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ICBA’s Open Shop Open Around the Corner

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Summer is almost here and that means ICBA’s 24th Annual Open Shop Golf Tournament is just around the corner.  The tournament is slated to return to Surrey Golf Club on August 15 and we want to see you and your company there. Registration details are here.

We’ve held the line on the price at $185. That fee includes dinner, green fees, a power cart, and a $25 charity donation. It also includes great networking opportunities, the chance to connect with Open Shop colleagues, and a shot at besting them in some friendly competition.

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Union Financial Disclosure Bill Constitutional

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Merit Canada, the national organization representing open shop contractors across the country, got a boost in its efforts to see Bill C-377 passed into law to  require labour organizations coast to coast to disclose certain financial information.

Merit Canada today released an opinion by a former Supreme Justice concluding the legislation being considered is in fact constitutional.

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Training Tuesday – Helping Foremen Succeed

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Many great tradespeople take a foreman position and fail. Not for lack of skills or drive but simply for lack of guidance on how to be a great foreman.

That’s why ICBA is criss-crossing the province with its one-day course for foremen to get a handle on the fundamentals of field leadership, organization, crew morale, efficiency, and productivity.

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Math course targets trades

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Measure twice and cut once is a mantra in the construction business. You have to make sure everything is right before you take action. And you have to know your numbers to get it right.

That’s what makes Sprott Shaw College’s new Math for Trades course so valuable for construction companies. The course is a basic math refresher targeting the essential numeracy skills required for a construction electrician, as well as preparing other students for other construction or trades apprentice programs.

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HD Mining wins for B.C. economy

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Great news out of the courts this week – HD Mining successfully defended its case against two big unions for the right to bring in temporary foreign workers to do test work on the Murray River Project underground coal mine.

ICBA raised its voice on the issue in the past because the project – like all resource development projects – means plenty of work for our members who win contracts on the project, as well as all the economic spinoffs felt in local communities.

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Bid two-envelope bids goodbye

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ICBA has just learned of some great news for contractors looking to put a bid in on work on BC Housing projects – their two-envelope bid system is dead.

Instead the provincial crown agency that develops, manages, and administers subsidized housing options in B.C. has returned to a pre-qualification system for its projects, meaning companies will know ahead of time whether they are even qualified to bid on projects.
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Training Tuesday – Building Better Foremen

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Many great tradespeople take a foreman position and fail. Not for lack of skills or drive but simply for lack of guidance on how to be a great foreman. That’s why ICBA is bringing its one-day course to Victoria on June 6 so foremen can get a handle on the fundamentals of field leadership, organization, crew morale, efficiency, and productivity.

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Training Tuesday – Hazard Recognition and Control

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ICBA’s Hazard Recognition and Control session is designed to provide participants the required knowledge to understand the principle of hazard recognition and control as well as the methods used to ensure hazards are identified and adequately addressed in the workplace.

At the end of the sessions participants will have an understanding of the requirements for identifying hazards, the tools required to assess the identified hazards and score them by priority, and methods to take the information gathered and develop Safe Work Procedures to mitigate the hazards.

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