The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793
Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers is a long-established trade union that received its original Charter in 1919. Today, under the leadership of Business Manager Mike Gallagher, President Joe Redshaw and its executive board, Local 793 proudly represent over 17,600 crane and heavy equipment operators and other skilled workers employed in all sectors of the construction industry, and in the industrial and mining sectors across the province of Ontario and the territory of Nunavut.
Local 793 continues to improve the lives of its members and their families through growing a strong union that provides quality and progressive collective agreements, world-class skills training and top-notch life & health benefits and pension plans that its members can count on today and depend on in the future.
Through strong leadership, Local 793 has stepped up to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep its members safe and supported, the local is continuing to do its best to lead the way on jobsite safety checks to help ensure members are safe and healthy at the end of each workday. The Local also provided members a $250 grocery gift card to help with COVID-19 related expenses, distributed over 85,000 KN95 masks, created an Emergency Relief Grant which provided a payment of up to $1,000 per 4-week period, and launched a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan for future times of unemployment. Protecting members and their families is Local 793’s top priority.
The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) is IUOE Local 793’s training division. The OETIO is recognized by the Ontario government as a designated training delivery agent including for tower/mobile cranes and earth-moving equipment. Due to a vigorous COVID-19 safety protocol and a commitment from staff and students alike to adhere to it, OETIO successfully resumed training in August 2020. Students attending apprenticeship courses were required to have a negative COVID-19 test result just before beginning training, have their temperatures taken daily, and answer a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
Each year in September, workers and union activists join on Labour Day to celebrate the hard-fought struggles and gains of working people and to advocate for improvements to the lives of all Canadians. Although we may be apart as we continue to cope with COVID-19 restrictions, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate together! Local 793 encourages everyone to celebrate this important holiday with your loved ones and remain safe.