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Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne’s Electric

My answer to that question is: I find the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) absolutely GUILTY of sinking Lorne’s Electric. Read the following and decide for yourself.

As posted in LinkedIn Electrician: “In Feb. 2014 the union agreed to some financial assistance for upcoming work but did nothing to help Lorne’s Electric with work in progress or work quoted. The resulting extra costs of labour, union fees and other union-related expenses, which also directly affect WSIB and source deductions, forced them into bankruptcy.”

“Existing customers that employed them as a non-union contractors were of the common belief that… Read More


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Did IBEW certification cause the closure of Lorne’s Electric?

Did IBEW certification cause the closure of Lorne’s Electric, a 40-person shop concentrating on the residential side of our the electrical business? On Dec. 30 last year, Local 586 of IBEW sent notice it was seeking card-based, union certification of Lorne’s Electric.

The notice was sent by way of a 70-page fax that arrived on a day when only three people were working for the company. These three employees became, in effect, the entire workforce the union based their numbers on. It seems a vote by secret ballot for certification in Ontario only requires a vote 50%+1.

Six weeks later the owner… Read More


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Winter Driving Fundamentals

Winter driving can present challenges to both drivers and their vehicles. Cold weather can test the limits of a vehicle, and winter driving conditions will test the abilities of any driver. Being prepared for all road conditions is imperative! This online Winter Driving Fundamentals course explores the main risks associated with winter driving and offers simple solutions to reduce winter driving risk.


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