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We represent 25 local craft construction unions belonging to 13 international unions. Our 35,000 highly skilled members account for approximately 55 per cent of the non-residential construction labour force in B.C.

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Labour lawyer, activist to take reins of BC Building Trades

Labour lawyer Andrew Mercier will take the reins of the B.C. Building Trades Council as executive director next month. Mercier will replace Tom Sigurdson, who joined the council in 2010 after a lengthy career in political and legislative affairs. Sigurdson will remain...

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What is Red Seal certification?

The Red Seal program is the interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades. It is the highest standard of training in the country, and the minimum level that the BC Building Trades believes is acceptable. What Red Seal training provides Along with...

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Op-Ed

Compulsory trades protect workers and public safety

President’s View by Phil Venoit The Red Seal Program was established following the first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries in Ottawa in 1952 and first certificates were issued seven years later....

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The next election sets the stage for the next four years

View From Ottawa By Arlene Dunn Canada’s Building Trades Unions are preparing for this fall’s federal election. The need to get out the vote is more important than ever. Before the Trudeau Liberals were elected in 2015, the building trades had been fighting for...

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Tradetalk

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Fall 2019 Vol. 22 No. 3

In This Issue

  • When women rise, unions shine
  • B.C. tradeswomen building bridges in India
  • Workers have boots on the ground at first CBA project

 

The opioid crisis: words matter

People who work in Canada’s construction industry are impacted by problematic use of opioids. Treatment and recovery are possible, but stigma associated with opioid use can prevent people from getting help. Canada’s Building Trades Unions and Health Canada have teamed up to conquer stigma and get people the help they need.

Construction: the Last Frontier for Women

Less than five per cent of workers in the skilled construction trades are women, but Build TogetHER BC, the women’s committee of the BC Building Trades, is working to change that.

Use caution in the cone zone

You can replace the cone, but not the worker! It’s the responsibility of all of us to ensure the safety of workers in cone zones. 

WE ARE INVOLVED WITH WORTHWHILE CAMPAIGNS ACROSS THE REGION TO ENSURE ALL OUR MEMBERS ARE PRIMED FOR SUCCESS IN THE COMING YEARS

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The BC Building Trades represents 35,000 highly skilled construction workers in British Columbia. Our members work in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors building our communities.

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