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We represent 25 local craft construction unions belonging to 13 international unions. Our 40,000 highly skilled members account for approximately 55 per cent of the non-residential construction labour force in B.C.
Workers, families, dignitaries gather virtually on 40th anniversary of Bentall IV construction tragedy
January 7, 2021 Vancouver, BC — Forty years ago, four men went to work building one of Downtown Vancouver’s most iconic highrises: the Bentall Centre Tower IV. Those men never came home. They were carpenters Gunther Couvreux, Brian Stevenson, Donald Davis and Yrjo...
December 29, 2020 DESPITE THE SHORTAGE OF workers, many of the most motivated candidates experience barriers to employment in the trades. In 2019, the Workplace Alternative Trades Training (WATT) program was created to reduce those barriers as a new pathway to...
December 18, 2020 2020 BEGAN AS IT DOES EVERY YEAR - with our annual Bentall Memorial in January, when we commemorate the four workers whose lives were lost in the Bentall IV construction disaster. This small ceremony has particular importance for me as we are always...
December 8, 2020 APPRENTICESHIP IS THE foundation upon which our unions are built. Historically, many of our Building Trades apprentices have learned and practised their skills under a “master tradesperson,” until they, too, became skilled at their craft. This passing...
Spring 2021 Vol. 24 No. 1
In This Issue
- Apprenticeship Denied
- All in the Family
- COVID, Construction & the Classroom
People who work in Canada’s construction industry are impacted by problematic use of opioids. Treatment and recovery are possible, but stigma associated with opioid use can prevent people from getting help. Canada’s Building Trades Unions and Health Canada have teamed up to conquer stigma and get people the help they need.
Less than five per cent of workers in the skilled construction trades are women, but Build TogetHER BC, the women’s committee of the BC Building Trades, is working to change that.
WE ARE INVOLVED WITH WORTHWHILE CAMPAIGNS ACROSS THE REGION TO ENSURE ALL OUR MEMBERS ARE PRIMED FOR SUCCESS IN THE COMING YEARS
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