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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.

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!

Kristine Byers & Raven Buck Volunteer at WISH Centre in Vancouver

BCRCC Sisters in the Brotherhood Committee members and Local 1907 members Kristine Byers and Raven Buck volunteered at the WISH Centre on June 2, 2018. They are pictured here – along with other tradeswomen from the BC Building Trades campaign, ‘Build Together’ – repairing a women’s shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sisters Byers and Buck volunteered their time and expertise to help improve the day-to-day lives of the women at the Centre. Great work!

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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