A Message from CBTU – Plenty missing from federal budget

July 21, 2021 WHAT THE LEGACY IMPACT of COVID-19 will be is hard to envision, when we are still deep within the crisis. At the time of putting pen to paper, Ontario and Nova Scotia are both in lockdown, Alberta is experiencing soaring cases, and across the country,...

Workers Advocate’s Message – Chronic pain: a painful story

July 13, 2021 OUR FORMER president of the BC Building Trades Council, Lee Loftus, was a prized member of the workers’ representatives on the Policy, Practice and Consultative Committee (PPCC) for  many years. The PPCC consists of two Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)...

Major Projects Update

July 9, 2021 WHERE OUR MEMBERS ARE WORKING Site C The construction of Site C has reached the halfway mark, with work continuing on the powerhouse construction, building up of cofferdams, excavation, drainage features, and other aspects such as highway realignment....

Opioids take heavy, deadly toll

June 30, 2021 SINCE A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY was declared five years ago, the construction industry has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, which has claimed 7,000 lives. Five years after B.C.’s opioid overdose epidemic was declared a public health emergency, there...

Construction workers getting flushed

June 28, 2021 Occupational health and safety regulations require flush toilets, but the rules are not enforced PHIL VENOIT HAS BEEN TALKING about the sorry state of portable toilets on construction sites for at least 20 years. And he has the documentation to prove it,...