Hundreds of billions worth of construction projects are on the drawing board in B.C. As a result, most construction contractors geared up for even more work this year, despite an already intense pace. This will keep the industry’s GDP and employment contributions growing at the same pace as the provincial economy.
The Coalition of B.C. Businesses had a column in today’s Vancouver laying out the concerns in the small business sector about revisiting B.C.’s labour laws. Labour activists are already calling for a return to the old card based certification for new unions – a move that would scrap workers’ right to a democratic vote on whether or not to join a union.
The article by Mark von Schellwitz, the Coalition and vice-president, Western Canada, for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, lays out some compelling arguments why tilting labour laws towards unionization would hurt rather than help workers.
ICBA is getting out the message about the importance of provincial infrastructure investments in advance of Tuesday’s provincial budget in British Columbia. Our column in the Journal of Commerce ran today on their website making the case that infrastructure builds the construction industry and the economic backbone of the province.
The voice of B.C.’s Open Shop construction industry will have a voice at provincial government’s new group tasked with helping renew B.C. the policies and guidelines and procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects. ICBA President Philip Hochstein will act as an advisor to the new government group.
ICBA’s column about the risk to the economy and Canadian jobs created by the big unions fighting against temporary foreign workers at the Murray River Project popped up in two more place this week.
The article – which points out that B.C.’s big union bosses are sending an investment-chilling message that British Columbia is closed for business – ran in the Tumbler Ridge News and Business in Vancouver.
ICBA’s BC Construction Training Centre is dedicated to connecting members and the rest of the construction industry with the training they need for their employees and their companies to get ahead.
Every Tuesday is Training Tuesday on the ICBA Independent Blog, and each week we’ll highlight an exciting new course coming up. Check in for what’s ahead – and what can help you with your bottom line. This week it’s about working with concrete and cement.
A pair of spots have just opened up in Sprott Shaw College’s Level 1 Electrician program starting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at their Port Coquitlam campus. This ITA-BC Approved modular program provides opportunities for Electrical Apprentice’s to gain employable lifetime skills, and provides employers with a highly trained and experienced workforce.
Our column on the prosperity killing stance by B.C.’s labour leaders appeared in the on-line version of the Vancouver Sun today.
You can read the entire column here on the Sun website.
British Columbia’s labour leaders may be calling the homeward-bound trip for 16 Chinese temporary foreign workers a success, but they are celebrating an empty victory that hurts everyone in B.C.
The 16 jobs in question at HD Mining’s Murray River Project near Tumbler Ridge were highly specialized – and the Chinese workers had those skills. It was the start of something bigger – and a total of 200 specialized miners to do preparatory mining at the site and see if it was feasible. They were slated to train Canadian workers in new underground skills. Local workers would have learned new skills – something that will really help as demand for skilled workers ramps up across B.C., Canada, and the globe.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that there will be a focus on infrastructure spending in the upcoming federal budget.
That’s good news for construction and good news for the economy. As ICBA examined in its latest Construction Monitor, infrastructure investments pay large economic dividends. And failing to spend on infrastructure today means spending more tomorrow. Check out that report here.