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Safety first, no judgment and lots of hand sanitizer

April 16, 2020 If there is a bright side to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bay Hill Contracting seems to have found it. And it’s not just because the company specializes in lighting. “We’ve actually discovered better ways to do things by virtue of the constraints that have...

On the pathway to hope

April 15, 2020 Province Making Progress on the Opioid Crisis By Megan Terepocki EFFORTS BY THE B.C. GOVERNMENT to stop the escalation in opioid overdose deaths seem to be working. This is good news for the construction industry, which has seen its workforce...

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...

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