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).
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.
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
Local 1598 held it’s second quarterly meeting of 2019 on May 13, at which long-service awards were given to members whose years of continuous membership have reached significant milestones.
BCRCC members and representatives attended Day of Mourning ceremonies at varies locations throughout the province. These public memorials provide an opportunity to honour coworkers who lost their lives to workplace injury or disease and to renew our commitment to establish healthy and safe jobsites.
In 2018 there were 131 work-related deaths in B.C.: More than two work-related death claims were accepted by Worksafe BC each week. Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries with 34 work-related deaths last year.
Here are photos from ceremonies at the Vancouver International Airport, the Workers’ Memorial Stature in Prince George, and at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver.
In Vancouver, Harry Baines, Minister of Labour, addressed those in attendance with regards to confirming the NDP government’s commitment to make BC workplaces the safest in the country. Alec Dan provided the territory greeting from the Musqueam First Nation Band. Sadaf Abdul talked about how when she was just 14 years old when her father was fatally injured in 2010. The scaffolding he was working on started rolling, got caught on something on the floor, and tilted. Her father fell 40 feet, suffering a fatal head injury. Sadaf urged everyone to ask if the job they are going to do is safe, saying, “Don’t hesitate to say no if you don’t feel comfortable doing the job. Your life is so important, more important than the job that needs to get done. You are irreplaceable.”
Here is a fantastic article about Local 527 member Richard Dickenson’s Integrated Carpentry Tutorials IP (Red Seal) exam refresher course, which is 100% reimbursable for members that pass the IP exam. The article outlines his approach for how he gets people ready, including having the ITA application paperwork done before the course itself starts. Students that take Richard’s course have over a 90% success rate with the exam.
BCRCC and Yukon members, use this link to register for the Canadian Traveller Referral Program:
Registering for this program will put you on a list to work on major industrial projects across the country.
There are two requirements to register: 1. You must be a member in good standing. 2.You cannot presently be working for one of our signatory contractors.
After years of anticipation, LNG Canada has announced the go-ahead for the $40-billion LNG facility in Kitimat. It will be the biggest industrial project in BC’s history. As such, the BCRCC is excited about the announcement and the forthcoming opportunities for our members and our contractors.
In April of this year, LNG Canada selected the engineering joint venture of Fluor Corp, of Houston, Texas, and JGC Corp, based in Yokohama, Japan, as the prime contractor for the project. The joint venture won the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).
LNG Canada estimates that it will cost up to $40 billion to construct the terminal and complete the various infrastructures, including the $4.7-billion Coastal Gaslink pipeline from northeastern BC to Kitimat. The project will employ thousands of construction workers and take roughly five years to complete.
Here are some external links on the topic:
CBC – $40-Billion LNG Project in Northern BC Gets Go-ahead
CTV News – LNG Canada Project in B.C. Gets Shareholders’ OK
We hosted the 2018 National Apprenticeship Contest in Richmond, BC, on Saturday, August 18. The top apprentices from across Canada represented their respective provinces and competed to be recognized as the best in the country in each of the following trades: carpentry, scaffolding, drywall, and floor covering. Two of the Contest winners were BCRCC members! Local 1598’s Tyson Munro won in carpentry (marking back-to-back wins for BC in carpentry). And Local 1541’s Quinton Leeson won in floor covering. Excellent work! Here are some contest photos.
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.