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News that one of British Columbia’s only two oil refineries is up for sale and could be closed is bad news for environmentalists.
Our work is both seasonal and cyclical. While we are not entirely dependent on the weather, we know there is a time every year when construction is on the upswing, and that there will be a downswing as we close out the year. Our industry is the first to feel an economic downturn and, conversely, almost always the first to see the economic barometer rise.
The umbrella organization for BC’s 35,000 unionized construction workers is launching a provincial campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of unionized construction workers to the province’s future.
The BC Building Trades congratulates the federal government on the completion of the rigorous review process involved in the conditional approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
“Let us think that we build forever…let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be sacred because our hands touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them ‘See! This our fathers did for us!’” – John Ruskin
There has been plenty of talk about—and some improvement—in the number of women in the B.C. trades, but the numbers are still bleak.
Once B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond responded to years of lobbying efforts by the BC Building Trades and Build Together B.C., women lined up to talk about the barriers they face working in B.C. trades.
Representatives from the Labourer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA) are lobbying the federal Liberal government to persuade several key ministers to make significant changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).
Last year, the government of British Columbia announced that effective July 1, 2015, contractors and their sub-contractors that bid on provincially funded construction projects over $15 million would have to provide opportunities for apprentices with the hours of work necessary to advance through an apprenticeship.