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TRAINING THURSDAY: Get the PST Right! Breakfast in Victoria

Last chance to register for our Get the PST Right! PST Issues for the Construction Industry breakfast in Victoria on February 26! It will give you an understanding of how PST applies to your business, and you’ll learn about who pays PST and how to pay it, as well as:

  • When to pay PST on your goods and supplies
  • How PST applies to goods for resale vs. those you install
  • How PST applies to goods used to fulfill a contract outside B.C.
  • When you need to be registered to collect PST
  • When to charge your customers PST
  • How PST applies to goods bought outside B.C.
  • When you may be eligible for a PST refund and how to apply

Plus, you’ll earn 2 CPD Points from BC Housing!

You can register for this or any of our other upcoming courses at www.icba.ca/courses.

NEWS RELEASE: B.C. Supreme Court Urged to Quash Horgan Government’s Labour Deal

The NDP government’s labour framework, devised for the sole purpose of benefitting its Building Trades Union (BTU) cronies, violates the rights of 85 percent of B.C.’s construction workforce and should be declared unconstitutional, according to a coalition of British Columbia’s largest construction associations and progressive unions. Today the B.C. Supreme Court began hearing the coalition’s case to have the government’s labour deal struck down.

“The Horgan government will stop at nothing to pay back its building trades union supporters, even at the expense of shutting 85 percent of the province’s construction workers out of taxpayer-funded projects,” said Chris Gardner, President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, whose 2,300 member and client companies employ more than 75,000 people. “This kind of blatant favouritism is offensive and costs workers and construction companies a fair shot at work on taxpayer-funded projects.”

“The Horgan government seems to have no problem violating workers’ basic rights, including freedom of association,” said Ryan Bruce, B.C. Manager of Government Relations for CLAC, which represents over 14,000 workers in BC, who will be forced to change their union membership to work on certain public infrastructure projects. “No government should be allowed to dictate which union workers should belong to.”

In order to build certain public projects, non-BTU workers must put their pensions and benefits on hold and pay dues to the Building Trades Unions, who constitute just 15 percent of the province’s construction workforce.

“This is not a government that stands up for worker rights, not when it freezes workers out of public projects,” said Dave Fuoco, a CLAC member with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. “The Horgan government shouldn’t wait to be told to scrap its lousy labour deal.”

“Forced unionization of this sort is an affront to one of the core values of the labour movement:  a worker’s freedom to choose.  Ironically, it’s a government who claims to be in touch with the working class that is denying workers this fundamental right,” said Ken Baerg, CWU Director of Labour Relations, one of the progressive unions challenging the provincial government’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in court.

“It’s unfortunate that it takes legal intervention in order for the Horgan government to do the right thing,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “This labour arrangement is unfair, unethical and unconstitutional and should be quashed.”

“As an association that represents both union and open-shop  companies, we know this government policy not only shuts out the majority of the construction workforce but also offloads significant risk to contractors,” added Fiona Famulak, President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association “This, together with the bureaucracy  that’s been created to administer this antiquated labour model, unnecessarily inflates the cost of public projects by tens of millions of dollars that ultimately will be paid for by B.C.’s taxpayers.”

“This CBA policy places added stress on a vital industry that is already facing serious challenges to its future limiting innovation, driving up costs and stifling the naturally occurring community benefits that this new policy chooses to ignore,” said Chris Atchison, President of the BC Construction Association.

The B.C. Supreme Court will hear the coalition’s challenge of B.C.’s labour framework on February 3 to 7, 2020.

Four construction associations (the British Columbia Construction Association, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA), the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)) and two progressive unions (Canada West Union and CLAC) representing 85% of B.C.’s construction workforce, have joined the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and several construction companies, professionals and workers in launching the lawsuit aimed at halting restrictive labour policies in B.C.’s construction industry.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Writing Effective Letters, Scope Documents, Reports and Proposals

How are your writing skills? Is your writing effective and focused on what you need to get across to the reader? Check out our Writing Effective Letters, Scope Documents, Reports and Proposals course!

Potential clients often judge you based on whether you can clearly articulate the services you provide. Clients may skim your documents, so you need to ensure that your content is organized and that your key points stand out. Your writing ability is important.

You’ll learn to tailor your writing for your audience and purpose, apply the strategies required for effective scope documents, letters, and reports, and incorporate key principles for editing and revising your documents.

Some of the topics the course covers are:

  • Planning your scope documents;
  • Writing concisely;
  • Crafting effective emails and letters;
  •  Responding to bids and proposals;
  • Structuring your reports and project documentation.

Plus, you’ll earn 1 Gold Seal Credit and 7.5 CPD Points from BC Housing! Our next session is February 11 in Kelowna, followed by February 27 in Burnaby and March 31 in Victoria. It will also be offered in Prince George on April 28.

You can register for this or any of our other courses at www.icba.ca/courses.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Get Lean!

Are you familiar with the principles of Lean Construction? We can help!
 
The application of Lean Construction principles within the industry has gained considerable traction over the last decade due to the need for productivity gains and shortened lead times.
The challenge is that traditional Lean is centered around manufacturing environments, making some tools ineffective in the construction arena. Our upcoming Lean for Construction – A Practical Approach course January 31 in Burnaby will teach you a simple and practical approach to implementing the Lean concepts within construction to boost productivity, shorten lead times, and heighten customer value.
In this fun and interactive full-day workshop, participants will be introduced to key Lean tools:
 
– The 8 types of waste negatively impacting cost, lead time, and quality
– How to use Value Stream Maps to identify where waste is
– The 5S system for maintaining a safe and organized work environment
– The Last Planner® System for heightened collaboration and effective work plans
– The Plan, Do, Check, Act system for problem solving
 
Plus you’ll earn 1 Gold Seal Credit and 7.5 CPD Points from BC Housing!
If you’re looking for a more in-depth understanding, we are offering a series of CM-Lean modules in Vancouver in March and June. Start with CM-Lean Modules 1 & 2: Variation in Production Systems/Pull In Production on March 11, and CM-Lean Modules 3 & 4: Lean Work Structuring/Last Planner system on March 12.
CM-Lean Module 5: Supply Chain & Assembly is on June 8, and then CM-Lean Modules 6&7: Lean in Design & Pre-Construction/Problem Solving on June 9.
Register for this or any of our upcoming workshops at www.icba.ca/courses.