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Building it Green With Canada’s Building Trades Unions

May 22, 2024 IN 2023, WE SAW FIRSTHAND THE catastrophic effects of climate change, from wildfires to floods across Canada. As we enter 2024, it’s an important time to renew our commitment to fight climate change and reduce its impacts on our communities. Canada’s...

HEAT PUMP REVOLUTION – BUILDING TRADES MEMBERS UP TO THE TASK

April 24, 2024 JASON AMESBURY IS QUICK TO ADMIT he’s short on labour. He says the heating, ventilation and air  conditioning (HVAC) work available in coming months is “astronomical.” Even on a rainy Tuesday in January there are between 50 and 60 open calls. “That’s...

Remembering Gary Kroeker

April 8, 2024 GARY KROEKER, RESIDENT OF PORT COQUITLAM, B.C., long-time business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 (IUOE 115) and former president of the BC Building Trades passed away on Nov. 30, 2023, at the age of 75. Kroeker was...

What will it take to get women PPE that actually fits?

March 4, 2024 IMAGINE WALKING ONTO A JOB site and all the tools you need are there. There’s a nice selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits you. You put on the PPE, grab your tools and get to work knowing you’ll be safe on the job. That scenario...

First all-Indigenous cohort graduates EJTC

February 29, 2024 SOME OF WAKENNIOSTA COOPER’S earliest memories are hiding behind her grandma’s living room couch doing puzzles. “I’ve been doing puzzles since I was a kid ... it was one of my favourite things to do,” Cooper said. “I’ve always liked problem solving...

IBEW 993 Lights Up Women’s Shelter

February 21, 2024 THE LIGHTS IN A WOMEN’S SHELTER in Kitimat, B.C. are shining brighter this winter thanks to Alyssa Rogers and a sisterhood of electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 993 (IBEW 993). Rogers is a second-year...

B.C. LNG: From pipe dream to reality

November 24, 2023 IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that liquefied natural gas (LNG) was once nothing more than a pipe dream in B.C. Back in the early 2000s, LNG development was limited to exploration, with questions surrounding its viability. Now, more than 10 years since BC...