Listen as Joe Maloney, Executive Director, Helmets to Hardhats, and Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters District Council of Ontario, are interviewed by Andrew Krystal about the homeless Veteran crisis and the immediate response and support from H2H and the trade unions, and the difficulties of supporting Veterans with a small, but dedicated staff of Veterans.
You can listen to the interview here
“Good Shepherd Ministries has been providing housing help and case management for homeless Veterans for the past 10 years,” say Br. David Lynch, Executive Director. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to expand those services. Now, not only can we offer a warm bed, hot meals and housing, but in partnership with Helmets to Hardhats, we can assist Veterans in learning trade skills to get back into the workforce.
Homeless Veterans have served their country. It is our duty to ensure that they receive the services needed to assist them in gaining freedom from homelessness. It is our duty to offer them support and encouragement so they can live full and productive lives. Thanks to Helmets to Hardhats, this goal will be achievable.”
Brother David Lynch, OH Executive Director, Good Shepherd Ministries
Visit the Good Shepherd Ministries site.
When carpenter and active military reservist Dimitrij Berdnikov was asked by the Canadian Armed Forces to volunteer in the military’s initiative Operation LASER to assist in a troubled long-term care home during the pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area, the 28-year-old was quick to sign up.
Berdnikov is a member of Carpenters’ Local 27 in Toronto.
In 2016, after four years in the military reserves, he was looking at career options and the building trades was on his list.
Through the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program, he met carpenter Mike Humphries, a Local 27 business representative and its liaison to the H2H.
“I didn’t know anything about carpentry at the time but thought I’d give it a try and I have liked it ever since,” says Berdnikov.
You can read the full article from the Daily Commercial News
What an adventure we are all living since March 14. I would like to thank you for following the public health guidelines in your province. Although we are confined to our home, I would like to inform you that Helmets to Hardhats remains in operation and continues to take your registrations. As soon as the construction industries will resume we want you to be in the front row for taking advantages of the benefits that Helmets to Hardhats offers to their members. We are proud to have more than 6,900 registered members and to have placed more than 1,100 members with the Canadian building trade industry.
We are waiting for you.
Your Helmets to Hardhats’ team.
"Skilled labour isn’t cheap, and cheap labour isn’t skilled"
Letters to the Editor
The National Post
365 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario M4W 3L4
To the Editor:
Re: “Let the markets handle the skilled-trades labour shortage” (Jan. 24) I must take issue with the author’s criticism of the Ontario government’s active promotion of skilled trades apprenticeships for young people. We are indeed facing a shortage of skilled tradespeople, as baby boomers — well trained and well paid — are retiring from industry. Leaving aside Mr Lau’s inapt and cynical comparison of skilled workers to oranges and pears, it seems he would “just...let the markets work,” and have them replaced by unapprenticed, semi-skilled, low-paid workers, in another example of the “race to the bottom” in both skills and wages. My organization assists armed forces veterans in transitioning into the skilled trades. We have no intention of sending these people into inadequately trained jobs where they can be exploited by employers favouring cheap labour over fully qualified workers. Our veterans deserve a better future, and so do our youth. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton should be applauded for encouraging young people to enter the skilled trades through proper apprenticeships. Engaging skilled workers in industry requires regulation, certification, intensive training, and licensing. It requires a tripartite partnership of government, organized labour, and industry, for the sake of safety, quality, and fair compensation. Reaching out to youth, who may otherwise be unfamiliar with apprenticeship opportunities — and the “fruit”-ful jobs they promise — is a good move by this government. Skilled labour isn’t cheap, and cheap labour isn’t skilled.
Joseph Maloney, M.S.C.
National Executive Director,
Helmets to Hardhats Canada
Pdf letter available here
Local 359 Visit
H2H Paul Bury, CD, tours the Boilermakers Local 359 welding shop in Langley, BC. Are you military, Veteran, Reservist looking to join top trade unions in Canada? Register today!
Helmets to Hardhats Normand T and Paul B meet with Local 359 Business Manager (middle) Jordan Streng. Boilermakers always ready to #supportourtroops with great careers!