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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
(02-15-2013 01:06 PM)Lux Interior Wrote:  
(02-15-2013 01:56 AM)scotian Wrote:  Lux, as a fellow union member I agree that the union jobs are by far the best in the oil patch, although I wouldn't discourage anyone, especially a new guy from going the non-union route. It's all about getting your foot in the door and starting an apprenticeship, if you want to eventually join a union, you can do so, just don't turn down an apprenticeship opportunity just because its non-union.

As far as I know, non-union, CLAC companies (JV Drivers, Ledcor, Kiewit, etc.) actually have more workers up in the oil sands, even the camp jobs. There's mixed sites and also sites that are strictly non-union (CNRL Horizon and most in the Conklin area) and sites that are union (Syncrude, Suncor base plant, etc.)

I've worked both and both have their own pro's and con's, I recommend doing what is best FOR YOU, especially in terms of work advancement.


Agreed, i have also worked non-Union and the jobs are still better than in trade jobs in most of the world.
The offer most of the same benefits as working Union except the rates of pay are lower.
In Genereal though CLAC companies are dragging wage rates down in the Oil Sands.

Yes this has already happened, back in 09' some of the unions signed the "Kearl Lake Agreement" with Imperial Oil at their Kearl Lake site in order to secure work for union members, basically they lost their double time on weekends, they did this because they couldn't compete with CLAC companies. I'm not sure if this is standard on all sites now but its bullshit anyway, I"m pretty sure the oil companies can pay the union rates and it won't hurt their bottom line.

Imperial Oil (Exxon) also built a lot of the mods for that project in Korea to save money and planned on shipping them through the USA and up to Alberta, I had to laugh when this happened because it cost them millions, good job dickheads: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/22/busine....html?_r=0

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02-15-2013 07:03 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - scotian - 02-15-2013 07:03 PM
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