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No wash stations? Build ’em!

March 24, 2020 What do creative contractors and industrious construction workers do when they can’t source hand-washing stations for their job sites? They build their own! That’s what’s happening at six condominium sites in Victoria, where workers from Oceanview...

‘Construction workers aren’t second-class citizens’

March 22, 2020 “Construction workers aren’t second-class citizens.” – Andrew Mercier, executive director of the B.C. Building Trades Council Construction workers are vital to maintaining critical infrastructure and must be kept safe, says BCBT Construction workers...

Workers have the right to refuse unsafe work

March 19, 2020 COVID-19 has brought the hygiene practices at construction sites into laser focus. It's important to know that WorkSafe BC occupational health and safety regulations require workplaces to have either fixed or portable washroom facilities that include...

Building Trades Council statement on megaprojects

March 18, 2020 Due to concerns over COVID-19, the BC Building Trades Council is calling for the scaling down of some major construction megaprojects in the province that house large numbers of workers in remote camps. The council, which represents 35,000 unionized...

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

These are answers to some of the most common general work and employment questions that we’ve been hearing in our sector about COVID-19. If you have specific health-related questions related to COVID-19, you should turn to a health professional or visit the resource...

BCBT closes office to stem spread of COVID-19

The BC Building Trades Council is taking steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by closing our office until further notice. The health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, friends, family and neighbours are priorities for us, and this decision has not...

COVID-19 – CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 globally, Construction Labour Relations (CLR) and the BC Building Trades (BCBT) are proactively trying to limit the spread of infection in the workplace. Our shared priority is the health, safety and welfare of our 35,000 members...

A Real Life Ironman

Christopher Henry was planning to end his life. “I was going to commit suicide,” said Henry* matter-of-factly. A journeyperson reinforcing ironworker with some 30 years’ experience, Henry had arrived at what felt like the lowest point in his life. Three years earlier,...

IBEW Fighting For Fairness

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 213 ON STRIKE AGAINST LEDCOR FIGHTING FOR A FIRST CONTRACT in a non-union-dominated industry takes determination — especially when federal labour law stacks the deck in favour of anti-union employers. Striking members of the International Brotherhood...

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