Unions donate $400,000 to Northern Lights Health Foundation in Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - A group of 13 unions whose members perform maintenance work on large industrial facilities in the oil sands and elsewhere in Canada has donated $400,000 to the Northern Lights Health Foundation, which will benefit the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray.

The donation was formally presented today at a meeting of the General Presidents' Maintenance Committee (GPMC).

"It's extremely important to us to invest not only in our members but also the wider community," said GPMC Vice Chair Jack White. "We hope our donation will help the community, our members, and the many workers from across Canada who have made Fort McMurray either a temporary or permanent home.

"Although we continually strive for zero workplace incidents, our members depend on this hospital for high quality health care," said White. "This donation shows our appreciation for everything this hospital has done for our members and other employees who work in the construction industry."

The General Presidents' Maintenance Committee is an alliance of international building trades unions that negotiates and administers labour agreements tailored for maintenance work at industrial plants in Canada. The organization negotiates and administers agreements with more than 120 employers, which employ more than 16,000 skilled trade people across Canada.

Members of the Committee include:

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons'
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Association of Iron Workers
Laborers' International Union of North America
International Union of Operating Engineers
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
Teamsters Canada

SOURCE: General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee

For further information: Jack White, (604)290-3014, jwhite@iupat.org

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