W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Recipient – Liam Blakely -June 27, 2019
W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Recipient – Matthew Welsh-June 27, 2019
Local 1611 had the honour of presenting Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, with a LiUNA gold watch and artwork painted by retiree member Robert Rowley. – June 27, 2019
Retiree Sebastian Pinto was presented his 50 year gold card and watch – June 27, 2019
Final general membership meeting before summer break – See you in September

Local 1611 is looking for qualified drillers and blasters/powderman for camp accommodation work in Kitimat, BC. Camp rotation is 21 days in, 7 days out.

Must have valid ticket for powderman/blasting.

Return flights are paid for from anywhere in Canada.

Compensation Package includes: wages, medical/dental benefits and pension. Approximately $60/hour.

Send resumes to Danny Klein at

The BC Federation is Labour is calling on injured workers and their advocates to speak out and share their experience at a public hearings of the workers’ compensation review panel. Injured workers are strongly encouraged to attend a public hearing in their community or to complete an online survey. This is your time to speak out about your experiences with the compensation system, to highlight its unfairness, and to advocate for change.


To register for public hearings or complete a survey:

Upcoming Courses:

Survey Level 1

  • Aug 12-16           Monday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Kitimat)
  • Sept 9-13            Monday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Castlegar)

Survey Level 2

  • Sept 25-Nov16 Wednesday nights and Saturdays (Surrey)

Concrete Level 1

  • June 24-28         Monday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

TCP Requalification

  • June 8                 Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • July 13                      Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  •  Aug 10                     Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • Sept 14                     Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • Oct 26                        Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • Nov 23                      Saturday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

CCW Level One

  • Sept 30-Oct 25  Monday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

CCW Level Two

  • Oct 28-Nov 22   Monday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

Fall Protection and Ground Disturbance 2

  • June 17               Monday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • July 19                Friday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • Aug 12                 Monday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

Confined Space Entry/Gas Testing/Sparkwatch

  • Aug 10-11           Sat & Sun (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)
  • Sept 26-27          Thurs & Fri (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

Hoisting and Rigging

  • Aug 21-23           Wednesday-Friday (8:00-4:00) (Surrey)

Hoisting and Rigging/Fall Protection/Ground Disturbance 2/Aerial Lift/Telehandler

  • Aug 9-13             Friday-Wednesday (8:00-4:00) (Castlegar)
  • Sept 13-18          Friday-Wednesday (8:00-4:00) (Kitimat)

On behalf of the BC government and with the support of the BC Building Trades and CSWU Local 1611, Viewpoints Research is conducting focus group discussions in Vancouver, Kamloops and Revelstoke in May/June 2019 to explore the perceptions of those in (or interested in) the trades about upcoming government-led major construction projects in BC.

The discussions will include tradespeople at all levels, from apprentice to journey, and will be held in a conveniently located local hotel or office meeting room in each community.

If you would like to participate in this research, please email your first name & evening phone number to

Please note that due to eligibility requirements and individual availability, Viewpoints cannot guarantee that you will be contacted to participate in this research.  Participation is voluntary and anonymous.

We hope you will be interested in participating in this important research.

The government is poised to introduce legislation that will directly affect workers across B.C.: the revision of B.C.’s Labour Code and the Employment Standard Act.

  • We owe it to all B.C. workers to make sure they are safe and respected at work.
  • We must ensure that working conditions are fair.
  • We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve working life for everyone.
  • All jobs should be good jobs.
  • It’s time to change the law.

We are asking “call to action”. Click on this link where you will find the portal to email Government and Green Party MLAs a pre-set message urging them to change the law.


The new Community Building Standard is all about building it right This means ensuring major projects that are delivered across Canada are focused on three core principles – a commitment to safety and quality, investing in trades and apprenticeships, and leaving a positive community legacy.

The Community Building Standard has been initiated across Canada by: Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Canadian Piping Trades, Teamsters Canada, and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

A Commitment to Safety and Quality

Community Building Standard means ensuring all infrastructure projects are built to the highest environmental standards so that future generations feel a sense of pride knowing that they are protected from any risk. We do not want to put our natural environment at risk by employing unqualified, poorly trained workers to build critical infrastructure for our future generations.

Investing in Trades and Apprenticeships

The new Community Building Standard ensures that infrastructure projects put the public first and serve the needs of our communities with jobs and local benefits. This means public construction projects that use certified tradespeople, train apprentices, hire locally and bring indigenous people, youth and women into the construction workforce.

When local hiring and apprentice training is a priority, communities are stronger. Stable, family-supporting jobs and a diverse population of skilled workers trained in safe and environmentally responsible construction practices are always the best solution to meet the needs of industry and communities.

Leaving a Positive Community Legacy

The new Community Building Standard delivers ongoing benefits to each community where we live and work. Communities are stronger when they are able to participate directly in the economy and contribute to the well-being of their local suppliers and services. We will work with community service groups, teams, associations and individuals to ensure our work delivers a legacy that makes a long-term difference to each community where we have a presence.

For further information regarding this very important initiative CLICK HERE


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