$40-billion LNG Project Moving Ahead

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By Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director, BC Building Trades:

The BC Building Trades welcomes LNG Canada’s final investment decision on the $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., and congratulates the NDP provincial government on ushering in the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

This project is a boon for the sector, and will provide thousands of construction jobs when it gets under way.

We represent 40,000 highly skilled unionized construction workers and are part of a network of 400,000 members across Canada. We are committed, prepared and eager to work on this project.

The BC Building Trades was appointed to the Premier’s LNG Working Group in 2013 and has been doubling down on our efforts to ensure our province has the skilled workers the industry requires, and that British Columbians have the skills to be first in line for the jobs on LNG projects. This investment signals a commitment to local workers and apprentices.

Some of the ways our members have prepared for LNG:

  • Heat and Frost Insulators: expertise in cryogenic insulation application
  • Bricklayers: expanded industrial certification training; using infrastructure fund to train members in gunite, hydro mobile scaffold, forklifts and other elevated work platforms
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: prioritizing training in automation and control of local infrastructure in preparation for workforce demand created by LNG
  • Sheet Metal Workers: working with the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre to deliver lagging training (lagging is the protective covering over insulation)
  • UA Piping Industry College: training workers for low transformation temperature welding
  • Other: we have recruitment strategies targeting Indigenous populations, women, veterans and other underrepresented groups

In addition, we have more than $50 million in assets across our many union training programs. This includes land, facilities and equipment.

We enroll more than 7,000 apprentices and trainees and spend more than $18 million annually on training and apprenticeship programs.

We recognize that LNG industry will require workers who are uniquely skilled and may not be available in B.C. or the rest of Canada, justifying the hiring of temporary foreign workers. We expect that these workers can help train B.C. workers while they are here so that we can ultimately fill that skills gap.

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Labour Day at the Fair at the PNE

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IUPAT DC38 is excited to invite you to Labour Day 2018 at the Fair at the PNE, brought to you in partnership with the Vancouver District Labour Council, BC Federation of Labour, New Westminster District Labour Council, and other sponsoring unions.

Free Admission
DC38 has secured a limited block of wristbands for members and their families to gain entry to the PNE, free of Charge, on Monday, September 3rd.

To get free entry, you must:
1. Register with us
2. Pick up your wristband between 9 and 10am on event day.

All wristbands must be picked up before the rally on event day.

Click here to register for a wristband. Note: children aged 13 years and under get in free and do not require a wristband.

Get your Wristband
Arrive at the Pacific Coliseum (map) between 9:00 and 10:00am on Monday, September 3rd, to get your wristband.

Free wristbands will not be given out after 10:00am. If you are unable to pick up the wristband during the allotted time you will need to purchase admission from the gate at full price ($18).

• If you are not able register for a free wristband or pick one up between 9 and 10am on the day of the event, you can purchase discounted admission (details below).
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. See below for details on discounted ride passes.

What’s Happening?

Labour Rally
Come kick the day off, from 10am to 11am, with a Union Labour Rally inside the Pacific Coliseum. Speakers will include labour leaders and local politicians. The Coliseum will only be open to members and guests of the sponsoring Unions.

There will be entertainment for children, and a chance to get to know your fellow union Brothers and Sisters from across the province.

At 11am the front doors of the coliseum will open to the fair grounds for us to enjoy the rest of the day at the PNE.

Private Picnic Area
In addition to the Rally at the Coliseum, and free admission to the PNE, members with wristbands will get access to a private picnic area that’s been set aside just for us.

The Fair at the PNE
SuperDogs, ToonCity, Horse Jumping, Mini Doughnuts, Rides, The Market Place, Cyndi Lauper, and so much more. Click here to view the daily schedule.

Wristbands will be required to gain access to the rally, PNE, private picnic area, and community-partner booth zone.

Discounted Admission
If you don’t think you can make it to the rally, but still want to attend the Fair on Labour Day, you can purchase discounted Admission passes (Save $6).

Discounted Ride Passes
Discounted ride passes are available to DC38 members and their guests.
Regular ride passes have been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and junior ride passes has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00).

Discounted admission and ride passes are valid on Monday, September 3rd only and can be purchased by clicking here.

Date: Monday, September 3rd
Location: Pacific Coliseum (at the PNE), 100 North Renfrew Street (map)
Wristband Pickup: Between 9 and 10am
Labour Day Rally: Between 10 and 11am
Park Opens: 11am

As a reminder:
• You must arrive before the Rally to get your free wristband; if you are not on time, you will need to purchase admission at a Fair gate.
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. Discounted ride passes are available: a regular ride pass has been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and a junior ride pass has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00)
• Taking transit or cycling to the event is encouraged; parking at the PNE is $20 for the day

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcomes Familiar Faces in Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle

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July 23, 2018 – (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is looking forward to working with the new Ministers, following Justin Trudeau’s latest Cabinet shuffle.

CBTU is pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau kept familiar faces within areas that are important to the Building Trades Unions.  “We have been big advocates for pipeline construction, protection of Canadian jobs within negotiated trade agreements, community benefits and project labour agreements with public infrastructure projects.  So, to have familiar faces in these ministries are welcomed,” says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.  “Minister Sohi, Minister Champagne, and Minister Carr have been tremendous supporters of our causes within the Trudeau Government and we are looking forward to moving files collaboratively in their new respective department,” says Blakely.

CBTU is extremely pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has kept Minister Patty Hadju in the portfolio of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.  “Minister Hadju has been a champion for organized labour and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue building our relationship with her in this ministry,” says Blakely.

“We have made positive strides on many important files on behalf of our 500,000 members from across the country and we are confident that we will continue the momentum with the recent Ministerial changes,” concludes Blakely.

Service for Don Paton This Weekend

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A celebration of life will be held this weekend in memory of our friend and brother, Don Paton.

On Sunday July 29th. from 1:00 to 5:00 pm please join with us in remembering this very special man.

The event will be held at the Operating Engineers Union Hall located at 4333 Ledger Avenue in Burnaby.

We look forward to seeing you there as we look back on a life well lived.

Whitecaps Union Night 2018

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District Council 38, along with other Unions affiliated with the BC Federation of Labour, has taken advantage of a special offer by the Vancouver Whitecaps to allow Union members to attend their September 01 match versus the San Jose Earthquakes for a reduced price. Tickets that were normally priced at $36.00 are available to our members for $27.00. Please see the attached poster with regard to this offer. DC 38 intends to purchase a limited number of thickets for this match. If you or your family are interested in this special promotion, please contact Paddy Byrne at 604-580-3112 and be sure to mention that your are interested in purchasing tickets for this match.


70 Year Member, Bill Hunt, Receives His Pin

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At this year’s annual retirees recognition celebration two things were missing. First, Paddy Byrne, the Director of Training of the FTI, who normally serves as the Master of Ceremonies at the pin presentations, was away in Greece celebrating his wife’s 60th birthday. Second and more importantly, William (Bill) Hunt, our longest serving, continuous member of our Council, was unable to attend due to health issues.

Today both Bill and Paddy were able to get together along with Business Manager, David Holmes, to recognize an important milestone in our union’s history. Bill, at the fine old age of 98, was presented with his pin recognizing his over 70 years of continuous membership in our union. This is an amazing accomplishment and marks the first time ever our Council has handed out a 70 year pin.

Bill was very appreciative of the fact that Dave and Paddy took the time to travel out to Abbottsford in order to present Bill with his pin personally. However, Bill’s biggest smile of the day came when Paddy presented him with a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Paddy told Bill that he and Dave are looking forward to presenting Bill with his 71 year pin next year along with another bottle of wine, which of course elicited another big smile from Bill.

Congratulations again Bill from all of the Members of IUPAT DC 38.

Long Time Rep and DC 38 Santa in Poor Health

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(UPDATE)    Sadly, it is with our deepest regrets that we must inform you that our beloved friend and brother, Don Paton, has now passed away. We were informed this week by his daughter Laura, that Don succumbed to his illness on Monday evening. A memorial service is being planned for Don, sometime around the end of July. We will keep you posted as to the details once we receive them. Our sincerest condolences go out to Don’s entire family.

   We regret to inform you that long time Member of DC 38 and former Business Representative for Glazier’s Local 1527, Don Paton, is in failing health. Don, known to most of our members as “Santa Claus” at the annual DC 38 Children’s Christmas Party, is currently battling cancer and by all accounts, our beloved brother has very little time left with us.

Director of Training Paddy Byrne and Drywall Finishing Instructor, Kelvin Campbell, paid Don a visit at Abbottsford hospital yesterday in an effort to pick up Don’s spirits and to let him know his brothers and sisters at DC 38 have him at the forefront of our minds right now. The sad story here is that Don only recently lost his wife Patricia, who was our “Mrs. Claus” to this same terrible disease. Don was so consumed with looking after the love of his life in her final days that he never let anyone know the pain that he was suffering from and the extent to which the cancer in him was progressing.

Don is currently in room 3036 at Abbottsford Hospital, however there are plans to move Don into hospice as soon as possible.  Don would welcome anyone who would like to pay him a visit but please check with the union hall first as to the status of Don’s situation.

We wish Don and his family all the best in this time of sorrow and wish to express our love and gratitude for everything Don has done in the service of our union.

Speaking with Don yesterday, he told us that his fondest memories will always be of the union Christmas parties and the joy both he and his wife Patricia shared in spending time with all of the children and their parents. Don’s only regret was that Christmas wasn’t 365 days of the year.