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Major B.C. Infrastructure Projects to Use Community Benefits Agreement Model

On July 16, 2018, Premier Horgan and the provincial government released an official announcement making Community Benefits Agreements (or CBAs) the model for large, publicly-funded infrastructure projects in British Columbia. CBA projects aim to benefit the communities around those projects by hiring locally (especially Indigenous peoples and women), maximizing apprenticeship opportunities, coordinating access to existing training programs to create skilled workers, and ensuring that workers doing the same job at the same level get the same wage.

Here’s a link to the announcement.

Pathways to Success – Local 1370 Member Versal Camille

In March of 2016, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) hosted a two-week Introduction to Scaffold Training Program in Kamloops for the SSN community, in partnership with the BCRCC and Industrial Scaffold Safety Services L.P. (ISSL). The training was a part of SSN’s Pathways to Success Program (P2S) and was designed to equip participants with basic skills, knowledge, and safety awareness in preparation for upcoming employment and career opportunities with ISSL in the region.

Local 1370 member Versal Camille was a participant in P2S, and in June 2018 he concluded the 3rd and final level of the BCRCC Scaffold Apprenticeship Training Program. “Before P2S, I was working as a ranch hand and as a labourer in residential and industrial construction. I was wanting to get into an apprenticeship and become a tradesperson. When Jordann Hazelwood [SSN Career Coach] called me about the opportunity to be in the training program, I jumped at the chance.”

“It has been incredible to be a part of Versal’s journey and watch him see an opportunity and take full advantage of it,” said Hazelwood. “He has worked incredibly hard both in the field and during his training at the trades school and has represented our community in a positive way. It is my hope that we can continue to support our members in realizing their full potential and capitalizing on every opportunity presented to them.”
Camille is working steadily for ISSL, mostly in the Kamloops region, but does travel to various other projects around the province. Once he acquires a few more work hours, Camille will have completed the BCRCC Scaffold Apprenticeship Training Program and will 
be a journeyperson scaffolder, something he is very much looking forward to.

Neil Dougherty, director of operations, ISSL, Kamloops, traces Camille’s employment with ISSL, “Versal started working for ISSL as a material handler on the Domtar shutdown right after he finished the P2S program in 2016. He was a great worker, showing lots of potential, and was eager to learn. ISSL was looking for good apprentices in the region, and Versal was an ideal and obvious choice. Today, he is an important member of our Kamloops team.”
“The training has made me more competent, and I feel confident when I go back into the field,” said Camille. “I want to keep on scaffolding and become a journeyperson. It’s a personal accomplishment that I will feel great about, that I can say ‘I’m a journeyperson.’ Scaffolding is a great career, and ISSL is a good company to work for, and they’re keeping me busy. The guys on the crew have been giving me answers to my questions and providing mentorship. Being in the Union has been like being a part of a family. I know that I have a pension and that I can enjoy my future.

“I’m very grateful to have been a part of P2S. It changed my life in a way I couldn’t have imagined. It changed my life path for the better.”

2018 Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest

The 2018 Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest was held on Saturday, June 16, at Campbell Construction’s Yard. The competition was a chance for members at the end of their apprenticeship training to show off some of their skills. The competitors were Joshua Bigham, Travis Buttman, Tyson Munro, Adam Patten, Nathan Seebaran, and Daniel Townsend. The field was very competitive, as these members are some of the best carpenters in the trade. Travis placed third, and Adam placed second. Tyson placed first and will go on to represent British Columbia at the National Apprenticeship Competition in August, which the BCRCC is hosting in Richmond, BC. A huge thanks goes out to the competitors, to the volunteers, and to everyone who came out to show their support!

  

2018 Local 1907 Members & Family Picnic

Saturday June 9, 2018, at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby. Local 1907 members accompanied by family and friend enjoyed a day of fun and – believe it or not, sun! – for the first time in a number of years. Thanks to all for participating and volunteering their time to help make the annual event an ongoing success. See you there next year!

Ratification of Collective Agreements

The Bargaining Council of BC Building Trade Unions (BCBCBTU) and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC (CLRA) concluded the ratification process on November 13, 2017. Ratification of the 2016-2019 agreements was successful with fourteen of the fifteen building trades unions supporting the agreement with a combined majority of 83%. BCRCC carpenters voted 95% in favour of the three-year agreement. While BCRCC scaffolders approved their 2016- 2019 agreement with 92% support. We would like to thank the membership for participating in the ratification process and exercising your right to vote on the terms and conditions of your collective agreements.

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