June 12th 2012 Local 118s General meeting was held at the Operating Engineers Hall on Ledger Road in Burnaby. This is the place to be to find out the latest news on the Work Outlook,Financial Reports, and all other aspects of Union business. The meeting commenced at 7:00pm with President Ken Jakobsson in the Chair. After the opening introduction there was a minute of silence for the passing of Brothers Tor Storm and Brother John Selinger.
The membership had many of questions for Lee Loftus Business Manager and the local officers. Brother Loftus reported on plastic piping and the issues surrounding claims that pex piping and Aquatherm products have enough thermal properties so that mechanical insulation is not required. This is creating big problems in the commercial building process, as a slick sales approach is convincing engineers to install these types of products. Lee said “This approach to value engineering mechanical insulation is becoming more and more common in British Columbia”.
Brother Loftus also reported that Aerogel is a high-temperature insulation blanket formed of silica aerogel and reinforced with a non-woven, high-temperature batting.
Aerogel is being widely used in Alberta where installers are finding medical issues already related to skin and lung irritation. claims from installers that when Aerogel gets it on you tongue it goes dry and numb because Aerogel will not let in moisture.
Alberta installers of Aerogel are saying.Aerogel is incredibly difficult to remove from skin and hair. Installers are using Pepsi and hair conditioner to remove the fine dust particles. Brother Loftus stated there needs to be more investigation into this product.
Brother Lyndon Johnson gave a report on the “Getting To Green Campaign”, for the first six months of 2012. Brother Johnson stated Municipal Government are receiving our message on the need for mechanical insulation being installed at a higher level. Conferences and Expos that we have attended have gone extremely well and we are looking forward to the upcoming TIAC and GreenBuild conferences in the fall. Also we can look forward to seeing more articles about the campaign in various journals and magazines.
Vice President Neil Munro reported on Rio Tinto’s backup Tunnel 2, work outlook, and travel calls for local 119 in saskatchewan. Brother Munro informed those in attendance that there is a significant amount on work in Saskatchewan and the Local needed help to man up the projects.
President Ken Jakobsson confirmed what Brother Munro stated in his report on education, and the development progress on our “New Mechanical Insulation Inspectors Course”. Brother Jakobsson said “ the course outline is complete and we are just waiting on approval of some copy right issues”. We can look forward to this course being available at BCIT in 2013.
Ken reported on this years MAC competition and although it was very closely contested unfortunately our own bother Dave Moncur was pipped at the post by Saskatchewan’s Sonny Shuparski, so Congratulation to Local 119 apprentice Sonny Shuparski from Saskatchewan, this years winner in the Western Canadian Master Apprentice Competition. Sonny will now head off to New York City were he will represent western Canada at the “Best of the Best” International Master Apprentice Competition.
Ken was extremely pleased with the quality craftsmanship on display in Saskatchewan. Ken said ” It was a very close competition but there can only be one winner “. We wish Sonny all the best in New York City, and hope he can bring home the prize.Good Luck Sonny!
Also In attendance was Employer and long time Brother Randy Reimneitz owner of Remco Insulation Ltd in Prince George. Brother Reimneitz has employed many members over the years and provides a great working environment. Brother Reimneitz seemed very interested in what the local is engaged in surrounding the promotion of mechanical insulation He concurred with Business Manager Lee Loftus discussing the need for more employer supported training.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00PM
Just to remind you the next regular general meeting will be held on September 11th 2012 at the Operating Engineers Hall on Ledger Road in Burnaby
See You All There……..