Latest News & Opinion
The BC Building Trades welcomed the 2017 budget commitment by the Federal Government to fund the Metro Mayor’s Transit Plan. At the same time, the Council was disappointed to see the Province refuse to move its share of funding from 33% - 40%.
“At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking in to the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper - no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.” - Winston Churchill, House of Commons, Oct. 31, 1944
Keeping up with technological advances is a big part of Chase Kubossek’s work as a member of Electrical Workers Local 213. “I enjoy what I do,” he said, while testing and commissioning a massive seven-section high voltage switchgear. “But I still have to connect wires.”
Employment statistics released by BC Hydro on Friday reveal only 40 apprentices are working on the Site C project out of a workforce of 1,916.
BC Hydro recently released employment statistics for the Site C project for November 2016. The report reveals 18% of workers, which equals 246, on the project were from outside BC.
Last year 29 construction workers were killed in British Columbia (18 from trauma and 11 from exposures). The BC Building Trades renewed their call for stronger safety measures in the construction industry.
The BC Building Trades Council positively acknowledged today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it would take a whole-of-government approach to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018.
Watch for the BC Building Trades’ year-long TV and local newspaper advertising campaign, community presentations, and speeches to all corners of B.C. promoting its new Seal of Approval. The seal represents an assurance that everything built by BC Building Trades is constructed to the highest standards with no compromises on safety or the environment.