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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...

It shouldn’t take a crisis to create a safe workplace

May 18, 2020 By Andrew Mercier, Executive Director With the public debate focused on the question of dialling-up our economy in these trying times, it is important that we do not forget the important role of workplace safety enforcement going forward. Construction is...

CBA Court Challenge Was Much Ado About Nothing

February 28, 2020 By Andrew Mercier, Executive Director Members of the BC Building Trades are in for a busy 2020. LNG Canada, the Coastal GasLink pipeline, Site C, the Trans Mountain pipeline and the ongoing upgrades at YVR all require a steady supply of skilled,...

Community Benefits Agreements raise standards of living for all

By Phil Venoit - IBEW Local 230, RSE President’s View It has been no secret that union busting and impeding the right of workers to form unions has been in vogue since the 1980s. Unionization rates in the private sector have fallen dramatically. The result has not...

Business community doesn’t understand who creates value

By Merrill O'Donnell - BCBT Workers' Advocate Reprehensible behaviour The pullout of the B.C. business community from the Workers’ Compensation Review in August was a disheartening, if not totally unexpected, action by a group of so-called business leaders who are...

A Time to Reflect – Tradetalk Editor Retires

By Tom Sigurdson Thank you! Thank you for giving me the honour of being your executive director for the past number of years. I was first hired into the position in 1997 and left in 2003 to work in Ottawa as the director of political and legislative affairs for...

Compulsory trades protect workers and public safety

President’s View by Phil Venoit The Red Seal Program was established following the first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries in Ottawa in 1952 and first certificates were issued seven years later....

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