JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER

The work picture for 2014 looks bright for members of the BC Regional Council of Carpenters.

Brothers and Sisters:

Currently, we have approximately 400 carpenters and scaffolders employed on the Rio Tinto Kitimat Modernization Project working for DL Baker, Bantrel, HBBC Construction (formerly Comstock), Campton and Steeplejack.  A new 20/8 shift schedule will be put into effect commencing January 6, 2014 replacing the existing 41/7 schedule. The project is scheduled to be complete in late 2014.

There are numerous proposals for LNG plants to be built in Kitimat and Prince Rupert.  These projects are still several years away to start, however, if only several of these projects proceed, we expect our members will be busy for many years to come.

In the Lower Mainland, BCRCC members are employed on the Evergreen Line stations. We will see an increase in members employed by FWS Western on the seven silo – Richardson Grain Terminal expansion as the year progresses.

Work in Victoria has slowed as a number of projects have been completed and the City Centre project in Colwood has been stalled, however there are other projects in the planning stages and work should pick up mid-year.

The John Hart dam expansion will start in the new year.  This will be welcome work for our up-island members as well as BCRCC members from Victoria and elsewhere in the province.  This project will also help fill the gap until the LNG plant construction gets underway.

The Brotherhood has introduced the UBC Personal Training Verification Card. Members should have received their cards several months ago. The card’s key feature is a QR code that can be scanned by any smart-phone.  The personal QR code links to online records of members current training, certifications, and qualifications and show when the training was received and when it expires.  This helps the Union and members maintain their safety certifications. Members can drop by any of our offices to have a photo taken and a new card will be issued with their photo on it.

We encourage members to take responsibility for their safety training and not let their certifications expire by contacting their local to arrange for training.

Fraternally yours,

Wayne Cox
Executive Secretary Treasurer

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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

WORK ACTIVITY TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

Brothers and Sisters:

Despite all the economic news of about European debt problems and the polarized politics south of our border, Canada continues to climb out of the global recession.

In British Columbia major industrial projects are being planned to a level not seen in decades. This is happening at a time when experienced and qualified baby boomers are beginning to retire.

Not every project announced will be approved or determined viable, but if only a fraction of the projects proceed, B.C.’s construction industry will be very busy for the foreseeable future.

This is great news to members of the B.C. Regional Council of Carpenters.

The BCRCC and our members need to prepare for the opportunities that are just around the corner. Our Union is doing that by continuing to focus on training.

For example, we are not just waiting until we get a call to dispatch a member, we are training members in fall arrest and other safety and trade related courses now to ensure our members have the credentials they need to access the jobs when the call comes.

The BCRCC continues to work with contractors seeking a qualified and productive work force. Together with the B.C. Coalition of Building Trades Unions successful Project Labour Agreements such as Rio Tinto’s Kitimat Modernization Project are now providing work for BCRCC members. The PLA with BFI Constructors for the Mt. Milligan mine in Fort St. James peaked with 120 carpenters and still is employing many members.

The BCRCC has made much progress in the scaffold sector. Our UBC scaffold journeyperson certification and our scaffold apprenticeship training have clearly made us the B.C. Scaffolders union. Our 40,000 square foot Training Center on Annacis Island is being utilized beyond expectations.

Our work is not complete, in fact it has just started and members of the B.C. Regional Council of Carpenters can look forward to an improving and prosperous future.

Fraternally yours,

Wayne Cox
Executive Secretary Treasurer

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