News Archive

Friday, February 01, 2019
Health & Safety in Construction and our Communities - An approach for all situations.
Friday, January 18, 2019

The recently announced $40-billion LNG Canada project is the largest single development in Canada and the largest in B.C. history. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

This might surprise you. There were 417,306 registered apprentices in Canada in 2016, according to Statistics Canada.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Vancouver, BC — Thirty-eight years ago, four men went to work building one of Downtown Vancouver’s most iconic highrises: the Bentall Centre Tower IV.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The women’s caucus of the BC Building Trades has become the first chapter in Canada to welcome transgender people to its membership.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Local hiring, more apprentices on site and more opportunities for Indigenous workers and women are key elements of Community Benefits Agreements.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Women belong in the trades. Period.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

The BC Building Trades is encouraged by today's release of recommended changes to the Labour Relations Code, but remains hopeful for a construction-sector only review

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

There weren’t a lot of dry eyes in the audience by the time Danny Gaspard finished telling his story during a press conference with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The labour movement has always been about more than just workers coming together democratically to address their common concerns.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

If you think construction isn’t women’s work, you’d be wrong. In fact, not only are women building the nation through careers in the skilled trades, they are industry leaders.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The BC Building Trades welcomes LNG Canada’s final investment decision on the $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., and congratulates the NDP provincial government on ushering in the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Nineteen sheet metal and roofing apprentices competed during this year’s Sheet Metal Workers’ national convention in Victoria. CTV Vancouver Island News covered the practical portion of the Sheet Metal competition.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

For many of us, Labour Day traditionally signals an end to those lazy, hazy days of summer and the beginning of cooler temperatures, shorter evenings and more golden leaves on the ground. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Several business groups have filed a petition in BC Supreme Court today to have the court declare the “Building Trades only” requirement in the new Community Benefits framework a Charter infringement. This action reeks of politics.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Strong partnerships between the BC Building Trades and Indigenous people in the province depend on understanding the history of Canada and Indigenous struggles from the time of contact with Europeans.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

View From Ottawa

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Survey shows public values provincial government’s new construction policy

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Statement from the BC Building Trades on the new Community Benefits Agreement

Monday, July 16, 2018

The federal government’s cannabis legalization plan is creating a challenge for workers and employers in the construction industry — in conflicting ways.

Monday, July 16, 2018

B.C. will benefit from public infrastructure projects like bridges and highways in innumerable ways, thanks to the new construction model unveiled by the provincial government today.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Impacts of robotics go well beyond construction. The International Labour Office reported last year that 47 per cent of U.S. jobs were at a high risk due to robotics in the next 10 to 20 years.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When Manhal Alkanakri, Abdulhafed Almagri, Ibrahim Alhariri and Rachid Anker fled war-torn Syria in 2016 to start a new life in Canada, they knew it wouldn’t be easy.

They had to learn English. They had to find places to live. And they had to find jobs that would support their large families — all while grieving the profound loss of friends, relatives and the only home they ever knew.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Let’s build B.C. better.

That’s the consensus from the Community Benefits Coalition of BC, an alliance of labour and local companies who believe public infrastructure projects could do a better job of investing in communities.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A universal basic income is being promoted by the left and the right as a response to the increase in precarious and low-paid work in this neo-liberal era, and to the allegedly massive loss of jobs that will come from rapid technological change.

Friday, April 20, 2018
The BC Building Trades continues to press for measures that ensure opportunities for women in trades, Indigenous communities; apprentices; and local hiring on public projects in B.C.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Tradeswomen break through all kinds of barriers when they enter the male-dominated construction industry. They overcome systemic discrimination, prejudices about their abilities, fewer job opportunities, and even access to clean, accessible washrooms.

Monday, March 26, 2018

There is a better way to build in B.C. — a way that provides opportunities and a legacy of skills and experience to qualified local workers, apprentices, women in trades and Indigenous workers. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Women on the worksites are here to stay," said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the B.C. Building Trades.

Monday, March 12, 2018

To ignore the underground economy is to ignore the practices of tax evasion, money laundering, and human trafficking.

Monday, February 26, 2018

We don’t act like jerks on steroids at church, in the parent-teacher interview, or in many other situations, so why would it be OK at work? 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

VICTORIA, BC – The BC Building Trades is pleased by commitments in Budget 2018 that will provide the support and services necessary for the next generation to start their careers in the construction industry. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Statement from Tom Sigurdson, 
Executive director
BC Building Trades

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Statement from Tom Sigurdson, 
Executive director
BC Building Trades

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lee Loftus has stepped down as president of the B.C.Building Trades after a long career as one of Canada’s leading occupational health and safety experts in the construction industry.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Thirty-seven years ago, four men went to work building one of Downtown Vancouver’s most iconic highrises: the Bentall Centre Tower IV. Those men never came home.

Monday, January 08, 2018

What better way to fight workplace alienation than attending the largest gathering of tradeswomen on the planet?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Jobs for Tomorrow: Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions, a report commissioned by the Canada’s Building Trades Unions and the BC Building Trades, was on the agenda of the September convention.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I welcome the announcement by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training today to appoint Roberta Ellis as the new chair of the Industry Training Authority.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The voice of B.C.’s unionized construction sector lauds the decision today by the B.C. NDP government to move forward with the Site C hydroelectric dam.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Samuel Adams, a member of Millwrights Local 2736, has helped establish a sea turtle hatchery in Costa Rica.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The BC New Democrat government should complete BC Hydro’s Site C dam project say two of British Columbia’s leading energy experts – economist Marvin Shaffer and lawyer Jim Quail – who both reject many of the assumptions and conclusions of the BC Utilities Commission final report.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A new analysis by a veteran energy expert shows that the BC Utilities Commission’s final report on BC Hydro’s Site C dam is fundamentally flawed and has made up to a $3 billion error on the “sunk costs” already invested in the project, leading to faulty conclusions about the viability of Site C to provide clean, green hydroelectric power for 100 years.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Victories don’t come easy or often when people try to fight back against a national government’s attacks on organized labour.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

FortisBC’s Surrey to Coquitlam gas line

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) recently marked a historic occasion with the unveiling of the Canadian Building Trades Monument in Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa on May 16.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Why it is a big deal when someone has finally recognized that they need Building Trade Unions?
Friday, August 18, 2017
“It’s an exciting time for us to revisit our history,” said BCBT President Lee Loftus after the unanimous vote by B.C. Regional Council of Carpenters; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 170; Millwrights Local 2736; and the Piledrivers Local 2404 and current Building Trades members in favor of a resolution to "endorse the principle of unity for British Columbia’s Construction Crafts and agree to fully support a re-unified Council to the benefit of all."
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Same construction work but focus moves to climate change.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jim Sinclair, the former president of the B.C. Federation of Labour is producing a book capturing the history of the B.C. Building Trades. Check out this quick overview of our first 50 years.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

WorkSafe B.C. surpluses... It looks as though the claim that WorkSafe BC is overfunded will affect the benefits payable to workers injured or killed at work.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Students at the Finishing Trades Institute are keeping up with the fast pace of technological change that has come to the industrial painting sector.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The BC Building Trades Council’s unique partnership with UBC is having a transformative effect on research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The UBC research team is working to develop insulin-producing cells from stem cells that will be resistant to rejection.

Monday, June 05, 2017

A report released by the Canada Revenue Agency on Friday confirms Canada's personal income "tax gap" hit $8.7 billion for 2014 – a large portion of which comes out of the underground economy.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Today’s announcement by John Horgan and the BC NDP commits to using British Columbians to build BC. For nearly two decades, BC construction workers have found themselves standing on the outside of BC public infrastructure projects watching workers from other parts of Canada and indeed Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) do their jobs.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The BC Building Trades was encouraged by today’s announcement by the province that it would match the federal commitment for transit in Metro Vancouver.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The BC Building Trades was offended and outraged to hear the BC Liberal government announce it would redirect tens of millions of dollars in funds to employers and away from injured workers.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The BC Building Trades welcomed the 2017 budget commitment by the Federal Government to fund the Metro Mayor’s Transit Plan. At the same time, the Council was disappointed to see the Province refuse to move its share of funding from 33% - 40%.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking in to the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper - no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.” - Winston Churchill, House of Commons, Oct. 31, 1944 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Keeping up with technological advances is a big part of Chase Kubossek’s work as a member of Electrical Workers Local 213. “I enjoy what I do,” he said, while testing and commissioning a massive seven-section high voltage switchgear. “But I still have to connect wires.” 

Monday, February 06, 2017

Employment statistics released by BC Hydro on Friday reveal only 40 apprentices are working on the Site C project out of a workforce of 1,916.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

News that one of British Columbia’s only two oil refineries is up for sale and could be closed is bad news for environmentalists.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

“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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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). 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The BC Building Trades has learned through a Freedom of Information request that BC Hydro spent $42,200 in 2015 and $63,300 in 2016 on Site C job fairs for a total of $105,500 wasted rate payer dollars.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Members of the BC Building Trades were disappointed by LNG Canada’s announcement earlier this week they would be delaying indefinitely a Final Investment Decision on the project.

Monday, July 11, 2016

As a dispatcher for Ironworkers Local 97, Paul Beacom is used to rounding up workers for a job. But earlier this year, Beacom was asked to find a few members to travel to Haiti to help build a new trade school being sponsored by Builders Without Borders and the Canadian Construction Association. After a bit of calling around, he was able to line-up a sixperson crew.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Budgeting more federal money for apprentices and infrastructure looks good. But potential benefits for B.C. workers will depend on where the training money goes and what projects are chosen. 

“The devil is in the details,” said Tom Sigurdson, BC Building Trades executive director, following the delivery of the federal Liberals’ first budget in March. “We still don’t know if any money is going to go to joint training boards.” 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The BC Building Trades Council and the BC Federation of Labour congratulate Vancouver City Council for passing a critical resolution calling on the province to implement mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos and hazardous material removal contractors.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Governments at all levels–municipal, provincial, and federal–are big purchasers of construction. The capital budgets for hospitals, schools, universities, roads, bridges, water, sewer, and all other infrastructure amount to multiple billions every year. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

In Abbotsford, the April 28 Day of Mourning focused on the 187 workers who have died in B.C. in the past year, the risks facing farmworkers, and a national asbestos campaign. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

BC Building Trades Calls for Immediate Action on National Day of Mourning

Monday, April 04, 2016

Thereis a truism that states “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” But irrespective of the success of the Allied Hydro Agreement, BC Hydro decided to build what is likely the last dam on the Peace River under the open-managed-site model.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Glaziers, members of District Council 38 of the Painters and Allied Trades Workers, are working on some of the most challenging structures in the Vancouver area: the Telus Garden, the Trump Tower, and the MMP Tower.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Freedom of Information request made by the BC Building Trades on December 3rd has finally returned a response from BC Hydro after 103 days. In the response, BC Hydro confirmed only 65% of the 482 construction workers on the Site C project in November were from BC.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Vancouver, BC.   —  A company contracted by BC Hydro to help build the Site C dam is advertising for a human resources assistant to find temporary foreign workers for the construction of the $8.8 billion taxpayer-funded project. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I did two amazing things over the Thanksgiving week–I got the garden ready for winter and I voted in the advance poll for the federal election. If you are a gardener or someone who believes in the electoral process you absolutely have to be an optimist. Planting seeds or seedlings seems like such an enormous gamble in the spring and voting for people who may have their fingers crossed while making promises is also an act of enormous faith.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

As a skilled tradesperson, quality is your “trade” mark. You strive to be the best and you take pride in your workmanship. You have the qualifications and the skills, but do you have the tools necessary to file your tax return? 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Three days after the federal election, on Oct. 22, Kyle Downie, CEO of Skillplan, and Bob Blakely, Canadian operating officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions, met with federal government officials from the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in Ottawa to discuss problems with the Canada Job Grant.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

An Ontario-based study, released in September, confirms what many people thought. Unionized construction firms are safer than non-union firms, according to the Institute for Work & Health.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Building Trades challenge Energy Minister Bill Bennett’s claims of creating “lots” of BC jobs at Site C Dam project; BC Liberal MLA Pat Pimm promoting foreign workers in Fort St. John, local contractors angry.

Monday, December 21, 2015
BC Building Trades shocked that huge $1.75 billion BC Hydro Site C Dam project contract does not guarantee jobs for BC workers and that Hydro warning many of 1,500 jobs may go to Alberta and Saskatchewan workers.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

It has often been said that it is better to stick with the devil you know than switch to the devil you don’t. That did not happen on Election Day, Oct. 19.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Westminster, BC. The BC Building Trades are disappointed that BC Hydro has awarded the main civil work contract at Site C to a consortium which does not include any BCBT affiliates and workers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crews demolishing Metro Vancouver’s older homes could be facing more exposure to deadly asbestos products as contractors try to cut corners amid the region’s ongoing housing boom, according to the agency that protects B.C.’s workers.

Al Johnson, vice-president of WorkSafeBC’s prevention services, said Canadian workers no longer come into contact with heavy amounts of the carcinogenic mineral substance, used extensively in many industries until the late 1970s.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Ironworkers recognized

John Tyler (56), his son Jacob Tyler, and Dale Hession risked their own lives when they pulled a driver from a burning car on the highway between Kitimat and Terrace in 2012. The three ironworkers were driving in slushy wet conditions on their way back to the construction camp at the Kitimat Modernization Project.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Let's get LNG opportunity right and make sure local people get LNG jobs.

The recent LNG in BC Conference drew hundreds of local and international delegates from around the world for the latest update on the BC LNG opportunity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

For the better part of a decade union training schools went without any funding at all from the federal government to upgrade equipment, pay for infrastructure, or support training.

Frustration in the classroom wasn’t the half of it because 80% of apprenticeship training is conducted on the worksite. This makes work experience a critical learning opportunity and essential to apprenticeship completion. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We all know how busy construction sites are:, countless work activities going on at one time, workers focused on a variety of tasks, and trades joining at different phases of the project. With so much going on and so many people onsite, it can be hard to keep track of what hazardous materials you may be using on any given day. That’s where the Workplace Hazards Material Information System (WHMIS) comes in. WHMIS makes sure hazardous products are properly labelled so you know how to use the products safely.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Canada’s energy sector is significant, providing almost 10% of our gross domestic product with more than 280,000 direct jobs and many more supporting the industry.

It’s too big and too important to ignore.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Conservatives spent $263 million on spin doctors and advertising in 2014, all in an attempt to put lipstick on a pig.

Unfortunately, we still have the pig! In his attempt to promote resource development and exports, Stephen Harper gutted the Fisheries Act, cut funding to numerous science programs and world renowned facilities, and fired 2,000 federal scientists. To what end? What did the government accomplish? Have we developed more resources? Have we increased our exports?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Trade union members, First Nations, environmentalists, lawyers, human rights defenders, former prime ministers, the United Nations, businesses, and the NDP have called Canada’s new spy law–Bill C-51–a massive, unwarranted attack on the fundamental rights of Canadians.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The labour movement is hoping two of the Harper government’s most direct assaults on trade unions will be resolved by October’s election–with the removal of the Tories. If workers don’t win at the ballot box, their leaders have vowed to take the fight to court. 

Conservative policies have put workers’ jobs, pay cheques, and communities directly at risk, labour leaders say.

Monday, September 14, 2015

B.C.’s original dam builders went to Victoria in April to meet with Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Jobs Minister Shirley Bond and warn them that BC Hydro is putting on-time, on-budget construction of the $9 billion Site C Dam at risk. They said they are concerned that BC Hydro is planning to hire low-wage, offshore labour to build Site C while experienced skilled B.C. dam builders will be left idle.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. It’s a day when workers, families, employers, and others come together at ceremonies to remember those who have lost their lives to injury or disease on the job. Last year, 175 B.C. workers died, and now, 175 families mourn their loved ones who didn’t come home.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the spring of every year, there is a ritual that is unavoidable and is often ominous depending on what your finances are and where you live. These are the budgets that all three levels of government inflict upon us. For those of us in construction, the infrastructure portions can determine whether we have jobs or not. The amount of tax we pay, the breaks we get on those taxes, user fees, and the volume of service that we can expect from governments are determined within the budgets.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

From time to time, I am called up by friends or family to inspect a potential property they want to purchase, and I cringe. It’s not just about my desire to avoid four to five hours of crawling around in a ceiling or walls, it’s the risk my endorsement may make for someone I care about.

Few people know that a developer only has to guarantee the construction of a building for one year. I’ve had haircuts that lasted longer than that.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

VANCOUVER – The BC Building Trades Council says it remains a strong advocate of the Site C dam, but is increasingly concerned by project timelines and the slow pace of progress towards construction labour agreements with the four project proponents.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thousands of temporary foreign workers, who had been in Canada more than four years, were ordered out April 1.

This latest twist in the long-running temporary foreign worker crisis generated headlines across the country. Worker shortages and potential business failures loomed. The Calgary-based think tank, the Canada West Foundation, issued warnings in its report Work interrupted: How federal foreign worker rule changes hurt the West.

Monday, August 17, 2015

If any product has a public image problem, it’s coal.

“After all, what do bad kids get for Christmas? A lump of black, dusty coal instead of shiny, wonderful gifts,” said Tom Sigurdson, BC Building Trades executive director.

It may be unpopular with environmentalists, but there are few alternatives to metallurgical coal for making steel, and many developing countries depend on thermal coal for heat, light, and power, he said.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A sharp drop in oil and gas prices and stiff competition for markets have complicated the vision of just how B.C.’s liquid natural gas (LNG) future might unfold.

But with a huge merger in April between Royal Dutch Shell and the BG Group, there is a massive liquefied natural gas player on the scene, and optimism – “cautious optimism” – that at least one of 18 projects proposed for the west coast will get a final investment decision this year.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Construction is hierarchical by nature. The apprentice looks to the journeyperson, the journeyperson to the supervisor, the supervisor to the contractor, the contractor to the general, and the general liaises with the owner.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dave Millne has been an ironworker for 61 years. When he was 17 years old in 1953, he was working weekends and feeling like he wasn’t getting anywhere. He had heard that the province was going to expand and there would be a big need for labour to build major projects. His mother worked with the wife of a union business agent, who arranged for him to meet the union rep on the street. He was sent the next day to a job site. Armed with a slip of paper from the union, some gloves, a hard hat and boots, Millne was immediately put  to work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Don McGill, former president of the BC Building Trades and retired secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 213, was presented with an honourary life membership to the BCBT at the council’s convention in February.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A group of women in the trades with ideas about what can be done to encourage more women to enter the construction trades were in Victoria in February. They were invited by the BC Building Trades to talk to delegates attending the convention. They also met with Liberal and New Democrat MLAs and joined in the council’s lobbying efforts.

Monday, June 01, 2015

The BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have secured an agreement on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognizing that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation that includes building trades unions.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

British Columbia’s original dam builders who built the WAC Bennett, Mica and Revelstoke Dams warned the provincial legislature today that BC Hydro is putting the construction of the $9-billion Site C hydro dam at risk.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the BC Building Trades (BCBT), today issued this statement regarding a letter from Premier Clark in response to BCBT concerns about BC Hydro’s proposed plan for construction of Site C:

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

BC Building Trades commends Premier Christy Clark for rejecting BC Hydro’s attempt to prohibit union organizing on the Site C construction site.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Today the BC Building Trades filed a claim in BC Supreme Court which outlines how the site conditions BC Hydro is seeking to enforce on contractors bidding for work on Site C violate the Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms.

Monday, March 02, 2015

The BC Building Trades, and the 40,000 men and women it represents, are taking BC Hydro to the BC Supreme Court for violating Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its labour plans for the Site C Dam.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The BC Building Trades welcomes the tabling of Bill 9 (Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015) by the BC government. The Bill proposes much needed legislation that will permit WorkSafeBC to seek a court injunction to bar unsafe employers from continuing to operate in an industry when they ignore WorkSafeBC orders.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The BC Building Trades announced today it was joining the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition in campaigning for a "Yes" vote in the upcoming Mayors' Council transit plebiscite.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Representatives from the BC Building Trades gathered today with family members and the public to mark the deaths of four Vancouver construction workers who plunged to their deaths when a fly form collapsed at the 36th floor of the Bentall Centre Tower IV building in 1981.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Vancouver-New Westminster & District Building & Construction Trades Council (Van-New West) is taking on hunger this holiday season by donating $17,350, that it has received from affiliated Building Trades unions and their industry partners, to food banks across BC.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

This summer, the BC Building Trades cultural exchange with the Haisla Nation came full circle when a delegation from the council travelled to Kitimat to meet with the Haisla. Last April, Haisla representatives toured the BCBT's training facilities in the Lower Mainland.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Claudia Ferris

Since the economic downturn of 2008, Vancouver Island building trades unions have been working closely together to strengthen their collective market share.

Monday, May 05, 2014

NEW WESTMINSTER –Today, BC Building Trades Executive Director Tom Sigurdson was appointed to the board of the Industry Training Authority. The appointment signals a new relationship with labour in the trades training system.

Monday, April 28, 2014

VANCOUVER –Today, the BC Building Trades launched a campaign calling for stronger workplace accountability measures to hold corporate executives and directors accountable for cases of negligence causing workplace death or serious injury.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

KITIMAT, BC – Rio Tinto's CEO, Jacynthe Cote, was mistaken when she announced the Kitimat Modernization Project (KMP) was behind schedule and over budget due to a shortage of skilled workers.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

VICTORIA, BC – With an expected skills shortage of over 40,000 highly skilled construction workers on the horizon, today’s budget failed to deliver the investment in trades training needed to address the skills training challenge.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

VANCOUVER - Representatives from the BC Building Trades and BC Federation of Labour gathered today with family member and the public to mark the deaths of four Vancouver construction workers who plunged to their deaths when a fly form collapsed at the 36th floor of the Bentall Centre Tower IV building in 1981.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

VANCOUVER - A BC Supreme Court Justice has ruled that an asbestos removal contractor violated a 2012 Court Order granted to WorkSafeBC to ensure worker safety and fined the company and its owners $15,000.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The B.C. Federation of Labour and the B.C. Building Trades recently met with the premier and agreed to strike a committee with equal representation from labour, industry and government to create a comprehensive skills training plan.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BC Ferries announcement that it will build three new Intermediate class vessels was bittersweet, as BC Ferries once again opened the procurement process to international shipyards.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This week, the BC Building Trades Council, the organization that represents unionized construction workers across BC and the Yukon, raised over $25,000 for Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Diabetes Research Group at the University of British Columbia at their Charity Golf Tournament at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey and other fundraising.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This week, the BC Building Trades Council, the organization that represents unionized construction workers across BC and the Yukon, raised over $25,000 for Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Diabetes Research Group at the University of British Columbia at their Charity Golf Tournament at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey and other fundraising.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Check out this video from the Policy Conference for the Canadian Office of the Building and Construction Trades Department. Watch it here.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

By Brynn Bourke

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK IN B.C. lately about temporary foreign workers. On the one hand we have thousands of unemployed British Columbians looking for work and on the other, we have thousands of jobs that need to be filled. Instead of looking for domestic solutions to bring local people and jobs together, the provincial government has been using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to undermine apprenticeship training, wages and working conditions for B.C. workers.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Many people in the building trades and their friends and supporters are working hard on election campaigns throughout the province. Two candidates have close ties to the BC Building Trades Council.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Please join in your community's events to honour the women and men who have lost their lives on the job.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

VANCOUVER – Nearly five years after winning a precedent-setting, multi-million dollar BC Human Rights Tribunal award, a group of Temporary Foreign Workers from Costa Rica who helped construct the Canada Line rapid transit project have finally been paid.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Administrative Assistant - Permanent Full Time Position. Category 4

Monday, February 04, 2013

Unions call HD Mining’s actions “outrageous and offensive” and justifies judicial review of TFW permit.  Rejected applicants had up to 30 years experience in mining, degrees and management roles.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Days after Federal Court action gives unions the resumes of 300 Canadian workers rejected for jobs in judicial review of Temporary Foreign Worker permit; unions ask why HD Mining afraid of scrutiny and due legal process?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BC Building Trades unions win in Federal Court as judge orders federal Cabinet Minister Diane Finley to “further consider the scope and nature of her compliance” with a court order to compel disclosure of Chinese coal miner documents requested by union for judicial review of Temporary Foreign Worker

Federal Court finds that Minister has the power to suspend Labour Market Opinions for non-production.

Monday, January 07, 2013

VANCOUVER – Last year 32 construction workers were killed in British Columbia. The BC Building Trades and BC Federation of Labour renewed their call for stronger safety measures in the construction industry.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

If you are interested in building a strong green economy join  British Columbians from across the Labour and Environmental movements, as well First Nations, community, government, business, and other sectors for this Green Jobs conference.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The BC Building Trades position on the proposed Northern Gateway Project was incorrectly reported by Susan Anton in her July 24th op-ed in The Province. Read our response here:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Construction Unions disappointed trades training gets nothing in provincial budget;
ITA budget cut by another $5 million.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Construction unions cheer job creation through expected announcement this week of a new northern electrification project and possible $15 billion in new mines and hydro projects but say BC must quickly fix the broken apprenticeship training system.

Monday, April 11, 2011

BC Building Trades Outraged at Prime Minister’s Support for Asbestos Industry.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Stealth Cuts to Asbestos Lobby Still Hide Government Support: Building Trades unions angered that the asbestos lobby continues to receive subsidies this year and that indirect subsidies will continue into the future.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Five unions affiliated to BC Building Trades Council go to BC Supreme Court seeking ruling that Labour Relations Board Chair and Associate Chair are biased – request Court overturn decision, appoint independent adjudicator.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BC Building Trades Council appoints new Executive Director: Tom Sigurdson

Friday, January 07, 2011

Bentall IV Construction Accident Tragedy Remembered After 30 Years.
Latest statistics show another 30 workers killed in the BC construction industry in 2009, bringing the total to over 770 fatalities since 1981.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

BC Construction unions urge Quebec Premier Jean Charest to permanently close Jeffrey Asbestos Mine, end mining and export of deadly asbestos products as mesothelioma fatalities rise.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Union construction workers donate $5,000 to Haiti relief effort.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

BC Building Trades call for much stronger safety measures for construction workers with over 30 construction workers killed in BC each year and after tragic Toronto scaffolding accident two weeks ago claimed 4 workers’ lives.

Interested in building a strong green economy? Check out the Green Jobs Conference.

Students at the Finishing Trades Institute are keeping up with the fast pace of technological change that has come to the industrial painting sector.

While the training institute employs a virtual paint sprayer as much as possible because it is an environmentally responsible tool that saves gallons of paint each year, the FTI also features some of the most advanced equipment in Canada.

Students at the Finishing Trades Institute are keeping up with the fast pace of technological change that has come to the industrial painting sector.

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