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Happy Labour Day from the BC Building Trades!

Date:  Thursday, August 30, 2018 For many of us, Labour Day traditionally signals an end to those lazy, hazy days of summer and the beginning of cooler temperatures, shorter evenings and more golden leaves on the ground.  Happy Labour Day, everyone! For many...

Government’s Union Deal Misrepresented

Re: Victoria councillors not unanimous in vote to remove Sir John A. Macdonald statue, Aug. 9 The removal of John A. Macdonald’s statue from the Victoria city hall precincts should be hailed as a victory for all those intent on destroying English Canada to clear the...

Busting myths about the community benefits agreement

As president of the Allied Infrastructure and Related Construction Council of B.C., which is the formal body tasked with administering the new Community Benefits Agreement for members of all the affiliated unions, I feel like my title is more fittingly “myth buster,”...

Building Trades shares ‘truth’ on Community Benefits Agreements

I'm not sure what headline the Journal of Commerce editors will put on this column, but I’m going to suggest “For the record” or, “Just the facts, please.” Or if those are too short, “The truth about Community Benefits Agreements” (CBAs) works well too. Chances are,...

B.C.’s future is built on the trades

Over the next three years, the province will invest $15.8 billion in taxpayer-funded infrastructure. Dear Editor, Wanted: Skilled tradespeople. Must enjoy great wages, rewarding work, and a bright future. As employment ads go, does this sound too good to be true? It’s...

Community benefits should be embedded in public projects

Date:  Monday, March 26, 2018 There is a better way to build in B.C. — a way that provides opportunities and a legacy of skills and experience to qualified local workers, apprentices, women in trades and Indigenous workers.  By Tom Sigurdson Executive...

There’s a monster on the loose

Date:  Monday, March 12, 2018 To ignore the underground economy is to ignore the practices of tax evasion, money laundering, and human trafficking. David Holmes, Business Manager District Council 38 What do you think $84.7 million could buy today? Here in B.C.,...

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