Important news about our union and it’s events, community participation and day to day operations.


Just so you know

July 8, 2020

Brothers and Sisters, If you’ve tried calling or emailing me since last Friday you’ve probably got my voicemail or out of office email message. Although I took a couple of days vacation in Canmore (Mon/Tues) I have managed to get back to a few of you. If you’re one of the people I couldn’t get…

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IBEW 1007 Civic Unit July 2, 2020 Brothers and Sisters, As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes onto the City of Edmonton, and by extension, all of us. Many of you have been working from home, have been asked to take on new duties, or in the worst cases, have been temporarily…

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Ryan Carruthers Signal Tech 1 (Technologies) EPCOR Unit Chair Rob Miccolis Signal Tech 1 (Technologies) Richard Vercholuk Utility Worker III (Technologies) Bill Pylypa Foreman, Civil Const Inspectors (EPCOR D&T) Daryl Royer E&I and Control Tech (EPCOR Water) IBEW 1007 President Joel Kwasny Foreman QMP & Contracts (EPCOR D&T) EPCOR Unit Member at Large Mike Boyd…

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SYWENKY, Andrew Paul On June 16, 2020 Andrew Paul Sywenky, at the age of 67 years, passed away in hospital. Andy was the first born to Nick and Annie Sywenky on August 27, 1952 in Vermilion, Alberta. He is survived by his wife Pat, and their three children: Marc (Alli), Erin (Ryan) and Matthew (Danielle),…

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Technologies Update – June 24, 2020 My blog may deal with matters concerning all six Units, or just one. The title will give you an idea of the content. The letter I posted here on this website last Friday (June 19th) dealt with some disturbing news from EPCOR regarding the future of the Technologies business…

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Letters of Understanding are signed at the sole discretion of the Business Manager of the Local. It’s done on a fairly regular basis and the only time they are officially voted on is when they come up for renewal during contract negotiations. In 2019 I signed LOU #14 concerning Reporting Pay at EPCOR Technologies. It…

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Changes Possible at EITC

April 3, 2020

There is talk of reduced hours of work, with benefits in place, for IBEW 1007 staff at the Training Centre. We are exploring every option available to us and we’ll keep you in the loop. Our members have told us there’s lots of work they can be doing, projects and tasks that were put aside…

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Layoffs at IBEW 424

April 3, 2020

Unfortunately we have seen more layoffs at IBEW 424. We had 2 members of the administrative staff laid off on Monday, March 30th, 2020. The administration and IT folks there are IBEW 1007 Members. IBEW 424 has approximately 5,000 members on the books (that is, out of work), due mostly to the lack of construction…

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424 – EBFA – EITC

March 30, 2020

Sisters and Brothers, 424 We are facing unprecedented challenges at IBEW 424. Every staff member I’ve spoken to has mentioned the workplace is toxic. Roberta, Mike and I are working to try to repair things, or at least establish a working relation, but it’s difficult. it’s especially difficult when the present administration is terminating and…

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I was in meetings with the other Civic Unions and the City of Edmonton from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Friday. We had an face-to-face emergency meeting at the IBEW Union Hall on Friday night, and virtual meetings all weekend. We signed a Temporary Layoff and Recalls Letter of Understanding at 4:50 pm on…

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49 Members voted NO 42 Members voted YES Therefore I will not sign the Letter of Understanding. Many people have asked what will happen now but I don’t believe anyone knows the answer to that question. It obviously takes away the option of Technologies using the letter to deal with the COVID crisis. EPCOR has…

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I emailed Capital Power last week and proposed a Letter of Understanding to help both the Union and the Company navigate through this extremely trying time. To date it has not been accepted. Neither has revised or amended letter been proposed by the Company. Here’s a copy of the letter I proposed: Letter of Understanding…

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