leaders in unionized maintENANCE
has been building trusted partnerships between owners, contractors and tradespeople since 1952
The GPMC/NMC is an alliance of all the building trades required for industrial maintenance. It negotiates and administers multi-trade agreements, which can cover from one to 13 trades, for maintenance work on industrial facilities.
GPMC/NMC may not be a household acronym, but the organization plays an important role in the Canadian economy. GPMC/NMC agreements provide secure full-time employment for more than 14,000 skilled tradespeople and are worth $1.1 billion in wages and benefits each year. The organization works with more than 120 employers and has agreements in eight out of 10 Canadian provinces.
The alliance administers maintenance agreements in key industrial sectors including oil sands extraction, oil refining, petrochemicals, mining, electricity generation, pulp and paper, natural gas processing, offshore oil and gas processing, steel production and consumer product production.
Our maintenance agreements provide stable, long-term labour/management relations with a process that’s about as simplified as you can get. We meet owners’ needs in ways that would be impossible with 13 separate agreements...We also provide construction workers with long-term jobs where they can make good money in a work environment with very few grievances
Former UA International Representative and Chairman of the GPMC/NMC (Retired)
Before we started working with the NMC...we had multiple contracts and a lot of work stoppages and walkouts. Thanks to this agreement, all the unions are under one umbrella and we have continuity.
New Brunswick (NB) Power
The GPMA and NMA are stand-alone agreements-the terms and conditions are not the same as those found in agreements for single trades.
GPMC/NMC maintenance agreements
are all about creating employment opportunities for building trades
Over its 60 years in operation, the GPMC/NMC has earned the trust of unions, employers and maintenance customers by providing stable multi-trade agreements that cover critical maintenance activities. The agreements adopt the basic monetary terms negotiated by the 13 unions in the alliance, and feature a cooperative, streamlined grievance process. They also incorporate a clause ensuring that there will be no strikes or lockouts to disrupt essential maintenance activities.
The GPMC/NMC succeeds by delivering value to all of its stakeholders. It provides maintenance customers with the highly skilled tradespeople they need to maintain complex industrial facilities. It helps contractors develop pragmatic, flexible approaches to upcoming projects, and provides them with valuable information they can use to bid on maintenance work. And it offers skilled tradespeople the chance to earn good money in stable, long-term jobs that continue after construction is complete.
In 2012 GPMC/NMC celebrated their 60th Anniversary.
Have a look at GPMC/NMC's long history in the Canadian contract maintenance industry:
The GPMC/NMC has been building trusting partnerships between owners, contractors and tradespeople since 1952, when it negotiated its first contract at what is now the Shell refinery in Sarnia, Ontario. By the end of the 1960s the alliance had agreements in four provinces and had expanded into the mining and chemical sectors. During the 1970s and 1980s, it signed new agreements in the fertilizer and power generation sectors, expanded activities in Alberta, and added new customers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. By 1990, GPMC/NMC agreements accounted for more than seven million work hours annually.
During the 1990s the number of work hours climbed to 10 million as new projects in Newfoundland and Manitoba came online. Over the following decade the alliance expanded further in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland, and the number of work hours doubled, to 20 million.
Today, the GPMC/NMC agreements account for over 28 million hours of maintenance work annually.
The unions that participate in the GPMC/NMC are committed to negotiating and administering fair but competitive agreements that will preserve the maintenance work developed for their members
for generations to come.
Alstom Power Canada
Babcock & Wilcox
Amec Black and McDonald
RSL Mechanical Services
Kvaerner North American Construction Ltd.
Transfield Asset Management Services Integrated Ltd.
Major Maintenance Clients
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
U.S. Steel Canada
New Brunswick Power
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Building Trades Unions
Canadian Office Building and Construction Trades Department
Saskatchewan Building and Construction Trades Council
Building Trades of Alberta
Newfoundland and Labrador Building and Construction Trades Council
British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council
Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades Council
Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council
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