B.C. Building Trades, not taxpayers, financed my Red Seal training

Union representative responds to Tom Fletcher’s column Another week, another anti-worker rant from Tom Fletcher. The intrepid legislative columnist for Black Press, Fletcher works tirelessly to deliver us biased news and views from Victoria. His last column was...

Duty to accommodate a human right

By Merrill O’Donnell – BCBT Advocate The duty to accommodate following a worker’s injury has caused longstanding confusion in labour-management relations in B.C. It is critically important for our members, building trades officers and contractors to realize that...

National and local unions fighting opioid crisis

View From Ottawa – By Arlene Dunn – Chief Executive Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions The opioid dependency epidemic affects a disproportionate number of construction workers across Canada; that number is even more pronounced in the province of...

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

We have all heard the expression, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And so let us take a moment to reflect on what happened in May of 1919 in Winnipeg. The First World War had just ended and soldiers returning from Europe had...

LNG Canada committed to B.C. workers and to apprentices

Temporary foreign workers at the LNG Canada project in Kitimat will comprise fewer than five per cent of the workers, as promised by LNG Canada. Put another way, 95 per cent of the workforce will be Canadian. These estimates were released last summer in briefing notes...