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May 19, 2013, 7:28 p.m.
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Trinidad and no, not yet. On a tender, trying to slide into deepwater.

How do you like working on those tender rigs? I'm going on the opposite way you are, currently on a 5th generation drillship in the GoM, but starting in September I'll be on a tender rig offshore Thailand.

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May 20, 2013, 7:01 a.m.
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How do you like working on those tender rigs? I'm going on the opposite way you are, currently on a 5th generation drillship in the GoM, but starting in September I'll be on a tender rig offshore Thailand.

They are kind of interesting. The first time you see the package being built on the platform it is pretty entertaining. You are going to laugh at the tiny drill floor and crappy little driller's shack after that drillship.

What do you do? Most people move up to deepwater, not the other way. And will you be drilling for Chevron. If so that will be a bit of an eye opener too.

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March 12, 2015, 3:16 p.m.
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About that…

Sudden layoffs for 1,000 oilsands construction workers a ‘tough thing,’ says union official
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Sudden+layoffs+oilsands+construction+workers+tough+thing+says+union+official/10884114/story.html

March 12, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
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Christian Labour Association of Canada?

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
- Josiah Stamp

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells

March 12, 2015, 4:07 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 23, 2003

Christian Labour Association of Canada?

LOL that sounds like a useless union if i ever heard of one.

still thats really quite shitty for the workers, despicable actually.

Ha Ha! Made you look.

March 12, 2015, 4:31 p.m.
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CLAC is a union for the company

March 12, 2015, 4:37 p.m.
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So "the company" is slang for The Vatican?

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
- Josiah Stamp

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells

March 12, 2015, 5:25 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

By company I mean whoever is the employer, for example CLAC at the mill here in town is gona be a better Union for the owner to deal with than the IWA or steelworker or any other union you could come up with

March 13, 2015, 8:37 a.m.
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Joined: Aug. 10, 2010

Yeah if your are a big company CLAC is awesome compared to IWA etc.

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March 13, 2015, 9:38 a.m.
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An interesting thing I have noticed is if you are an IWA member it is possible to move around SO any town in BC with a mill will have indo canadians so probably a temple (houston/pg/quesnel) and a good resturant(s) ect .

Smithers has very close to zero, I can think of one but he is a college prof/scientist

no spicy food either :(

March 13, 2015, 10:01 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Wow!

The downside to be working in a boom-bust resource based economy.

Alberta loses 14,000 jobs in February
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Alberta+loses+jobs+February/10887150/story.html

(I grew up with that in a resource city with a father that worked in an industry that supported the resource sectors.)

March 13, 2015, 7:37 p.m.
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Friends do not let friends do CLAC.

March 18, 2015, 8:27 a.m.
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Joined: Aug. 4, 2009

Ya, it's a tough slog right now for a lot of people. Don't let this change your opinion of Alberta too significantly though - the shop I'm at hired more than have been fired and we've secured enough contracts to keep us going through the slow times with minimal damage. The best companies protect themselves through this, the Eastern Canadians go ride pogie for 8-10 months, and we all get back to business as usual this time next year. I'm using all 4 weeks of my allotted holidays for the first time in never this year and going back to school.

March 25, 2015, 3:37 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 27, 2003

Don't ever come to Alberta looking for work. It's a sinking ship. You heard it right here, from me go-t. That's who I am.

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