Local 18 Offices Re-Opening Phases

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Please note that with the current Ontario re-opening plan phases being rolled out, Local 18 offices will begin to re-open for member entry into lobbies/business areas following number of person entry limitations and posted guidelines. Please ensure you are following the posted covid-19 requirements should you be entering any Local 18 building, including: signing in, wearing face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and sanitizing hands. Should you wish to meet with a member of our staff, it is encouraged to make an appointment time in advance via phone/email.

The following timeline is anticipated based on current Provincial Re-Opening Phase Dates:

  • June 15, 2021: Access to the Benefits office lobby only, maximum 1 person at a time. *
  • July 5, 2021: Access to the Benefits office lobby and access to the front lobby through the hallways, maximum 2 people at a time. *
  • July 26,2021: Access to the Benefits office lobby and access to the front lobby (possibly new front entrance open too if renovations completed) maximum of 3 people at a time. *

*All people must follow posted covid-19 requirements to gain entry into allowed areas.

Local 18 will update our members as Provincial regulations change and if/when we are legally able to open the doors restriction free, just like we were in early 2020.  Things change daily and membership will be notified by e-blast if any changes to the above are implemented. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to returning to seeing you all once again.   

Mohawk Welding Course

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Memo: Local 18 Members:

Mohawk College offers a Basic Welding course (Course # WELD 10073) that is a great option for our members to take. Course description as listed on Mohawk Continuing Education:

Basic Welding– Develop skills as a hobbyist or explore a new career with this introductory course for the beginner welder. Provides instruction on basic welding theory and hand-on practical welding skills. Helmets will be provided. Materials included. Students must supply their own safety glasses with side shields, safety boots and welding gloves”

Upcoming Dates: are listed on the Mohawk College webpage.

Registration and courses are all completed through Mohawk College, please visit their Continuing Education website for more information and how to register: Basic Welding Mohawk

Should any Local 18 members be interested in taking external courses, such as the above Welding course at Mohawk, please ensure you contact Local 18 hall to be pre-approved by the manager for any reimbursement amounts prior to registering in the course. For more information on reimbursements for courses, please contact us.

2021 RJW Bursary Contest

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Attention Local 18 Members: The 2021 RJW Bursary is open to receive applications! 100 – $2,000 bursaries will be awarded to supplement the cost of post-secondary education! Visit rjwbursary.com for more information and to apply. Good luck!

July 2021 Vacation Pay Procedure

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Local 18 Membership / Permit Members:

Please be advised that due to current Covid-19 health crisis and social distancing/gathering restrictions, Local 18 will be MAILING all Vacation Pay cheques for the upcoming JULY payout.  All cheques will be placed in the mail on JULY 9th to the address we hold on file for members receiving a payment. If you have moved recently and require a change of address we must have your address change before June 30th; to do so please log into the Local 18 Members Portal online and update your address (Local 18 members), or contact either hall to advise of your change of address (permit members).

We kindly ask that you please do not arrive at either hall in an attempt to pick up your cheque in person, as we are not holding any cheques for in person pickup. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish you a safe and healthy summer.

Notice to Membership: January 13, 2021

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Due to the current Provincial requirements in place to reduce Covid-19 numbers from increasing, some of our Local 18 staff will be working from home periodically and not available at the office.  Should you need to reach a staff member, please reach out to them via phone (leave a voicemail) or via email, and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Business Reps and Organizers will be on the road everyday and available by cell and email as well.

Please note that our offices remain closed to walk-ins. No members or general public will be allowed access to the main offices, only the back lobby area in the Hamilton Benefits office.  Your understanding is appreciated in this.

Onsite training and other programs are also currently on hold until the Provincial government allows groups of 10 or more to be in an area at the same time.  Online courses such as GH WHMIS, Confined Space and Power Elevated Platform are available online if you sign up for them on the Local 18 Members Training Portal. 

We ask once again that if you call, please leave a message for the person you called in the office. We check our voicemails regularly. Be safe, work safe and eventually we will get back to some type of normal soon. 

Local 18 Training Courses

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Please note that with the Local 18 office closures and local/provincial restrictions currently in place, we will not be running any on-site training and upgrading courses for the forseable future at Local 18. Once it is safe to do so, we will begin to schedule courses again for our membership. Any questions, please inquire with the Training Coordinator. Thank you for your understanding.

Local 18 Office Closures-Effective Immediately

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Ontario will be entering a province wide shutdown effective December 26, 2020. To do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health & safety of the community and our employees, Local 18 has closed our offices to public access until further notice. Please note that staff will be available by phone, email and in person by appointment only. Please ensure you leave a detailed message if you require a call back from staff.

We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season and New Year.