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A Message from CBTU

February 2, 2021 THE CONSTRUCTION industry, early on, was deemed essential in most areas in Canada and contractors and tradespeople have adapted extremely well to ensure the health and safety of all workers while continuing to build and maintain vital infrastructure....

Stressed? It’s OK to seek help

January 11, 2021 MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FREE TO MEMBERS If you work in construction, you may often feel like you are under a lot of pressure; it’s natural to feel stressed or anxious. But if you become overwhelmed by these feelings on a regular basis,...

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...

Making the case for workers

October 27, 2020 ON MARCH 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the world as we knew it changed. Almost immediately, the focus in the construction sector was on occupational health and safety protocols and personal protective...

COVID-19 and Canada’s New Deal

September 29. 2020 CANADA IS FACING unprecedented health, social and economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The over half a million highly-skilled women and men that make up Canada’s Building Trades Unions are committed to continue working on building the...

Pandemic places focus on site sanitation

August 25, 2020 Executive Director’s Message by Andrew Mercier THE PAST FEW MONTHS have been marked by the emergence of the coronavirus and an unprecedented public health crisis. Construction workers have been at the front line of the pandemic, continuing to do the...

BCBT leaders working toward common purpose

August 20, 2020 President’s Message by Al Phillips LEADERSHIP. One of the things that separates the BC Building Trades from many other organizations is our leadership. Our leaders for the most part began as apprentices, just as I did, and worked their way through the...

We should be building vessels for BC Ferries

June 10, 2020 By Phil Venoit, Past President CANADA HAS THE WORLD’S longest national oceanic border, which continues down the Saint Lawrence seaway with the longest inland fresh waterway and border we share with the United States, our greatest trading partner. British...

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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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