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BC Hydro recently released employment statistics for the Site C project for November 2016. The report reveals 18% of workers, which equals 246, on the project were from outside BC.
Last year 29 construction workers were killed in British Columbia (18 from trauma and 11 from exposures). The BC Building Trades renewed their call for stronger safety measures in the construction industry.
The BC Building Trades Council positively acknowledged today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it would take a whole-of-government approach to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018.
Watch for the BC Building Trades’ year-long TV and local newspaper advertising campaign, community presentations, and speeches to all corners of B.C. promoting its new Seal of Approval. The seal represents an assurance that everything built by BC Building Trades is constructed to the highest standards with no compromises on safety or the environment.
As president of the BC Building Trades, I am asked by Tradetalk to write about important topics for our members. This time is no different. I would like to sound the alarm on a very crappy situation on many of our construction sites–toilets!
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.