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LONG ROAD OF UNION QUALITY WORK AHEAD OF US!

On Monday, July 16, 2018, the B.C. Government announced the launch of the Community Benefits Agreement for public-sector infrastructure projects. This new model will prove to ensure the interests of workers are protected across the Province.

How does this benefit British Columbian workers?

  • The model prioritizes job and training opportunities for Indigenous workers, local residents, women in trades, apprentices and people with disabilities.
  • Ensures workers receive union wages and benefits for the duration of a given project.
  • Closes the door on temporary foreign workers in cases where local, B.C. or Canadian workers could do the job first.
  • Priority hiring will be given to qualified individuals who live within close proximity of the projects.
  • B.C.’s new CBA framework includes a target apprenticeship ratio of 25 per cent.
  • Attention and consideration of workplace safety.

British Columbians rightfully expect B.C. projects to benefit B.C. workers, families and communities. Our new Community Benefits Agreement will help deliver those benefits,” said Premier John Horgan. “With this agreement, we’re not just investing in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, we’re investing in good jobs and new opportunities for people who live in B.C. And with our focus on expanding apprenticeships for young British Columbians, we’re helping build B.C.’s next generation of construction workers.

Premier John Horgan also announced that the Province has launched BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc. – a new Crown Corporation that will oversee public construction projects in B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena was named as the minister responsible for BCIB.

The first projects to be delivered under the new community benefits framework are the new Pattullo Bridge and the four-laning projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta.

Pictured below: (left to right) Manuel Alvernaz, Local 1611 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer with Premier John Horgan (centre) and Brian Cochran, Operating Engineers Local 115 Business Manager at the Community Benefits Agreement news conference.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE… WE CAN HELP!

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 constructionrehabplan.com

 

The Red Seal is an inter-provincial ticket recognized across Canada. The program covers a broad scope of knowledge which Labourers traditionally perform in the field. The scope is comprised of 17% Occupational Skills, 17% Site Work, 14% Scaffolding and Access Equipment, 20% Concrete Work, 10% Masonry Work, 12% Utilities and Pipeline, and 10% Roadwork.
Challenge the Red Seal Exam

The requirements that must be met in order to apply to Challenge the Red Seal exam are a minimum of 6,000 field hours performing work within the scope of the Construction Craft Worker (CCW) as above. An employer can sign off on the work an individual has performed while under their employ on an Industry Training Authority (ITA) Employer Declaration Form. This form also requires the dates of employment and the hours worked. A minimum of 70% of the CCW scope is required along with the minimum of 6,000 field hours for an applicant to be successful. There is a $120 application fee which currently the Union will cover on behalf of our Members in good standing for those who qualify to challenge the Red Seal exam. There are 100 questions on the multiple choice Red Seal exam and a minimum of 70% is required in order to pass. Any fees attached to “rewrites” will be the responsibility of the individual. There are 8 colleges including the CSWTS that are provisional designated training facilities in BC. We are the ONLY training facility that provides a 4 day Upgrade program with exam. Attendance of this Upgrade program increases a successful outcome of the exam dramatically!
Red Seal Apprenticeships

For those with less hours of field experience there are two levels of Apprenticeship programs with a 4 week technical training (Monday to Friday) in each level. The course is comprised of both classroom and practical hands on training covering every scope of the CCW. There is an exam at the end of the program and a 70% overall grade is required to pass. The exam written at the end of Level Two Technical Training is the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. Apprentices are given time and a half credit for Technical Training. Therefore, one can achieve journeyman status with recommendation at 4,000 hours. Keep in mind Apprentices must also have field experience of 70% of the Construction Craft Worker scope. Apprentices are required to have Employer Declaration forms completed by the employer to verify that the 70% CCW scope has been fulfilled.

The Construction & Specialized Workers Training Society (CSWTS) is the Sponsor for all Apprentices of Local 1611 members that are in good standing. At this time, a person who has over 2,000 hours cannot challenge the Level One Apprenticeship exam and accelerate into Level Two. Both Level One and Two Technical Training must be completed.

Another option available for a person who is registered as a Level One Apprentice is to withdraw from the Apprenticeship and apply to challenge the Red Seal once they’ve achieved 6,000 CCW work related field hours and are confident an employer can verify the required scope of knowledge on the Employer Declaration Form.
Procedure

The paperwork submitted to the ITA to register an apprenticeship can take up to 10 business days for the ITA to process and the Red Seal Challenge applications can take approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Once an apprentice is registered they are required to take Technical Training within a year or their registration becomes dormant and they must re-register. A successful Red Seal Challenge applicant must also write the exam within a year from application or the process must be repeated and the fee attached will be the responsibility of that individual.

There are also apprenticeship incentive and completion grants available. More information is available on the Service Canada website. The training in the Apprenticeship levels is a benefit to both employers and our members. The Red Seal gives recognition to our trade and has been a long time in the making.

We encourage all of our members to participate and register with us for Apprenticeship programs or Upgrade programs for the Red Seal Certification.

We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. There is additional information available online at www.itabc.ca under the Construction Craft Worker tab.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?… Call us! 604-538-5101 or 1-800-661-3001 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

BUILD TOGETHER…

The ‘Build Together’ Women of the Building Trades is a national Canadian Building Trades Union program that promotes, supports and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.

In Canada, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. However, with programs such as Build Together, we are hoping that the female representation in the Trades will start to increase. Unfortunately, this number has remained stagnant for several years. But now is the time to change!

The Build Together campaign attributes the low presence of females in the construction industry a result of “A generational ‘passing of of the torch’ from father to son, creating an insular recruiting system.” With marketing being created to geared to recruit men. However… The Build Together Program is changing that!

The BuildTogetHER BC team held their annual general meeting in February and developed a year-long work plan aimed at advancing women in trades in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. Visit the news section for more.

A SKILLS GAP IS COMING—AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS!

Studies and industry reports show that a large population of skilled trade workers are gearing up for retirement. An estimated 300,000 new workers will need to be recruited from outside the construction industry over the next ten years to compensate for this gap.

 

*Content resource http://buildtogether.ca/

 

ABOUT EFAP

This Program is available to ALL Local 1611 members and their family.

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is an off-site, confidential, voluntary, short-term counselling service. It has an Advisory Committee comprised of equal healthcare union and management representatives who provide guidance and support around the administration of the program, and ensure that standards of quality and confidentiality are met.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

COUNSELLING, FINANCIAL & LEGAL SERVICES
EFAP provides assessment, short-term counselling, referral, case management, and follow-up services, which also include the following;

WELLNESS SERVICES
Assistance to strategize ways to achieve work and life balance and provides the tools necessary to resolve personal and work-related concerns. With client consent, EFMP guide members to coordinate services, support return to work, and facilitate resources with doctors, insurance companies, disability management programs, labour relations, and/or human resources (HR) by providing supportive emotional coaching.

EMOTIONAL COACHING
For those who feel they do not require counselling services, EFAP offers goal based one-to-one supportive coaching to manage personal and workplace issues.
We will always maintain a neutral position throughout the process. Staff may confidentially engage our emotional coaching through referrals that may have been initiated or encouraged by their manager, supervisor, union steward, or HR department. We also provide support to leaders who are working through difficult situations.

PARENT COACHING
The Parent Coach provides tools to improve parenting skills and effective strategies to help manage challenging situations with children of all ages. Benefits include reduced parent stress, improved parent-child relationships, and increased awareness of appropriate community resources.

HEALTH COACHING
Certified health coaches motivate and empower individuals to embrace a holistic wellness philosophy, utilizing registered dietitians, fitness and life coaches, meditation, yoga, and mindfulness based stress reduction tactics. Benefits can include weight loss, increased energy and improved self-confidence.

ELDERCARE COACHING
This service provides support and guidance to assist individuals in managing the challenges that arise from caring for an aging parent. Services include assessment and care planning, education to help understand the progression of diseases that can occur during the aging process, and support to help individuals cope with feelings of grief, loss, and guilt.

CLICK HERE for more information on the services EFAP offers.

Contact EFAP by phone: 604-872-4929 or toll-free: 1-800-505-4929
CLICK HERE to email help@efap.ca

BUILDING IT RIGHT…

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

COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE
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.

EDUCATION…
HOW LIUNA IS PROMOTING LITERACY IN SCHOOLS?

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.

 

IT IS TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT!

Every year, over 3,500 Canadians die by suicide and it is reported by the World Health Organization (2014 report), that over 800,000 people a year commit suicide globally, and is reported as the second leading cause of death among 15 – 44 year olds.

WHO DOES IT AFFECT?

Studies show that up to 90% of people who take their own lives have depression, substance use problems or another mental illness—whether diagnosed or not—at the time of their suicide.

In British Columbia, the average age of individuals who die by suicide is 47. In Canada, there are three male suicides for every female death by suicide. However, women are more likely than men to attempt to take their own life.

Most individuals who attempt suicide are doing so in an attempt to escape pain, turmoil, or mental anguish and do not necessarily want to die. Often, individuals with undiagnosed mental issues including depression have gone undiagnosed which can lead to suicidal attempts.

Suicide rates are increasing every year, 60% in that last 45 years. With no biases, there are over 500 suicides in Canada per year. These statistics, alarming, are even more so, since it is estimated that there are approximately 20 times more attempted suicides.

 Often individuals are suffering in silence, symptoms may go unnoticed by those closest. That is why we need to have these discussions.

CANADA WIDE SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE…

The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:

Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566
Text: 45645
Chat: crisisservicescanada.ca

KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Trans LifeLine – All Ages 1-877-330-6366

 

 

 

 

 
 
Local 1611 is excited to welcome our newest group of members,from VersaCold Logistic Services. We welcome VersaCold to our organization, and look forward to working and building an amicable relationship with the VersaCold Logistic Services team.  

VersaCold, Logistic Services first opened in 1946, in British Columbia, as B.C. Ice & Cold Storage Co. By the 1990’s VersaCold had expanded out east and had a stronghold in Western North America, with facilities in B.C., Alberta and Washington. VersaCold continued to expand globally. In 2010, the offshore operations were sold and focus was redirected to expand the market in North America. Today, VersaCold is the largest temperature sensitive logistics network in Canada, with 31 temperature controlled warehouses and distribution centres. A fleet of trucks prove local, regional, national and international transportation across Canada and the United States. VersaCold has developed a reputation across North America for exceptional customer service and technological innovation focused on the handling of temperature sensitive products.

 

 

 

 

With the fentanyl crisis showing no signs of slowing down and 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 constructionrehabplan.com

A BETTER WORK ENVIRONMENT CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING! MAKE THAT CHANGE NOW.

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