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Update for Victoria’s Local 1598 members:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consideration of the need for physical distancing and the restriction on gathering, the Local 1598 Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 20, is CANCELLED.

Notice Regarding Council Operations

Due to COVID-19, the BC Regional Council of Carpenters (BCRCC) has taken precautionary measures for the safety of our members and staff. While our physical offices and training centres are currently closed for in-person visits, we remain committed to supporting our members during this challenging period.

To contact the BCRCC, please call 1-888-217-9320 and select from the following options based on the information you require:

Unions Dues & Membership Inquiries – OPTION 1
Benefit Plan, Pension, and Shortage Notice Payments – OPTION 2
Training & Apprenticeship Inquiries – OPTION 3

Here is a directory of our Union representatives, for your reference:

Local 527


Rob Snyder


 


250-713-9176


 


rsnyder@bcrcc.ca


 


 


Local 1370


Mike Andrews


 


604-842-5422


 


mandrews@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Derrek Autzen


 


604-830-8772


 


dautzen@bcrcc.ca


 


 


Local 1541


Mark Bevacqua


 


604-839-4264


 


markb@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Ken Podgornik


 


604-802-6985


 


kpodgornik@bcrcc.ca


 


 


Local 1598


Tim Bolderson


 


250-661-0691


 


tbolderson@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Matt Carlow


 


250-812-0367


 


mcarlow@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Jordan Kersch


 


250-883-9002


 


jkersch@bcrcc.ca


 


 


Local 1907


Kristine Byers


 


778-791-7116


 


kbyers@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Ken Podgornik


 


604-802-6985


 


kpodgornik@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Jason Sarac


 


604-561-0420


 


jsarac@bcrcc.ca


 


 


 


Jason Teneycke


 


604-781-4203


 


jteneycke@bcrcc.ca


 


 


Local 2499


Jeff Sloychuk


 


780-266-8719


 


jeffs@bcrcc.ca


COVID-19 Resources and Updates

29 May 2020
BCRCC Benefit Plan Services Expansion
Dear BCRCC Members:

The BC Regional Council of Carpenters (BCRCC), in collaboration with the trustees of the BCRCC Benefit Plan, is pleased to announce that the Member and Family Assistance Program (MFAP), jury duty coverage, and bereavement leave are now accessible to all BCRCC members – not just those covered on the BCRCC Benefit Plan.

The MFAP, provided by Homewood Health, is a counselling, resources, and support service that’s available to all BCRCC members – and their dependents – in person, by phone, by video, or online. It offers a confidential and caring environment and will provide counselling for any challenge, such as:

family – marital – relationships – addictions – anxiety – depression – life transitions/change – grief/bereavement – stress – nutrition – lifestyle changes – weight management – smoking cessation – childcare and parenting – elderly and family care – financial – legal – career planning – workplace issues – pre-retirement – and shift work

The MFAP is free and accessible 24/7. Call 1-844-722-3327 or visit homeweb.ca

Download the MFAP brochure here.


1 May 2020
The Online Application Portal for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers is Now Open
As of today, Friday, May 1, 2020, the online portal to apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers is open. This benefit is a tax-free, one-time $1000 payment “for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.” Find more information here.
The eligibility requirements are similar to those for the Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB). View the eligibility and application requirements here.
Apply online here.
Note: While telephone applications will be accepted starting May 4, due to anticipated high volumes, the Province strongly recommends applying online. To apply by phone: 1-855-955-3545 (within BC only); 1-778-309-4630 (outside B.C.).


22 April 2020
CERB Expansions – Stay on the CERB if You Earn Less Than $1,000 per Month
Last week, the Federal Government announced some expansions to its Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). While we encourage you to read more about these expansions, we’d particularly like to note that the government will now “Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.”
This means that if you’re currently on the CERB, and you’re offered a dispatch for a position that’s short term, accepting the dispatch may not automatically disqualify you for the CERB.
Please note: According to this Fed Gov page, this $1,000 per month is before taxes. And “per month” means “during an eligibility period,” which are as follows:

  1. March 15, 2020 to April 11, 2020
  2. April 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020
  3. May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020
  4. June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020
  5. July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020
  6. August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020
  7. August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020


7 April 2020
COVID-19 Scenarios Grid for BCRCC Members (Version 4)
We’ve made a fourth version our COVID-19 scenarios grid to help direct BCRCC members to benefits and information depending on their situation.
Most significantly, the portal to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now active.
Moreover, Employment Insurance (EI) benefits (both regular and sickness EI) and the CERB have been streamlined: Applying for either of these benefits is now done through one and the same portal. Also, per this Fed Gov site, “If you applied for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.”


3 April 2020
COVID-19 Scenarios Grid for BCRCC Members (Version 3)
Please see this latest version of our COVID-19 scenarios grid for BCRCC members. It will help direct members to benefits and information depending on their situation. Here’s what’s changed or been added since the previous version:

  1. The recommended order for what benefit people should apply for has changed. If you’ve stopped working because of COVID-19, it’s now being recommended by the Federal Government that you “apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, whether or not are eligible for Employment Insurance.” (See question two of the Q&A).
  2. The Federal Government has released guidelines for applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  3. The Canadian UBC has created a dedicated phone line to connect UBC members with a member of the UBC COVID-19 Response Team to help answer questions about their individual situations due to COVID-19: 1-800-354-1812.
  4. The Province’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool is now available as an app for both Apple and Android devices.


27 March 2020
COVID-19 Scenarios Grid for BCRCC Members (Version 2)
We have updated our grid designed to help guide members to benefits and information depending on their situation. This revised version includes information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced by the Federal Government on March 25, which replaces the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Response Benefit. It also includes resources about construction and COVID-19 from WorkSafe BC.

Benefit Plan Changes
In addition, please see the updates to the BCRCC Benefit Plan that provide additional support to members and their families during this challenging period.

23 March 2020
COVID-19 Scenario Grid for BCRCC Members
Please view this grid designed to direct members to benefits and information depending on their specific situation.

B.C. Government Releases Guidance for Construction Sites
Also, yesterday the B.C. Government released guidelines for construction sites during COVID-19.


20 March 2020
Please help keep our jobsites safe by maintaining safe social distances and by washing your hands frequently. Do not go to work if you are ill, whether or not the illness has been confirmed as COVID-19.

BC Ministry of Health Releases Self-Assessment Tool
Anyone who feels ill can use this self-assessment tool that the B.C. Ministry of Health released to help determine the nature of their illness. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

Changes to EI Sickness Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provides up to 15 weeks of income replacement for people who are unable to work because of illness, injury, or quarantine. Visit the EI sickness benefits page to apply. People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate. The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. Find more information here.


18 March 2020
We understand and share many of the concerns we have been hearing in response to the COVID-19 situation. Our hope is that our members and their families stay healthy during this critical time. The BCRCC is actively monitoring the latest news from the BC Centre for Disease Control, the BC Ministry of Health, as well as the Federal Government, and will help to relay new information.

Canada’s Economic Response Plan
On March 18, the Federal Government announced its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The benefit will provide temporary income support for:

  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.

Q&A for Employees and Employers from the BC Building Trades
Find answers to commonly asked questions – including those involving construction work – here.

CLR’s Safety Recommendations
Also, Construction Labour Relations (CLR) has encouraged its signatory contractors that the following precautionary measures be adopted on jobsites:

• Jobsite meetings can still be held, but perhaps in smaller groups which are appropriate for the space available to allow for proper distance between employees.
• Consider staggering lunch breaks so potential exposure in lunch rooms is limited to smaller groups.
• Where possible add additional washing stations and hand sanitizers and ensure the ones you have are available in convenient locations so that access is easier.
• Discourage the shaking of hands. It may feel strange, but elbow bumps or no contact at all is becoming the norm.
• Keep 1—2 meters distance between yourself and anyone you are talking to.

Pre-Dispatch Procedures
Before getting dispatched to a jobsite, members will be asked: 1. Do you have a fever or are you experiencing any respiratory systems such as coughing, sore throat or shortness of breath; 2. Have you, or a member of your household, travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; 3. Have you, or a member of your household, been in contact with anyone infected with the COVID -19 Virus in the last 14 days? If the answer is yes, dispatch should be denied until 14 days after the member returned to Canada or was last in contact with an infected person.

Practice Self-Monitoring
To prevent transmission of the virus, the BC Centre for Disease Control asks people to “self-monitor their health and to apply a low threshold when feeling unwell to stay home until they are better.” If someone is showing symptoms, they should contact their doctor or another health authority about potentially getting tested for COVID-19. They can call 811 to speak to a registered nurse. Also, the BC Ministry of Health has released a COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

There is a hotline to provide non-medical information and help people decide if they should seek testing: 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319. It will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information is available in more than 110 languages.

Information about COVID-19 from the Federal Government
The Federal Government’s page about EI and COVID-19 is here. The website to apply for EI is here. Service Canada has also set up a toll-free number for those seeking EI for self-isolation: 1‑833-381-2725. Information about eligibility for regular EI is here. Information about medical EI is here.

We will continue to share updates as the situation develops.


13 March 2020
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 globally, the BCRCC is proactively trying to limit the spread of infection in the workplace. Our shared priority is the health, safety, and welfare of our members and signatory contractors.

Safety Precautions for Individuals
Although the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population, we must all remain vigilant in order to protect public health. Please view this poster for steps on how to protect yourself.

Health Canada recommends the following procedures to increase proper hygiene and reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food;
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

SYMPTOMS: The following are common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing

RISK: You are at a greater risk for COVID-19 If:

  • You have recently travelled to a COVID-19-impacted area
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • You have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19-impacted area

If you experience the symptoms above AND/OR you have a higher risk of developing COVID-19, please contact your health care provider. You can also call 811 to speak with a registered nurse.

Federal Government of Canada COVID-19 Outbreak Update Page
BC Centre for Disease Control Info Page
BC Centre for Disease Control News Page

Carpenters, Carpenter Apprentices, & Material Handlers Wanted in Victoria

BCRCC Local 1598 is seeking carpenters, carpenter apprentices, and material handlers to work on commercial projects in the Victoria area. Our collective agreement offers premium wage rates, a comprehensive benefit plan for you and your family, as well as a pension plan:

• Certified journeypeople earn: $34.00 / hr +8% holiday and vacation pay
• Employer-paid medical, dental, & pension contributions
• Training and apprenticeships provided
• Paid supervisor & career-advancement training
• Paid overtime

Victoria-based contractors signed to a Local 1598 collective agreement include: Aral Construction, Banyan Construction, Campbell Construction, Coast City Construction, Farmer Construction, Philco Construction, Lida Homes, TCF Contracting, Perma Construction, Pross Construction, Thomas and Birch Cabinetry, West Coast Custom Homes, & West Terra Construction.

To apply, please email Matt at mcarlow@bcrcc.ca or Jordan at jkersch@bcrcc.ca.

FB: www.facebook.com/BCRegionalCouncilofCarpenters/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carpentersbc
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Carpenters, Carpenter Apprentices, & Material Handlers Wanted in the Lower Mainland

BCRCC Local 1907 is seeking carpenters, carpenter apprentices, and material handlers to work on major projects in the lower mainland. Our collective agreement provides a competitive and comprehensive compensation package:

Contractor: EllisDon Forming
Project:  YVR Core/Parkade
Location: YVR Airport – 4711 Grant McConachie Way – Richmond
Local hires only
• Certified journeypersons earn: $34.47 / hr +8% holiday and vacation pay
• Current work schedule is 40+ hours per week
• 2-year project
• Employer-paid medical, dental, & pension contributions
• Training and apprenticeships provided

Please email Kristine or Jason at 1907info@bcrcc.ca to apply.

FB: www.facebook.com/BCRegionalCouncilofCarpenters/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carpentersbc
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carpentersbc/

BCRCC Wins in Carpentry, Scaffolding, and Floor Covering at National Contest

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, members representing B.C. and Yukon dominated at the National Apprenticeship Contest in Ottawa. Placing first in carpentry, scaffolding, and floor covering, respectively, were Local 2499’s Levon Lacoste, Local 1370’s Dave Hutchinson, and Local 1541’s Geoff Roberts.
We’re so proud to have these talented tradespeople representing the BC Regional Council of Carpenters – which includes B.C. and Yukon – and of course our contractors. Congratulations to each of you on your winning performances!
Thank you to all the contestants, organizers, and volunteers who made this event happen!

Local 1907 Annual Member & Family Picnic

Local 1907 held its annual members and family picnic at the Scandinavian Community center in Burnaby on Saturday, July 13. Members enjoyed family fun, BBQ, and – thanks to the generosity Local 1907’s sponsors – everyone got to take home a prize! Thank you to the volunteers who helped facilitate the picnic and ensure it ran smoothly. Over one hundred people came out. Thank you all for attending!

At the event, Brother Al Narcisse was made the recipient of this year’s Local 1907 Doug Urquhart Humanitarian Award. Al exemplifies the spirit of the award, showing dedication and commitment to mentoring and training the next generation of carpenters. Al has been very involved with, and is an excellent ambassador for, the Union on our First Nations training and employment initiatives.

Westminster Savings March & Rally

BCRCC representatives Kristine Byers and Jason Sarac joined the march and rally in support of the Westminster Savings Shaughnessy Station branch this past Friday. That branch, the credit union’s only unionized branch, is slated for closure this autumn. The reason for the closure is officially unrelated to the branch’s union status; however, employees of that branch have been on the picket line since January 22, 2019, “fighting for retirement security and against their employer’s attempts to deny access to the existing defined benefit pension plan for employees hired on or after July 1, 2018.” (Source: https://bit.ly/32fVPFB).

2019 Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest

The BC/Yukon Regional Council held its annual Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest in Victoria on June 22. All six contestants performed admirably. Thank you all for participating! This year’s contestants showed a lot of talent.

Representing both the province of British Columbia and Yukon territory at the National Carpentry Apprenticeship in Ottawa will be this year’s winner, Whitehorse’s Local 2499 member Levon Lacoste. Excellent work Levon!

Congratulations to Victoria’s Local 1598 members Andrew Poucher, who placed second, and Brad Shuparsky, who placed third.

It was a great day. Thank you to all the judges and volunteers. Thank you also to Farmer Construction for hosting the event.

Responding to Our Radio Ads?

Heard our radio ads looking for carpenters and scaffolders and want to respond? Here’s who to contact, by location:
For Kamloops: Derrek – Phone: 604.830.8772
For Metro Vancouver: Kristine or Jason – Phone: 604.524.6900
For Victoria: Jordan, Matt, or Tim – Phone: 250.383.8116

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