Movement On Metro Transit Plan Good News For Construction Workers: BC Building Trades
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.
“Unlocking the gridlock on this issue is good news for construction workers,” said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the BC Building Trades. “The next step will be to make sure we build the project right and not repeat the mistakes of the Canada Line.”
During construction of the Canada Line, several sub-contractors brought in temporary foreign workers to conduct the work while qualified British Columbians were available. In one case, an international engineering company paid Costa Rican workers $3.57 per hour to drill the Canada Line Tunnel. When news broke, it was an international embarrassment. This would not have happened under a Project Labour Agreement.
“British Columbians have come to expect more from their major projects. The Metro Transit plan is a once in a generation opportunity to provide training opportunities to our youth, employ First Nations and source materials from local communities,” said Sigurdson.
Phase Two of the Metro Transit plan includes the Pattullo Bridge Replacement; Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT and Millennium Line Broadway Extension, along with more rail cars and bus service.
“Let’s build careers for apprentices who want to work in the industry. Those guarantees come through Project Labour Agreements,” said Sigurdson.
Contact the BC Building Trades office