec Collective Agreement for either Brick or Tile, representation at the CNESST is also available. Please contact the local for details. As with those working in Ontario, it is extremely important to report a work related injury immediately to your supervisor and also fill out the required forms, timely.
MEMBERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
If you're experiencing difficulties with personal problems, we highly encourage you to make use of the M.A.P. for you and your family.
You can receive assistance with substance abuse and emotional and psychological events that greatly affect your quality of life. Some of the most common lifestyle issues are: depression, traumatic life events, family violence, abuse (verbal, sexual, physical), divorce and separation, financial, legal, gambling.
Dave Hedley, M.A.P. Counselor is there to help you at 613-850-2860. He can also be reached at his office 613-742-7962 or toll free 1-800-258-0580.
These services are at no cost to members or family members. Please do take advantage of this assistance to find the support and receive the help you may not always know you need.
The following information is provided courtesy of the Bricklayers and Trowel Trades International Pension Fund/International Health Fund/International Health Fund.
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