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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...

CONSTRUCTION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

August 6, 2020 WHEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF Quebec and Ontario shut down all non-essential construction in March and April due to COVID-19, some in the industry wondered if B.C. would be next. At one point, it seemed a sure thing. “It is the inevitable next step,”...

Construction ramps up on CBA projects

July 29, 2020 Nearly two years after the Province of British Columbia announced it would begin to build publicly funded infrastructure projects under a Community Benefits Agreement, construction is finally underway on two cornerstone projects. Construction crews were...

WCB changes restore balance, protect injured workers

July 14, 2020 Changes to the Workers Compensation Act introduced today by the BC NDP government put injured workers first for the first time in two decades. “Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in B.C. and the men and women who work in this industry...

The Last Surviving Ironworker

June 17, 2020 Lou Lessard, 91, shares his memories of that fateful day, June 17, 1958, when the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge collapsed. This video from Ironworkers Local 97 combines new and archival footage to show why we must...

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