IW in Newfoundland & Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador Local 764 is home to 1,900 members, about 70% of whom are structural ironworkers or welders and the rest reinforcing ironworkers.
The robust Newfoundland economy provides existing members with lots of work on offshore oil platform construction, as well as mining, smelter and power generation facility construction, expansion and maintenance. In the near future, they’re looking forward to additional offshore platforms and a major smelter project.
For now, their existing membership has managed to meet employer demand, but they keep applications on file so when demand increases to an even higher level, and as older members retire, they can call in new members.
The Local operates a training facility that is currently under expansion to 6,000 square feet, two storeys. It includes 10 welding booths and two classrooms. The training centre offers a formal, 9-month (September-June) 1st-year apprenticeship course that graduates trainees with 1,800 credited hours.
Local 764 members have a very good, comprehensive benefit plan and a (rare these days) defined benefit pension plan.
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