New Member Orientation
Congratulations on joining the Operating Engineers of Manitoba Local 987! You are now part of the 400,000 member-strong International Union of Operating Engineers formed in 1896. Every Canadian province has an Operating Engineers Local totaling over 40,000 members nation-wide. In Manitoba, OE987 and has over 1400 members who are employed in health care, heavy equipment, and skilled trades. Currently, we have 77 collective agreements between 87 signatory employers that we have negotiated in the best interests of each of our members.
With staff specializing in everything from health care to heavy equipment and skilled trades, we're ready to handle all types of job-related concerns you might come across. You are backed by a team of Business Representatives who are dedicated to looking after your concerns with a strong track record of negotiating some of the best collective agreements in the province!
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A Welcome Message from Marc Lafond, OE987 Business Manager
Important Information for New Members
There is a lot of information and resources available to you as a new member. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with some key points below:
- OE987 Executive Board and Staff
- Your Responsibilities as a Member
- Membership Meetings
- Member Benefit Plans and Coughlin Benefits
- Member Discounts
- Know Your Rights
- Bursaries and Education Funds
- Out of Work List and Dispatch Rules
- Procedure for When You are Laid Off or Out of Work
- Helpful Links
- Frequently Asked Questions
Your union is a democratic organization. That means all OE987 union members can vote on the people who represent them on the Executive Board. You can also vote on changes to our by-laws. As a union member, you can run for elected positions to increase your voice in the union and help us say strong for all our members! Join a membership meeting, contact your Business Representative, or call the union hall to get involved!
Your Union Dues at Work
When you are working, a percentage of your pay cheque goes towards union dues. When you are not working, you have the option to pay minimum monthly dues to keep your membership in good standing. The dues you pay provide you with access to resources, expertise, legal protections, a strong Collective Bargaining Agreement, a voice and a vote, and more! Your dues buy collective strength to improve and protect not only your interests, but the interests of every OE987 member!
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If you have any questions or need help with a problem at work, we are here to help you! ALL CALLS ARE CONFIDENTIAL. You are always welcome to contact your Business Representative directly, or call, email, or drop by the union hall.