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DISPATCH RULES (click here)


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY with UA Local Union 488: Please click here for the details of the Steamfiter Instructor posting at the Alberta Pipe Trades College!
HOT Job Notice: Please click here to read the important advisory issued by UA Canada regarding the Surmont/Conoco Phillips site run by GJ Cahill.
Please click here for important updated information on requirements for welders working in British Columbia!
PLEASE NOTE:  PCL & Conoco Philips sites will only accept ticketed Steamfitters for their Fitter calls; PLUMBERS will not be dispatched to Steamfitter calls.
  We run a simple dispatch process:

First, we have to know you want to go to work: Fill out an Out-of-Office Fax Form and fax it to our Dispatch Centre at 780-451-2018. (Please note you can't fax it to us from a jobsite.) Out-of-Work forms are available from our offices in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, or on this website (link to form-see above).

Second, show up at the Dispatch Centre: Work slips are given to members at the Dispatch Centre (16214 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton) at the following times Monday through Friday, except Statutory Holidays: 

B Welders: 9:00 AM    Fitters: 10:00am
Apprentices: 1:30pm

You can also request to take the call-out Online using our Request a Dispatch Slip.  Please ensure that you have read ALL the rules.

These days, it’s rare for anyone who wants to work to leave the Dispatch Centre without a slip, unless he or she is seeking highly specialized work. There are a few things to remember about this process:

  • It’s up to each member to notify the Dispatch Centre when he or she is out of work. Don’t rely on the employer to tell us!
  • Subject to the usual delay waiting for results of Drug & Alcohol testing, you must show up to take your work assignment within 24 hours.
  • Works slips are distributed first to members who have been on the list the longest.