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Members of the BC Building Trades were disappointed by LNG Canada’s announcement earlier this week they would be delaying indefinitely a Final Investment Decision on the project.
As a dispatcher for Ironworkers Local 97, Paul Beacom is used to rounding up workers for a job. But earlier this year, Beacom was asked to find a few members to travel to Haiti to help build a new trade school being sponsored by Builders Without Borders and the Canadian Construction Association. After a bit of calling around, he was able to line-up a sixperson crew.
Budgeting more federal money for apprentices and infrastructure looks good. But potential benefits for B.C. workers will depend on where the training money goes and what projects are chosen.
“The devil is in the details,” said Tom Sigurdson, BC Building Trades executive director, following the delivery of the federal Liberals’ first budget in March. “We still don’t know if any money is going to go to joint training boards.”
The BC Building Trades Council and the BC Federation of Labour congratulate Vancouver City Council for passing a critical resolution calling on the province to implement mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos and hazardous material removal contractors.
Governments at all levels–municipal, provincial, and federal–are big purchasers of construction. The capital budgets for hospitals, schools, universities, roads, bridges, water, sewer, and all other infrastructure amount to multiple billions every year.
In Abbotsford, the April 28 Day of Mourning focused on the 187 workers who have died in B.C. in the past year, the risks facing farmworkers, and a national asbestos campaign.
BC Building Trades Calls for Immediate Action on National Day of Mourning
Thereis a truism that states “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” But irrespective of the success of the Allied Hydro Agreement, BC Hydro decided to build what is likely the last dam on the Peace River under the open-managed-site model.