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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
If you have a complaint or concern arising from the implementation and/or breach of this Policy, you have 30 days from the date of such breach to file a complaint to the Union Privacy designate. The Union Privacy designate will provide you with a written decision as to your complaint as soon as reasonably possible.
Start by downloading the Travel Card Information sheets. 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.
The Union collects only that information that is reasonable to assist the individual to gain employment within the jurisdiction of the Union, and so that the Union can provide the individual with the benefits available to him or her. The information collected, used and disclosed includes but is not limited to:
2. Date of Birth;
3. Home and/or business address;
4. Social Insurance Number;
5. Emergency contact information;
6. Telephone number;
7. Proof of trade qualifications;
8. Home Local information when necessary;
9. Discipline records;
10. Information regarding dues and remittances;
11. Collective Agreement administration material.
Wherever personal information is disclosed, no more information than is required will be provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you work in the commercial construction sector, you’re paid every two weeks. If you work for our industrial construction employers, you’ll be paid weekly. All members receive vacation pay with each pay cheque.