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Community Benefits Agreements needed to fix 16 years of mishandling apprenticeships and training

August 13, 2018

Much has been written recently about whether British Columbia’s new Community Benefits Agreements process for major public construction projects are a good thing.

Read the Op/Ed in the Vancouver Sun here.


Government’s union deal misrepresented

August 13, 2018

ICBA’s President Chris Gardner claims the Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) forces unionization on “85 per cent of construction workers”. He has come to this number by taking two distinct labour pools (residential and non-residential construction workers) and mixing them together to skew the data, even though the CBA will only cover non-residential construction projects. In fact, there are 69,000 non-residential construction workers in British Columbia and the B.C. Building Trades represents over 40,000 members — more than 58 per cent of the non-residential sector.

Read the Letter to the Editor in the Vancouver Sun here.


Busting myths about the Community Benefits Agreement

August 7, 2018

As president of the Allied Infrastructure and Related Construction Council of B.C., which is the formal body tasked with administering the new Community Benefits Agreement for members of all the affiliated unions, I feel like my title is more fittingly “myth buster,” because that’s what I’ve spent most of my time doing: busting myths, lies, half-truths and general politically motivated fabrications.

Read the Op/Ed in the Vancouver Sun here.


Community benefits deal keeps workers safer

August 2, 2018

Letter writer Roger Reimer tries to link the 1958 collapse of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge to the fact that it was built by union workers. He also implies that the new Community Benefits Agreement requirement that construction workers on projects such as the new Pattullo bridge be covered by union collective-agreements contracts, and provide for diversity, will somehow make such projects unsafe.

Read the Letter to the Editor in the Vancouver Province here.

Community Benefits Agreements in place since 1964

July 31, 2018

The editorial was woefully misinformed. Community Benefits Agreements are not new and will not force any contractor to become unionized.

Read the Letter to the Editor in the Victoria Times Colonist here.


Building Trades shares ‘truth’ on Community Benefits Agreements

July 26, 2018

Industry Voices

Read the complete Journal of Commerce column here.


New construction framework is great news for local workers

July 17, 2018

B.C. will benefit from public infrastructure projects like bridges and highways in innumerable ways, thanks to the new construction model unveiled by the provincial government today.

Read the BC Building Trades media release here.


B.C. taxpayers deserve more than just the public project on the blueprint

May 17, 2018

Community Benefits Agreements can literally change the economic landscape for the better by gifting communities with a legacy of skills, training, employability and local investment.

Read the Huffington Post blog here.


Concert supports Community Benefits Coalition of BC

May 15, 2018

Concert is proud to support the Community Benefits Coalition of BC, which has been established to advocate for Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on publicly-funded infrastructure projects.

Read Concert Properties’ blog here.


There is ‘real evidence’ that projects built without CBAs can cost taxpayers dearly

April 26, 2018

Public infrastructure projects can and should provide community benefits that include opportunities for qualified local residence, apprentices, Indigenous workers and women in trades to help build and invest in their own communities.

Read the complete Journal of Commerce Letter to the Editor here.


Building Trades executive director says B.C. needs more apprentices on major projects

April 18, 2018

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The value of having more apprentices working on large-scale construction projects were the main topics of a speech by BC Buildings Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.

Read the complete EnergeticCity.ca article here.


B.C’s future is built on the trades

April 14, 2018

Wanted: Skilled tradespeople. Must enjoy great wages, rewarding work, and a bright future.

As employment ads go, does this sound too good to be true? It’s actually not.

April is Construction and Skilled Trades Month in B.C., which is a perfect time to raise awareness about the opportunities in the skilled trades.

Read the complete BC Local News Letter to the Editor here.


Community benefits should be embedded in public projects

March 25, 2018

What if public infrastructure projects built in B.C. came with more than just the bridge, tunnel, dam or highway listed on the construction blueprint?

What if they came with significant benefits to your community?

In a progressive society, public infrastructure projects should provide job opportunities for qualified local workers, apprentices, women in the trades and Indigenous workers.

And, in fact, this has been a common practice — embedding community benefits in public infrastructure projects — in cities throughout North America for almost 20 years. Cities like Los Angeles and Portland have found that the fair wages earned by workers are reinvested in local communities, and workers benefit from a legacy of experience, skills training and employability.

Read the complete Vancouver Sun article here.