Unions make million-dollar commitment to Northern Lights Health Foundation in Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - A group of 13 unions whose members perform maintenance work on large industrial facilities in the oil sands and elsewhere in Canada has made a commitment of $1 million over three years to the Northern Lights Health Foundation, which will benefit the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray.

The second installment of three is being made tomorrow, when the unions present a cheque for $300,000 at a ceremony being held at the Sawbridge Inn, Fort McMurray on Wednesday, June 24 at 11:30 AM.

The unions are members of the General Presidents' Maintenance Committee (GPMC), an alliance that co-ordinates the efforts of union members who maintain the huge industrial complexes which they maintain.

"Our ongoing commitment to the Northern Lights Health Foundation shows the determination of our members to give something back to a great community that has sheltered and sustained us in our work," commented GPMC Vice Chair Jack White.

"We've received top-notch care and service from the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and we're pleased to help support its continuing work."

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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