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Most Popular Careers Questions
We do have some rules about paying your dues, agreeing to drug & alcohol testing and not working for employers who have relationships with other labour organizations. But beyond a pretty basic set of rules, as soon as you are initiated, you're equal to every other member of our Local. You're welcome at our Member Meetings, and you're encouraged to speak you mind on all the issues that affect you as a Member, and your family.
Most Popular General Questions
Please click on the link below for all information on rules, regulations and procedures for working on travel cards. If you still have questions, call 780 452-7080 between 8 am and 4 pm (Mountain Time) weekdays. Ask for the Travel Card department.
Download the Dispatch of Potential Apprentice Members information sheet and read it. If you have questions, call 780 452-7080 between 8 am and 4 pm weekdays.
Our boundaries encompass Northern Alberta, north of (and including) the City of Red Deer, which is about halfway between Calgary and Edmonton. Our jurisdiction for Refrigeration Mechanics includes the whole province of Alberta.
Individuals are entitled to access their personal information that is collected. Information about an individual can be accessed by that individual, by written request to the appropriate Union privacy designate.
Your personal information will potentially be disclosed, among others, to:
General membership for the purpose of processing charges;
Home Locals where applicable;
The International for purposes of paying dues;
The Health and Welfare, Pension or Education Trust Fund; the Benevolent Fund, or the Employment Insurance Supplementary Unemployed Benefit Fund, or any other Fund constituted pursuant to a Collective Agreement to assist in the administration of the members' benefits.
Most Popular New Membership Questions
Membership costs $40. If you have let your membership lapse, and you want to be reinstated, the fee is $100. After your first reinstatement, a future reinstatement must be considered by our Executive Board. In order to use our dispatch system, new members are charged 3 months non-working dues ($105) when they join us.
Yes. But the first time you decide to return to the union, the membership fee will be $100. If you leave and return more than once, our Executive Board must consider whether to accept you back a third time. Frankly, this system is in place because we want members who think of their union as an organization within which they can further their career, not just as a quick-and-easy job-finding mechanism.
Usually about 3 months. That can vary with several factors, including the scheduling of the next Heritage Course (orientation and swearing-in) after you decide you want to be a permanent member.
No. Local 488 permits you to defer your final decision about UA membership for up to a year, or to the end of your first dispatch job, whichever comes first.
Our employers make a pre-access D&A test mandatory, and our Local supports that decision, because pre-access D&A testing makes the jobsite safer for everyone. Safety for our members is our most important concern. You should also know that if there is a safety-related incident on a jobsite, everyone involved will be required to take another D&A test. All D&A testing of our members conforms to the Canadian Model. You either pass a D&A test, or you fail. There’s no in-between.