Paul M. Faulkner is a dedicated professional with a long and illustrious career in the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers industry. With a strong commitment to the union and a wealth of experience, Paul Faulkner has made significant contributions throughout the labor movement.
Experience and Current Positions
Paul Faulkner embarked on his career as an Apprentice with the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers. He joined Local 58 in Montreal, Quebec, in November of 1977, marking the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the union. Over the years, Paul Faulkner has held various crucial roles within the union, including Executive Board member, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Insulator Inspector, and Jobsite Delegate. His dedication also extended to the position of International Vice-President of Eastern Canada.
Elected to Full-Time Union Positions
Paul has a remarkable track record of being elected to significant full-time union positions, demonstrating his leadership and vision. He has served as Local 58’s Recording Secretary, Executive Board member, and Vice-President. His tenure as Business Manager of Local 58 from 2002 to 2013 reflects his ability to lead and manage effectively. Furthermore, he held the prestigious role of Eastern Canada Vice-President. In 2013, He was elected as the Director of the Quebec Building Trades, serving from 2013 to 2017. This trajectory culminated in Paul being elected as International Vice-President of Eastern Canada at the 31st Quinquennial Convention in Boston, and subsequently re-elected at the 32nd Quinquennial Convention in Detroit in 2022.
Appointed Delegate Positions
In recognition of his expertise and leadership, Paul was appointed by General President Emeritus James McCourt to serve as a delegate in various essential positions. He represented the insulators union on the Canadian Labor of Congress’s Executive Board from 2017 to 2019, highlighting their commitment to the broader labor movement. Additionally, he was appointed to the Canadian Building Trades Union’s Executive Board in 2019 and the Canadian General Presidents Maintenance Committee (GPMC) in the same year, further solidifying his influence within the industry.
Role of the General President Maintenance Committee and National Maintenance Committee
The General President Maintenance Committee and National Maintenance Committee (GPMC/NMC) play a crucial role in providing valuable support and resources to all members of the Insulator Union. These committees serve as a unified voice for their interests and concerns within the industry, advocating for fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to training and development opportunities. They also help ensure that the rights of unionized workers are protected, giving them a stronger collective bargaining position. In short, these committees are instrumental in securing the well-being, job security, and professional growth of their members.
Importance of Unionized Labor
Paul believes that unionized labor is of paramount importance for several reasons. First and foremost, it ensures that workers receive fair compensation for their skills and labor, including competitive wages, benefits, and retirement packages. Unionized labor also helps maintain high safety standards on construction sites, reducing accidents and injuries. Additionally, unions provide access to training and apprenticeship programs, fostering the continuous development of workers’ skills, which ultimately benefits both employees and employers by increasing efficiency and productivity. Furthermore, unions advocate for worker rights and negotiate favorable working conditions, which is crucial for their job satisfaction and well-being.
Family and Personal Life
Outside of his professional life, Paul finds support and companionship with his loving family. He has been happily married to Diane for over 40 years and are proud parents to two children, Karine and Philippe. The Insulators Union tradition runs deep in the family, as their son Philippe is a Journeyman Insulator with Local 58 in Montreal, Quebec. Furthermore, Paul and Diane have the joy of being grandparents to two wonderful grandchildren, Kelyanne and Guillaume.
Paul Faulkner’s career and contributions have left an indelible mark on the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers industry, and his dedication to the Insulators union and its members is a testament to his unwavering commitment.