CBA Court Challenge Was Much Ado About Nothing

By Andrew Mercier, Executive Director – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE – MEMBERS OF THE BC BUILDING TRADES are in for a busy 2020. LNG Canada, the Coastal GasLink pipeline, Site C, the Trans Mountain pipeline and the ongoing upgrades at YVR all require a...

Business community doesn’t understand who creates value

By Merrill O’Donnell – BCBT Workers’ Advocate Reprehensible behaviour The pullout of the B.C. business community from the Workers’ Compensation Review in August was a disheartening, if not totally unexpected, action by a group of so-called business...

A Time to Reflect – Tradetalk Editor Retires

By Tom Sigurdson Thank you! Thank you for giving me the honour of being your executive director for the past number of years. I was first hired into the position in 1997 and left in 2003 to work in Ottawa as the director of political and legislative affairs for...

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. Construction craft workers who pass their...

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...