A history of our Union
We de-certified as members of the Operating Engineer's Union Employed by Edmonton Power.
We certified with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAWIU) Local 982. The OCAWIU came into Canada in the early fifties. Neil Reimer organized the first OCAWIU Locals in Canada. He became the Director of the Canadian District.
OCAWIU District 9 (Canadian Division) separates from the International Union and becomes Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW).1980
OCAW District 9 merges with the Chemical Workers Union of Canada to form the Energy and Chemical Workers Union of Canada (ECWU). Neil Reimer was the prime mover in forming the Canadian Union ECWU.
Neil Reimer retired as President of ECWU. Reg Basken succeeded him as President.1992
ECWU merged with the Communication Workers union and the Paper workers Union to form The Communications Energy and Paper workers Union (CEP). Reg Basken was the Executive Vice President/Secretary Treasurer of CEP from inception until he retired in 1999. Our local becomes 829, employed by Edmonton Power.
Edmonton Power was incorporated as a standalone company called EPCOR Utilities Inc. Our union certification changed to EPCOR at this time.2009
EPCOR splits into two companies, EPCOR and Capital Power Corp. Our local’s certification is moved to Capital Power at this time.Historical Major Events
Demonstrated at a City Council Meeting in order to stimulate contract negotiations.1975
Cloverbar Operators move from 8 to 12 hour shifts. Three years later Rossdale Operators also convert to 12's.
Started fight against wage and price control.1976
Strike seven weeks long. Issues were Shift Supervisors and wage controls.1978
Successfully lobbied City Council members to stop introduction of Shift Supervisors.1980
Edmonton Power did not give up on Shift Supervisors as they were finally introduced at Cloverbar.1984
Edmonton Power laid off eight of our members.
Won major grievance and court battle on Statutory Holiday layoffs, primarily due to Earl Coe's persistence.1986
Major grievance on staffing of Genesee. Edmonton Power did not want to staff Genesee with any existing Employees. They wanted to hire from outside the company. Resulted in an Arbitration won by local 829 whereby 50% of new employees came from the membership at Rossdale and Cloverbar Generation Stations.1993
Negotiated full Union seniority for layoffs and promotions.
Edmonton Power downsizing and restructuring. Five of our members took early retirement and no permanent members were laid off.
Shift Supervisors were taken off shift at Cloverbar and Genesee in December.2005
EPCOR announces Cloverbar Generating station no longer a viable business case and plant is shutdown. Members move to Genesee for employment.2005
EPCOR's Genesee plant expands, building a 500 MW Super Critical Unit.2008
Rossdale Generating Station no longer required and EPCOR shuts plant down.2013
Unifor was officially formed on August 31, 2013, at a Founding Convention in Toronto, Ontario. It marked the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) – two of Canada’s largest and most influential labour unions.Union Presidents
1969-1971 - Willie Viehmann 1971-1972 - Ben Petrie 1972-1973 - John Mulka 1973-1975 - Merv Schmidt 1975-1988 - Earl Coe 1988-1990 - Roger Skayman 1990-2000 - Merv Schmidt 2000-2002 - Dale Opheim 2002-2004 - Herman Gartner 2004-2007 - Bob Brown 2007-2011 - Avery Burnham 2011-2016 - Perry Ambrose 2016-20?? - Chris Cutshaw National Reps
Reg Basken, Gary Shurey, Rolf Nielsen, Ian Thorne, Don Boucher, Keith Barrington, Phil Belanger