Unions fight 'double-breasting' - By Jim Jamieson, The Province
Gary Kroeker, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers and president of the B.C. & Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council, said the practice -- known as 'double-breasting' -- has been going on for a decade.
'Employers who had collective bargaining arrangements with building unions have seen fit to restructure and . . . end up starting a new company with no union obligations,' he said. 'In our opinion, the powers-that-be at the Labour Relations Board haven't used balance in the decisions made with a number of companies.'
But Phil Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C., said the unions like to blame others for their trouble.
'The real enemy isn't everybody else, it's their organizations. It's their non-productive work practices in their collective agreements, it's their featherbedding in their collective agreements,' he said.
Hochstein said the craft unions -- unions that represent workers with a specific skill, such as carpenters or boilermakers -- lost out while the industry and other unions were adapting over the past two decades.