Unions set to ratify an extension to the collective bargaining standard agreement

Aug. 1, 2014

BC’s construct ion trade unions are preparing to ratify an extension to the Standard  Agreement to April 30, 2016.

The current agreement with Construction Labour relations, which represents employers in the construction industry, was ratified in the fall of 2013 after complicated and protracted negotiations. It expired on April 30, of this year.

The extension includes increases in hourly wages as negotiated by the individual trade unions.

“This is a very positive development for the unions in the construction industry,” said Mark Olsen, chair of the Bargaining Council.  “We are looking at an unprecedented work picture for the industry as major projects including Liquified Natural Gas plants and possible power dams, mines and pipelines fuel an already-vibrant construction industry in northern British Columbia.

“This extension, once ratified, will give us the stability we need in the industry to bring more of those projects on line with good, family-supporting unions jobs.  Our developers and contractors need the cost certainly and stability in the workforce to move forward with these massive projects.”

Each trade union will be organizing a ratification vote among its members in the fall.