This web site provides news and commentary on the progress or negotiations in British Columbia’s construction industry and other issues of relevance to the unionized construction sector, from the point of view of the 35,000 members of the 14 construction trade unions in BC.
Bargaining Council members
The Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions (BCBCBTU) includes the following trades.
Heat & Frost Insulators
Painters & Allied Trades
Sheet Metal Workers
President of the Bargaining Council is Adam Van Steinburg, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 213, and the Secretary Treasurer is Geoff Higginson, interim President of BC Bricklayers Local 2.
Apr. 8, 2015
Members of the 16 trade unions in BC’s construction sector have now completed voting to ratify an extension to their collective agreement, which will bring continued labour peace to the construction industry across the province.
Mar. 10, 2015
BC’s building trade unions have negotiated an extension to their collective agreements which will bring continued labour peace to the construction industry across the province.
Aug. 1, 2014
Unions set to ratify an extension to the collective bargaining standard agreement
BC’s construct ion trade unions are preparing to ratify an extension to the Standard Agreement to April 30, 2016. [click for more]
July 15, 2014
Construction unions support centre for burn victims and their families
BC’s construction trade unions have donated a total of $17,413 to help fund the completion of a special new facility in Vancouver which can accommodate burn victims and their families during the long and hard recuperation process or during follow-up treatment. [click for more]
Jan. 5, 2014
Building Trades conclude new collective agreements
BC’s construction industry building trades unions have ratified new collective agreements with Construction Labour Relations Association which represents the contractors in the unionized construction industry.
A majority of the unions representing a majority of the members ratified the agreements in November, 2013. The overall Memorandum of agreement and individual collective agreements cover the period from May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2014.
October 15, 2012
Bargaining Council of BC Building Trade Unions
We represent the views of the 15 Unions representing B.C.’s 35,000 craft construction workers, including a number which play a unique role in BC’s mining industry. These unions include underground miners and support workers in the Labourers Union, Operating Engineers, Teamsters, Electricians, Bricklayers, Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers, Insulators, Cement Masons, Culinary Workers, Plumbers, Painters, Boilermakers and Carpenters. [click for more]
August 20, 2008
Union construction sector develops first-ever Drug and Alcohol Policy for construction worksites
BC’s construction unions and their employers have developed a groundbreaking substance abuse testing and treatment policy which will continue to enhance safety for union workers on the job and provide treatment and rehabilitation services for workers with substance abuse problems... [click for more]
June 28, 2006
Building Trades Unions reach unprecedented agreement in bargaining with construction industry
BC’s Building Trades Unions have reached tentative collective agreements with Construction Labour Relations Association which will produce labour stability and cost certainty through the end of the Olympics in 2010... [click for more]
The context of Building Trades bargaining in BC
Bargaining in BC’s construction industry occurs between two organizations; Construction Labour Relations Association which represents the construction contractors who have signed collective agreements, and the Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions representing the 14 construction craft unions.... [click for more]