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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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Local 1598 will be holding its annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10th, 2017, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Trafalgar-Pro Pats Legion Hall, 411 Gorge Road East.

Entertainment, a visit from Santa bearing gifts, food, and refreshments are provided.

To register, please call the Local 1598 office at:  250-383-8116

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UBC Member Training Notification

UBC members may opt in to receive e-mail notifications regarding training, qualifications, and certifications.  Members who opt in for training notifications will receive an e-mail 60 days prior to a qualification/certification expiration date and on the date a qualification/certification expires.

Please click on the link for more information.


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August 24-27, 2017 – The 2017 National Apprenticeship Contest was held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Congratulations go out to, Brother Aaron Elsas, Local 1598, 1st place winner for the carpenters, Brother Morgan Bull, Local 1907, 1st place winner for the scaffolders, and to Brother Jeremy Welch, Local 1541, 2nd place winner for the floorlayers.



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The BC Regional Council of Carpenters and Local 1598 is proud to sponsor Matt Flis at the Stones For BC strongman contest.  This years contest is being held at Fuel Victoria, 3388 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, on Saturday, September 2, 2017.  The contest starts at 12:00pm.  Come out and show your support for Matt and your Local membership.

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Helping Those Affected by BC Wildfires

The current wildfire situation in BC has had devastating effects on so many communities in UBC Local 1370’s geographical area.  Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and communities leaving behind their possessions and livestock.  The direct impact on their livelihoods, families and communities is devastating.

The efforts, courage and commitment by firefighters and emergency responders has been tremendous.  Many resource and construction workers whose jobs have been impacted by the wildfires are volunteering with fire suppression efforts.  Many more are delivering emergency services and providing comfort and shelter to evacuees.

The Red Cross is providing much needed assistance to all those affected in Local 1370’s area and have made a special BC forest fire appeal for donations.  Donations can be made online by going to


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2017 Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest

The 2017 BC Regional Council Apprenticeship Contest was held on Saturday June 17 at Farmer Construction’s yard in Victoria. Congratulations go to 1st place winner Aaron Elsas (Farmer), 2nd place winner Craig Vienneau (Campbell), and 3rd place winner Martin Young (Farmer). Aaron will be representing British Columbia in the National Contest held this year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from August 24-27, 2017. We wish Aaron the best of luck at the Nationals, and also wanted to thank Local 1598’s Executive and those who volunteered to make this year’s contest a huge success!  click here to see more pictures.

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The BC Regional Council of Carpenters Honours 70-Year Member

The British Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1598 was honored to present a 70-year long service pin and whale plaque to member Colin Menzies at our Quarterly Union Meeting on May 15, 2017.  Colin became a member of the Carpenters’ Union in 1947 and witnessed many changes within our industry over the course of his career.

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