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WATT offers alternative pathway to electrical apprenticeship

December 29, 2020 DESPITE THE SHORTAGE OF workers, many of the most motivated candidates experience barriers to employment in the trades. In 2019, the Workplace Alternative Trades Training (WATT) program was created to reduce those barriers as a new pathway to...

First Builders

December 28, 2020 IN CANADA, FIRST NATIONS' LONG PROUD HISTORY as ironworkers reaches back to the 1880s when men from the Iroquois Confederacy were hired to build the Victoria Bridge across the Saint Lawrence River for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In B.C., First...

NDP’s re-election is a victory for construction workers

December 3, 2020 THIS FALL, BRITISH COLUMBIANS WENT TO THE POLLS AND OVERWHELMINGLY RE-ELECTED THE BC NDP. This election was important in many ways. First and foremost, it was conducted during a pandemic. While this changed how British Columbians voted (mail-in...

Women in the driver’s seat

November 30, 2020 THE FIRST EVER ALL-FEMALE COHORT has completed the Heavy Equipment Operator training program, a partnership between the YWCA, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115. “With the booming construction industry in B.C. we’re looking...

BCBT thrilled to have exceptional voice for workers in Victoria

November 9, 2020 THE BC BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL offers its sincere congratulations to Andrew Mercier on his election to B.C.’s NDP government. As executive director for the council, Mercier led the Building Trades during an incredibly difficult time for construction...

Local millwright uses skills savvy to help health care workers

October 20, 2020 THERE IS SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT about the personal protective equipment worn by health care workers at Kitimat General Hospital. It’s been improved by the ingenuity of local millwright Devin Baer. Now, nurses and other health care professionals...

Construction key to economic revival

September 16, 2020 RESTORING B.C.’s economy to pre-COVID-19 strength will depend heavily on the construction industry, and the health of construction workers. "This pandemic demonstrates the frailty of our economy when worker health and safety is compromised - workers...

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"All they had to do was just pay the fine and move on," said Fitzpatrick family friend Mike Pearson of Kiewit. But they didn't. And so the ... criminal trial is set for September. #stopthekilling @SteelworkersCA https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-sam-fitzpatrick-12th-anniversary-1.5921510

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