Announcements & Events
Grieving the Passing of Our Fellow Member, Ashton Tuck
On December 25th 2017 we lost one of the great Champions of our Union. Every member of CUSW either knew Ashton Tuck or knew of him. Ashton was a friend, a mentor and a supporter to all of us as he worked tirelessly to build the Union that we know today.
As a founding member of CUSW, Ashton served as Treasurer on the National Executive Board from 1999 until he stepped down in 2015 to make room for the next generation to come forward and fill his position. As a member of the NEB, Ashton helped to build the 1st Constitution of the union and participated in the reworking of these guiding principles as we updated and modernized our vision.
As a founding member of CUSW, Ashton also stepped up to take on the role of Trustee of the newly minted Power Sector Benefit Trust. He soon stepped into the duties of the Chair of the Trustees, a role that he continued up until his death. To the empty shell that we began with in 1999, Ashton contributed his talent and good money management skills to building a benefit plan that our members can be proud of and their families can rely on. What a legacy. We now have support programs through our Member Assistance Program, long-term disability and mental health education that provide security for our members and that we are all proud to call our own.
If that was not enough to do, Ashton also agreed to take on the role of the Chair of the Power Sector Retirement Trust. Through his good work and devote attention to the needs of the members that would one day move to retirement, Ashton participated in building our Plan from a very small and simple start to one now touting a balance of over two hundred million dollars on hand for members to draw down as they move to the next stage in their lives.
Ashton was a huge supporter of apprenticeship, lifelong learning and the concept of the Knowledge Worker. With the assistance of his voice as the Chair of the Education and Training Trust we have been able to move forward to establish Alliance Learning and the Leadership Academy. As a Union we are now on the leading edge of a workforce and a membership that can proudly call ourselves 21st Century Members of a 21st Century Union.
There is much to be said about the accomplishments that Ashton has made to building our union but all of this pales in the shadow of the personal contribution that he made every day making the lives of those around him so much better. Ashton had a way of bringing people together. He could see the best in everyone and he helped them to see it in themselves. When we needed to pull together he was there to work as part of a team and when someone needed a hand up or a soft smile he had the knack of improving the moment.
We will truly miss Ashton for his work ethic, his vision and his ability to get things done but most of all we will miss Ashton the person. His mild manner, his patience, his insight towards the future and his ability to see the best in all around him.
When great people come along we need to keep their name and their legacy alive. Ashton is reflected in all that we have built. He was very proud of what we have built and the people who built it. He was very proud to be a member of CUSW. I am proud to have called him my friend. I will hold him in my heart forever.
- Joe Mulhall
Grieving the Tragic Loss of Our Fellow Members and Colleagues
We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our fellow CUSW members, Jeff Howes, Darcy Jansen and Kyle Shorrock, and PWU colleague James Baragar. Our deepest sympathies go out to their families and their loved ones.
We can easily forget about the risks we take every day. Let's all take the time to reflect on the paramount importance of working safely.
During this grieving process we will do everything we can to help employees and their families who have been affected in any way. For anyone seeking assistance dealing with tragedy, feel free to call Homewood Health Services' 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-663-1142 or visit the PSBT website for more information.
We would also like members to know that a GoFundMe page has been set up so that friends and colleagues can provide financial assistance to the families during this extraordinarily trying time. Visit the GoFundMe page here.
CUSW Office Move
As of Saturday, December 2nd, our new office address for CUSW, PSBT and PSRT is:
10 Carlson Court
CUSW Member Andrew Gresel Has Solid 2017 Race Season
We're proud to sponsor CUSW member, Andrew Gresel, as he rolled through the 2017 season in fine form. With 5 Top-5's in the Pro Late Model races, and a win and 2 Top-5's in the Super Late Model races, Andrew was flying!
CUSW Has a New President!
The National Board elections took place on Friday, June 30th. After 18 years as President, and one of the founding Members of CUSW, Joe Mulhall decided to retire. His leadership and dedication to making CUSW a 21st Century union is why we are all here today. Thank you Joe, for your vision, guidance and commitment!
CUSW is excited to announce that Geoff Denstedt has been elected as the new President!
For a complete listing of the National Board election results, download the offical results download the official results.
2017 CUSW Hockey Tournament
Fairway and Bruce Unit co-winners of 2017 Hockey Tournament
After a hard fought "A" final, Fairway Electric and Bruce Unit remained tied after regualtion and instead of a shootout, the teams decided to leave it as a tie. In the "B" final, Greater Durham Unit defeated the Northern Unit squad.
By all accounts, this year's Tourney was one of the best yet. Stay tuned for info on next year's tourney on the Hockey Tournament information page
2017 CUSW Family Fishing Derby
All CUSW Members, Family and Friends are welcome to the 2017 CUSW Family Fishing Derby! Last year was the best Derby yet.
June 23-25th, 2017
at the Anchor Bay Camp in Lakehurst, Ontario.
There will be a pig roast along with a barbecued chicken dinner. Retirees and their families are most welcome and encouraged to come fishing or at least visit for the day and enjoy the dinner put on by the CUSW members.
Register by June 1st.
To Register contact Kris Croteau at 613-577-2849 or Pat Smith at 905-440-5423.
Skills Ontario Competition
Taking place May 1st-3rd, 2017, the Skills Ontario Competition is Canada's largest skilled trade and technology competition.
The Skills Ontario Competition offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their field. Over the two and a half days, they turn the heads of their educators, family, friends and prospective employers. Winners are awarded with Gold, Silver or Bronze medals - and some with monetary awards, too - and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. From there, competitors could be headed to a WorldSkills Competition.
In addition to contests, the Skills Ontario Competition has a number of components, including:
- Career Exploration Showcase
- Young Women's Conference
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference
- Closing Ceremony
Visit the Skills Ontario event page for more info
AllianceLearning.ca New Courses Released
A total of 46 new online career boosting courses have been released at AllianceLearning.ca. As a CUSW member, you are entitled to a 75% reimbursement from the Training Trust Fund, taking the cost of each course to a low $10. Learn more about the Training Trust here.
Visit AllianceLearning.ca for a list of courses.
3 New E-Learning Courses Launched to CUSW Members
We’re excited to announce the launch of 3 new courses, open to CUSW members. Members can access the courses using their CUSW sign in.
Workplace HS Rep
Learn all about the role of the Workplace HS Rep in this NEW one-hour on-line course! As we head towards an election year in CUSW, this course is very timely since one of the first elections of the year will be for your Workplace Health and Safety Representative. In this one-hour course, you will learn all about the role of the Workplace HS Rep as well as the skills needed and the duties required.
Sign into AllianceLearning using your regular CUSW user ID and password and look for this new course under the “HS Rep Specific” tab.
This 45-minute course is perfect for Members who want to learn more about what is involved in the negotiation process. You will learn about the history of how Collective Agreements and the right of Canadians to bargain collectively with their employers came to be. This is the perfect place to start if you have an interest in participating on your workplace's Negotiating Committee.
Negotiating a Collective Agreement
If you are interested in stepping forward to participate on your workplace's Negotiating Committee, this course is for you! During this 60-minute on-line course you will learn about: negotiating strategies; the components of a Collective Agreement; determining the purpose and scope of an agreement; and an introduction to the terminology used in Collective Agreements.
Please Note: this on-line course is a pre-requisite to the face-to-face training that is provided by the National Negotiating Committee.
How to access
To watch a 6 minute video that will take you through the steps to access Take the LEAD on-line and other learning programs available through the AllianceLearning.ca platform, click here.