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A letter to our members about opioids

November 16, 2020 Dear tradespeople, It’s been a difficult few months of anxiety, loneliness, frustration and anger. COVID- 19 has changed our world. For weeks, even months, we have been told to isolate, to wear masks, to keep our distance from other people in an...

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 ASSIST 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 16th, 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 -...

Unions lead pandemic response

September 6, 2020 Affiliates quick to respond to needs of members, retirees, communities By David Hogben A worried world watched with growing concern in January as reports came out of China of a new, highly contagious coronavirus. Hopes that B.C. might avoid the...

Court of Appeal refuses to hear CBA charter challenge

August 28, 2020 The BC Building Trades welcomes today's decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal denying the Charter challenge to B.C.’s Community Benefits Agreement brought by the Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA), the Christian Labour Association...

BC Building Trades welcomes release of Workers’ Compensation report

August 26, 2020 The BC Building Trades is pleased to see the release of the Patterson report into the Workers’ Compensation System. The report flows from the review conducted by retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson last year. Patterson was appointed by the Ministry...

BCBT looks forward to working with new WorkSafeBC board chair

August 14, 2020 The BC Building Trades congratulates Jeff Parr on his appointment as chair of the WorkSafeBC board of directors. Parr replaces Ralph McGinn, who passed away suddenly in May. “Jeff Parr is a proven leader and he demonstrated that recently during the...

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The opioid epidemic continues to rage on. If you are a member of a BC Building Trades-affiliated union, help is available through the ... Construction Industry Rehab Plan. @CIRP_BC https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0061-001957

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