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years and it looks like now we’re going to build
a couple down on the east coast and then we’re
going to build three or four fairly large ships in
British Columbia.”
Despite the colossal success of UA Canada,
Telford is the first to say the union cannot simply
sit back and rest on its laurels with the amount of
competition within the industry. He and the exec-
utive team at UA Canada have made projections
in terms of future growth to ensure the union
remains at the forefront in securing projects and
employment opportunities for the members.
“We need an increase in membership of at
least 10% with a 10-15% market share growth to
increase membership between 7,000 and 10,000
new members over the next three years. The mar-
ket share is obtainable. We’re increasing in size at
about 3-4% per year so if you compound that over
three to five years you’re getting close to 15%.”
The UA has about $7.5 billion in pension funds
and every Local union has a health and welfare
plan for all their members and their families. All the
money is members’ contribution. Telford would
like to see each Local union have about 40%
apprentices for the primary reason of lowering
the average age of the workers, which is currently
in and around the low 50s. For pension pur-
poses, Telford wants to see that number go down
because it won’t be that long before a significant
number of those people are going to retire, so the
union needs to be able to backfill the retirees.
“Two big projects that I hope to start but
likely will be retired before they conclude would
be a National Health and Welfare plan and a
National Pension Plan,” Telford offers. “These
would both likely take anywhere from three
to five years to implement to the point that all
members are covered, it would be a great benefit
to our members.”
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“They haven’t built ships in this
country in 25 years and it looks
like now we’re going to build a
couple down on the east coast
and then we’re going to build
three or four fairly large ships
in British Columbia.”
– John Telford
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