RECENT NEWS

CRAFTPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD (EASTERN AND WESTERN CANADA) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MILWAUKEE TOOL

What is the CRAFTPERSON OF THE YEAR award? It is an award reserved for members of Canada’s Building Trades Unions that seeks to showcase outstanding craftsmanship, professionalism, and safety leadership of a skilled tradesperson through their performance or contribution on a maintenance job.Often referred to as the “CPOTY” award, the Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) will select two...

Trends in the Unionized Maintenance Industry in Canada

The year 2023 marked a significant turning point for union membership in Canada, particularly within the private sector. An estimated 178,000 private sector workers joined trade unions, a number which is comparable to the entire population of Regina. The growth in private sector union membership outpaced that of the public sector, contributing to an overall increase in the share of Canadian...

Partnerships Matter. Connecting with Sheet Metal Workers

PARTNERSHIPS MATTER. Recently, GPMC I NMC Committee Member Steven Satter, representing the International Association of Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), met with Shawn Griffin, Business Manager for Sheet Metal Local 8, to discuss unionized maintenance.

Celebrating Canada Day – July 1, 2024

Happy Canada Day! May the red and white flag always fly high, symbolizing the pride and resilience of our nation. Canada Day, which is observed annually on July 1st, is significant for Canadians, as it commemorates the anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, marked by the enactment of the British North America Act in 1867, which unified the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and...

TEPF High School Electrical Trades Careers Graduates

Congratulations to all students who graduated from the High School Trades Careers program recently. GPMC I NMC Chairman Tony Pietrangelo and Executive Director Brett McKenzie had the opportunity to attend the recent The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) graduation ceremony for those participating in the electrical program at IBEW 424’s training centre in Edmonton. The GPMC/NMC would like...

Q2 Industry Update by Brett McKenzie

The great country singer Willie Nelson’s song “It’s Hard to be Humble,” is a fitting quote to describe the unionized maintenance industry as the second quarter of 2024 comes to a close.  Once again, the Building Trades members across the country rose to the challenge during the spring turnaround season executing the complex maintenance activities required to ensure the facilities which...

GPMC Profile: Stéphane Favron

Stéphane Favron began his apprenticeship in 1987 in Montreal, Quebec and worked as a pipe fabricator at a shop in Montreal before being officially initiated into Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 144, Montreal, in 1998. Favron served as a supervisor at Petro Canada for Ganotec, Petro Canada in Montreal, and several pipeline stations. Additionally, Favron was a Job Steward on the Montreal pipelines...

COMMUNITY GIVING: Fishing Friendzy Foundation

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES. The GPMC I NMC is proud to support the Fishing Friendzy Foundation that is dedicated to getting kids and families out into nature with specific programs. Their popular youth fishing league teaching youth about ethical angling while having fun. Their S.A.F.E. (Sponsor A Fishing Experience) program focuses on offering fishing experiences for kids or veterans that may...

Worksite Safety is Our #1 Priority

The evolution of health and safety on unionized worksites in Canada has been a dynamic and ongoing process that the General Presidents' Maintenance Committee for Canada and National Maintenance Council for Canada (GPMC | NMC) has been a part of since the 1950s. Over its 70+ years in operation, the GPMC | NMC has earned the trust of unions, employers, and maintenance customers by providing stable...

CS2A: Tripartite Zero Injury Turnaround Award

Turnaround and outage work presents a unique set of challenges for maintenance industry stakeholders. The TRIPARTITE ZERO (RECORDABLE) INJURY TURNAROUND Award by the Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) recognizes Clients, Signatory Employers and Local Unions who execute high volumes of craft hours in short turnaround windows without a recordable injury. The CS2A is hosted annually by the...

Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) – Mark Kenney

“The Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) Banquet is an opportunity to celebrate top tier safety performance across Canada for both large and small contractors. This program sets the bar for safety excellence and will assist worksites in achieving their goals.“ - Mark Kenney of Suncor

AMCC Industry Partners Event – June 4, 2024

This week, the GPMC I NMC attended the Association of Maintenance Contractors of Canada's (AMCC's) Industry Partners Event. The meeting provided an opportunity to identify challenges and trends within the maintenance industry. The GPMC Representatives in attendance included Sheldon Mckenna, Trent Valentine, Wade Logan and Derrick Schulte (pictured L-R).

GPMC I NMC Connects with Carpenters

The GPMC I NMC was pleased to recently connect with Carpenters last week. The GPMC I NMC has been providing leadership in unionized maintenance since 1952, negotiating and administering labour agreements designed to facilitate the maintenance of industrial plants across Canada. Pictured: Tim Virtanen Business Representative Carpenters Local 2103, Chris Nash, Area Manager Carpenters, Derrick...

Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A)

The Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) is a celebration of excellence and a testament to the unwavering commitment to safety in the unionized maintenance industry. The CS2A boasts over 72 MILLION craft hours submitted/reported without a recordable incident under the CS2A program since its inception. Did you know? The Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) acknowledge and reward...

GPMC Profile: Steven Weisman

Steven Weisman is a lawyer who has practiced exclusively in union-side legal representation since he began his career and joined the Carpenters Union in 2022 as legal counsel, now as the Canadian District’s Director of Research and Special Programs. Steven was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario with brief stints at the University of Western Ontario for an undergraduate degree in International...

GPMC Site Visit to Suncor Base Plant

The General Presidents' Maintenance Committee for Canada and National Maintenance Council for Canada (GPMC I NMC) Committee Member, Sheldon Mckenna, met with Trevor Hague of IUOE Local 955 and APTIM and CAM Industrial Solutions employees at Suncor base plant during a site visit recently.

Partnerships Matter. GPMC Connects With LIUNA.

PARTNERSHIPS MATTER. The Alberta State of the Industry is an opportunity to build and strengthen strategic partnerships within the national maintenance industry. The General Presidents' Maintenance Committee for Canada and National Maintenance Council for Canada (GPMC I NMC) has been the leader in unionized maintenance across Canada since 1952.Pictured L-R: Doug Dechambeau LIUNA Local 92...

2023 GPMC Member Survey: Overview & Next Steps

Thank you to our members who responded to our 2023 Member Survey. The high response rate demonstrates that our highly skilled tradespeople care deeply about the GPMC | NMC and are passionate about unionized maintenance. Our member survey has enabled us to gain a more accurate understanding of your views on the representation, communication, and activities of the GPMC | NMC. The survey results...

Proud Sponsor of UA National Apprentice Competition

Join the GPMC I NMC at the prestigious UA National Apprentice Competition hosted by UA Local 56 in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 9th to 14th, 2024. Witness the best of the best from Eastern, Western, and Central Canada as they showcase their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a thrilling competition. This event isn't just about winning regional titles; it's about crowning Canadian (District 6)...

April 28: Day of Mourning

Labour organizations across Canada will recognize the Day of Mourning on April 28th. This solemn day is to remember and honour those workers who have lost their lives or have been injured in the workplace. The Day of Mourning recognizes that workplace accidents can have devastating consequences for workers and their families. It is important that we take the time to remember these workers and to...

Bill Guy Speaks on Mental Health and Worker Safety

Robert Foster Speaks at BASES

History of the GPMC | NMC