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Greg Padulo

Generation 7 - CUSW Member



Paul Deck

Electrician - GDR Unit


Brian Pineo

Electrician - Northern Unit


Scott Fraser

Electrician - Central Unit


Chris Foster

Electrician - GDR Unit


Geoff Denstedt - NEB Liaison

NTEC Newsroom

Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)

Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)

The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw amounts from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. You cannot participate in the LLP to finance your children's training or education, or the training or education of your spouse's or common-law partner's children.

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Want to know more about this Training and Education position?

Check out the presentation from the 2018 Convention for more details on what this position is all about.

You can also visit the CUSW YouTube page to watch ALL of the Convention presentations. 


Call for Participation: NEB Appointed Representative - Education and Training

Call for Participation: NEB Appointed Representative - Education and Training

At this time last year, the NEB took the steps to move some of the duties and responsibilities of the President, on to two appointed representatives: Recruitment and Referral, and Education and Training. This year, we continue that process by appointing a new Education & Training Representative.

New Representative: Education and Training

CUSW was founded on the concept of the “knowledge worker”. We know that for CUSW to be successful going forward we must continue to embrace this principle together with the advancement of skills development as we bring to life the 21st Century Worker in a 21st Century Community. To realize the goal of having Training Participation Agreements with each employer and a Take the LEAD plan for each member, the National Training and Education Committee needs support. The NEB is proposing that the duties associated with the implementation of these programs be reassigned from the President to a person dedicated to supporting the Committee and building these structures across Canada. This person will become a Representative of CUSW and carry out her/his duties in accordance with the direction of the NEB.


The successful candidate will need to be able to work independently, willing to travel across the country, be available to meet with others in the evening and on weekends and proficient with Microsoft Office.

If you are interested in this position, please express your interest to the National Executive Board before Friday June 29th, 2018 for consideration. Please include a short description of why you are interested in the position.




Questions about these positions should be directed to Geoff Denstedt at 705-928-7842 or

Thank you,
CUSW National Executive Board

**DEADLINE EXTENDED** Nominations For National Committees

Did you know that there are 14 different CUSW National Committees? Each one focuses on a different area of interest, so there are many ways for Members to participate. For a complete listing of the National Committees, click here

Committee Members are appointed by the National Board between July 1st and September 30th of the election year, which this year is! These committees are an important channel for Members to have a voice in all of the activities and decisions affecting them - it is a part of what makes CUSW a 21st Century Union.

Should you know someone who you think would be a great fit for one of these committees, download the Nomination Form and nominate them! Once the form is completed, return to the National Office by e-mail, fax, or mail by SEPTEMBER 1ST. Once received, the nominations will be reviewed by the National Executive Board and appointments will be made at the September Board Meeting. 


Want to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Committee Members? Complete the short on-line course at Alliance Learning and learn from Lee Mayhew and Nadine Noble about their experience with the National Committees.

What does it mean to be a 21st Century Union?

How did CUSW start? What was the motivation behind it all? 

CUSW is a modern union, designed for modern times. One that incorporated the Knowledge Worker- someone who can see and understand the changes taking place in the world around us. 

The 21st Century is about embracing innovationand encouraging Member participation. CUSW was built around the participation model, which is a very different approach from most traditional unions.

The 21st Century Booklet was created to give Members a clear vision for what the future looks like, while also giving a bit of history of CUSW. 

By understanding how CUSW came to be can help with this transition and in turn create a better future for Members.

Hey, guess what?

CUSW now has a YouTube Channel!

That is correct, the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers is moving with the times and has officially launched a YouTube Channel! This is a place to view videos that have been made by and for our Members over the years and where videos will continue to be posted moving forward. You can get information on the Wagner Act, Wealth Management and so much more! 

If you have a YouTube account, please subscribe to our channel, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers

Ready for Leadership? Take the Quiz!

If you are looking to take more of a leadership role within your current position, you need to be ready. That means having certain fundamental skills.
Do you have those skills? Take this short quiz and find out...

1. When leading a project, do you know how to earn the trust and respect of team members? If Yes, you’re in good shape! If No or Maybeclick here to find out how to rapidly build this skill.

2. Do you know how to motivate team members? If Yes, great. If No or Maybe, you can quickly gain this skill by doing this

3. Do you know how to create a positive and productive work environment? If Yes, kudos to you! If No or Maybe, you can build this skill, fast. Here’s how.

How did you do? Do you need to upgrade your leadership skills so you can boost your career? We’ve got a fantastic opportunity for you. Learn more here.

Final days! Free online courses this month

Last Chance To Get These Career-Building Online Courses— FREE

In case you’ve missed all the excitement, this is “Communications Month”! To celebrate, we’re offering you career-building online courses in communications, FREE.

But you’ve got to enroll today. The deadline is coming fast.

Why take a communications course?

Experts agree the more skilled and confident you are as a communicator, the more successful you’ll be in your career. That’s not surprising. Imagine how much more effective you’ll be when you can:

•    Work more productivity with others,
•    Get team projects done, faster,
•    Masterfully handle difficult conversations,
•    Listen so people know you’re listening, and
•    Much more.

These online courses will show you how. Here are the course links and discount codes.

•    Effective Listening Skills. Discount code EFFE1
•    Skillful Collaboration. Discount code SKILL3
•    Navigating Difficult Conversations. NAVIG2

Just plug in the codes when you enroll and the price drops to zero!
By the way, if you’re in leadership — or want to get into a supervisory position — these online courses are a must. (They count towards your Communications Certificate.)


So don’t wait. Grab these online courses today before your discount codes expire. Remember, you can enroll now and then take the courses anytime.

It's okay, be 'disruptive'!

Are you looking to make a difference but don't know where to start? 


As we approach 'round two' of the Election and Appointment Process, we want all of the Members to be fully aware of what is involved in the selection of the National Board.    

So what exactly is it that a Board Member does?

The National Board is set up to not only manage today, but to also focus on the future - to be able to look at the big picture. National Board Members take on the task of building the organization that responds to the needs of the Members and other stakeholders, an organization that promotes collective interests of all partner. This may mean 'disrupting' the status quo. 

That all sounds great, but I don't think I am ready to be the President or even the Vice President. That sounds like a lot of pressure!

And that is okay, you don't have to be! The National Board consists of more than just the President and Vice President(s). There are also 3 National Executive Board Members, a Treasurer, and also a Recorder. Each of which has an equal say before proceeding with any implementation of an idea or direction. 

Think about what kind of future you want to be a part of and how YOUR Union fits into that. Thinking outside of the box is encouraged, so don't be shy, speak up

Visit Alliance Learning to complete the next course in the CUSW Election certificate program.  

Build your “communications” muscle

FREE This Month: Master the #1 Soft Skill Needed to Boost Your Career

Here’s a fact that may surprise you...
Next to “hard skills” like welding or heavy equipment operation, what is the skill most likely to catapult your career success?
The answer: Communications.
Experts agree that if you’re a skilled and confident communicator, you’re likely to get better employment opportunities, enjoy rave reviews at work (from co-workers and superiors alike), and progress faster into leadership roles.
So with that in mind, we have great news!

March is “Communication Skills” Month!

To celebrate, we’re offering three communication courses at no cost. All you have to do is use the Discount Codes (below) when you register.
Here’s a quick rundown on the courses available.

  • Effective Listening Skills. Co-workers and supervisors are impressed when they feel you’re really listening to them. (And unimpressed when you’re not!) That’s why it’s vital to be seen as a good listener in the workplace. This course teaches you how. DISCOUNT CODE: EFFE01
  • Skillful Collaboration. This course gives you practical tips for working with others, getting more done, and achieving better results, whether you’re collaborating with one person or twenty. DISCOUNT CODE: SKILL03
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations. Tough conversations are tough! This course shows you how to minimize drama, deal with stress and emotions, and get the best outcome possible. A must if you work on teams or in leadership. DISCOUNT CODE: NAVIG02

If you’re going after your Communications Certificate — a smart move! — these courses count towards the requirements.

Take One, Two or All Three Courses – FREE

These are online courses, so you can take them anytime. On your phone. Or your computer.
And they’re so convenient. You can do a few minutes of a course at lunch, and some more on the weekend. The system remembers were you left off.
Building your “communications muscle” may be one of the best things you do for your career. These courses make it easy. You don’t even have to go to the gym! Just register for a course today.
When you put in the Discount Codes the price goes to zero.

Accelerate your career for only $10

Looking for an easy (and affordable!) way for YOU to gain new workplace skills?

There’s no doubt about it. The sooner you learn new and valuable workplace skills, the faster your career grows.
The problem is, traditional courses are expensive. Plus, you have to give up a few evenings or weekends. And seriously rearrange your life to get there! 
Well, we’ve got good news for you! The team at Alliance Learning has released dozens of NEW online courses, which make it convenient and affordable for you to gain new career-boosting skills.

And the best part is, you get a whopping 75% rebate from the CUSW Training Trust Fund. Click here for more details

46 Online Courses to Choose From

Want to further your leadership skills? Need tips on working with difficult people? Have an eye on a new supervisor position? Whatever your goal, one of these online courses is bound to help you achieve it.
And they’re so easy to take. Just log in anytime — on any device.
You decide the pace, and where and when you work on a course. For example, looking for something to do on your lunch hour? You can use your phone and do a lesson. 

It couldn’t be easier! 

Incredible Savings for CUSW Members

If you want to boost your career, a night course at a college can cost hundreds of dollars. A comparable online course is cheaper, but not by much. Maybe $50-$100.

But these new Alliance Learning courses are just $39 each.
And it gets better. As a CUSW member, you get a $29 rebate, which cuts the price down to just $10.
Ten bucks! That’s about the cost of a movie or a pizza.

As you can see, these online courses were created so that nothing stands in the way of learning the skills you need to succeed. They’re convenient. They’re affordable. They’re professional-grade. 

Now it’s up to you. Check out these online courses today. Pick the one that will help you most. Sign up. Then watch your career grow!

So who is behind all of this content developed by Alliance Learning?

With SO many online courses being developed by Alliance Learning, we thought we would introduce you to some of the faces behind this wonderful world of CUSW knowledge!

Meet Mike Alce and Dave Allore they are the CUSW Members who developed all of the content in the Health and Safety Representative course.

That is right! You read it correctly - CUSW Members are the ones behind the scene, creating all of this content for other Members, so you can have access to these resources at your finger tips! 

And let's not forget about Steve Gilroy! He developed all of the content for the Negotiating Skills Certificate courses. 

Thank you Mike, Dave, and Steve for all of your hard work in developing these great resources for CUSW Members!

For more information on the Health and Safety Representative course and the Negotiating Skills Certificate courses, visit Alliance Learning. Use your CUSW log in to access. 

The New Year is here and that means its Election and Appointment time!

We hope that everyone had a great holiday but it is now back to business. The 2017 CUSW Elections are now open - first up are the nominations for your Workplace Health and Safety Rep and Workplace Steward . 

good place to start is with Alliance Learning online courses that are now available! The first series of courses will give you a solid understanding of how the Election and Appointment process works and will explain what it means to be a Workplace Health and Safety Rep or a  Workplace Steward. 

After you have completed these online courses, you will then be able to cast your votes wisely when the time comes. You might even think, "Hey, I want to be more involved. I think I might want to take one of these on!" But there is no pressure, don't worry. 

Remember, as a CUSW Member YOU are the one who has a voice and contributes in all aspects of the operation of our union and your workplace.

The time has come, so make sure you speak LOUD enough for everyone to hear!

Visit Alliance Learning to complete the first series of Election courses NOW! 

REMINDER: On-line Negations courses

With the elections and appointment year around the corner we just wanted to remind you of Alliance Learning on-line Negotiations courses. This is a GREAT place to start if you are thinking if joining your workplace Negotiating Committee. 

Negotiating 101

During this 45-minute on-line course, you will learn about what is involved in the negotiating process as well as the history of how Collective Agreements and the right of Canadians to bargain collectively with their employers came to be.


Negotiating a Collective Agreement

If you have already made the decision that the Negating Committee is for you, this 60-minute on-line course will help you get started. The topics covered include: 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. 

Learn all about the role of the Workplace HS Rep in this NEW one-hour on-line course!

As we head towards an election and appointment 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. As a result, you may even decide that this role is right for you and put your name forward in January as part of the election process. Alternatively, you will be in a better position to vote for the candidate whom you think will best carry out these important duties.


What Are Micro-credentials?

You have just been promoted to a leadership role and you are looking to build on your leadership skills but you work full time so you dont have the time to go to school? What can you do? Take an on-line course perhaps. 

Micro-credentials offer you a way to develop a specific skills in a certain area, which in turn helps build up your resume. 

Check out this very cool infographic to give you a better understanding of what micro-crendentials are all about!

What Are Micro-credentials?
Source: - Arabella Bronson 

Sustainable urban transformation and climate change... what's that about?

How can we effectively direct urban development towards ambitious sustainability and climate goals?

Through this amazing and FREE Coursera online course, Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities, you can learn about the key trends of urbanization, decarbonization and sustainability.

Explore sustainable urban areas, see what they are doing and learn about their practices.  

To learn more about sustainable urban transformation and the structural transformation process, register for this online Coursera course, Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

The way of the future is going GREEN, learn how you can be a part of that! 


Coursera - Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

Are you aware of the issues of energy in the 21st century? 

How can we replace the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels?
Or what about trying to reduce the release of carbon dioxide into the environment? Is it important to create a sustainable energy future for those of the developing world?

Examine the emerging field of sustainable energy in Coursera online course, Our Energy Future.

Sustainable energy is our future, shouldn't we understand what it's all about? 

Register NOW for this online Our Energy Future Coursera course to learn more about issues of energy in the 21st century. 


Coursera - Our Energy Future online course 

Did you know that wind can create energy?

That's right, a wind turbine can generate power from wind!

Coursera is offering a great online course to help give you more of an understanding of wind energy engineering and what it's all about.

Throughout this online course, you will tour through Denmark and see what sort of wind energy research they are working on. Learn about wind measurements and resource assessment, aerodynamics, wind turbine technology, structural mechanics, materials, financial and electrical systems. 

Register NOW for this online Wind Energy Coursera course to learn more about wind energy engineering. Course starts on May 23, 2016.

You never know, there might be an opportunity to work on a wind farm one day!

Coursera - Wind Enery online course 

Invitation to a Google Hangout...


You are cordially invited to join us for...

The Canadian Energy Literacy Network's Google Hangout

With Ed Ma and Jessica Dillabough

Your computer

Thursday, January 28
 1 p.m. (EST) 

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This December in Paris, Canada made numerous commitments to address its CO2 outputs at the annual Conference of Parties (COP21). Some see a low carbon economy as only possible without fossil fuels, but Canada’s oil and gas producers have a significant role to play in our current energy mix, and in the transition. Canada relies heavily on the economic revenue from the oil industry, and all predictions for global energy use show a continued use of these resources far into the future. How can Canada continue to reap the benefits these fuels provide, while also reducing its environmental impact?


What positive contributions are the oil and gas companies making towards this low carbon future? What innovations are allowing them to reduce water and land use, while also reducing the carbon footprint associated with their industry? What roles do research and emerging technologies play?


Vous êtes invité à participer à...

Un rencontre par vidéo-bulle (Google Hangout) du Réseau canadien pour la compréhension de l'énergie

Avec Ed Ma et Jessica Dillabough


Endroit :
Votre ordinateur

Date et heure :
Le jeudi 28 janvier
 13 h 

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Ce décembre dernier à Paris, le Canada s’est engagé à adresser ses émissions de CO2 à la Conférence des Parties (COP21). Plusieurs personnes voient une économie à faible production de carbone étant seulement possible sans les combustibles fossiles mais en réalité les producteurs de gaz et pétrole ont un grand rôle à jouer. Le Canada dépend énormément des revenus économiques de l’industrie pétrolière et toutes les prédictions sur l’énergie globale montrent un usage continu de ces ressources dans le futur. Comment est-ce que le Canada peut continuer à bénéficier des avantages de ces combustibles et en même temps réduire son impact environnemental?

Quels sont les contributions positives des compagnies pétrolières envers cette économie future à faible production de carbone? Quelles innovations leurs permettent de réduire l’usage de l’eau et du paysage et en même temps réduit l’empreinte carbone associé à leur industrie? Quel est le rôle de la recherche et des technologies émergentes?


Joignez Ed Ma, conseiller stratégique supérieur sur l’énergie et la politique du changement climatique avec Suncor ainsi que Jessica Dillabough, conseillère en relations gouvernementales avec Imperial pour examiner le rôle de l’industrie du gaz et du pétrole enfin d’assurer un futur énergétique prospère et durable pour le Canada et le monde. 


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