Friday, August 29, 2008

Landmark Labour Agreement Advances Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Modernization Project

read full release: PRNewswire
Rio Tinto Alcan recently awarded Bechtel a contract to complete engineering, procurement and construction management of the Kitimat Modernization Project. The Kitimat Modernization Employer Association was formed by Bechtel, contractors participating in the agreement, and a coalition of Building Trades Unions including:

- Construction and Specialized Workers' Union Local 1611 (Labourers)
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and
Reinforcing Ironworkers Union Local 97
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied
Workers Union Local 118
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders,
Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers Local Lodge 359
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 993
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local 213
- International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Union Local 2
- International Union of Operating Engineers Union Local 115
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 38
- Millwrights, Machine Erectors and Maintenance Union Local 2736
- Operative Plasters' Cement Masons Union Local 919
- Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock and Wharf Builders Union Local 2404
- Sheet Metal Workers International Association Union Local 280
- Unite Here! British Columbia, Canada Union Local 40
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipefitting Industry of United States and Canada Union Local 170
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America- British
Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters


The Kitimat Modernisation Project will upgrade the facility using state-of-the-art AP technology and increase its aluminium production capacity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. First metal from the modernized smelter is expected in 2011.