Local 258 IBEW welcomes new members from ArborCare Tree Service in Vernon
Updated On: Jun 19, 2016
February, 2016 - Local 258 IBEW welcomes about two dozen new members working at ArborCare Tree Services Ltd., an Alberta company with an office in Vernon BC after the Labour Relations Board counted the votes in a mail-in ballot resulting in an 18-3 decision in favour of representation by the union in this workplace.
ArborCare Tree Services Ltd. describes itself as the largest Canadian-owned tree service company.
The union was approached by workers at ArborCare who were seeking a resolve to many difficult workplace issues. Local 258 IBEW Organizer Brother Rick Gerrard, with the assistance of organizing representatives from the First District IBEW, met with the workers and quickly realized the issues were very serious. Membership cards were signed by a majority working at this company, the vote was taken and the official results were announced by the LRB in January 2016.
“We welcome these new members to Local 258 IBEW and appreciate they chose our union for representation,” said Brother Doug McKay, Business Manager. “Thanks to the efforts of Brother Rick Gerrard and representatives from First District for the work involved in this organizing drive.”
Members working at ArborCare will soon begin bargaining for a new collective agreement.
Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers