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.


With the fentanyl crisis showing no signs of slowing down, and with the construction sector notoriously plagued with addiction and mental health issues, we want our members to know there are options available.

The Construction Industry Rehab Plan’, is a benefit available to LiUNA Local 1611 members and their families. The plan is available at no additional cost, for anyone who is struggling with issues around Mental Health and/or Addiction. Although the plan is provided to you as part of your benefits, it operates as an independent organization to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.

In 2016 the plan underwent an extensive redesign and expansion, bringing the treatment program up-to-date, grounded in solid scientific and evidence based practices. All clinical staff are trained mental health and addiction specialists with a minimum of a Masters Degree, with backgrounds in Psychology and Social Work. They provide CONFIDENTIAL and specialized services in:

Trauma counselling
Mental health screening
Mental health assessments
Mental health coaching
Skype counselling for those ‘out of area’
Relapse prevention
Family counselling
Psychoeducational workshops
Training for staff within the industry
Referrals to residential treatment programs

If you or a loved one are struggling…
CALL 604 521-8611 /toll free 1 888-521-8611.

For further information on the C.I.R.P. check out


bc federation of labour, English, language course

The BC Federation of Labour is hosting an English as an Additional Language course starting April 11, 2019. The goal of this free 12-week program is to educate participants about workplace health and safety using an ESL curriculum model. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about workers’ rights in health and safety topics such as workplace violence, preventing back injuries, workplace chemicals (WHMIS) and identification of hazards. *Participants will receive a full refund of the $50 deposit if they have attended at least half of the classes.

To register for this course go to:


The Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union, Local 1611 is committed to providing education financial assistance to our membership and their families, including the Roland B. Gordon Scholarship which is awarded every year. Local 1611 provides yearly Education Awards to assist eligible students in furthering their post-secondary education, trade or apprenticeship.

The Roland B. Gordon Memorial Scholarship was first offered in 1982. The Executive Board of the Construction and General Workers’ Union Local No. 602 established the scholarship fund upon the acceptance and wishes of the membership.

In addition, upon amalgamation in 1997, Local 1070’s Larry W. Pleasant’s Scholarship was incorporated into this fund.


*Application must be completed and received by August 30, 2019.WANT FURTHER DETAILS?

Contact the LUC Commitee at 1-250-382-1511

It takes the collaboration of a community to raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children. Raising a family can be costly, sometimes a family’s financial situation can make providing essentials difficult and providing additional extra-curricular activities impossible. The LiUNA Local 1611 “Empowering Youth Project” was launched in 2018 to address these issues. Our initiatives are aimed to identify areas within a community needing assistance and look at how LiUNA Local 1611 can ease the burden and ensure that all children are being afforded the opportunities to develop, learn and thrive.


Years of budget cuts to public school funding have left classrooms without new and up-to-date reading material. As part of our Empowering Youth Project, LiUNA Local 1611 has donated thousands of dollars in ‘wish list’ literature to numerous schools throughout British Columbia. Hundreds of the latest and most desired book titles around the Province as part of our initiative.

Does your community need a helping hand? Call Membership Services at 604 538-6992 or CLICK HERE to email.


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