Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CSD Construction | Construction unions sign deal to fill gaps in critical construction trades workers across Canada

news release at CNW Canada Newswire
VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Two major unions in the construction industry in Western Canada and Quebec have joined forces to create greater job opportunities for the 27,000 members of the two organizations across Canada.

CMAW, which has members working in the four western provinces, and CSD Construction in Quebec, have formally signed a Mutual Agreement for Cooperation. The immediate goal is to provide CMAW with access to additional skilled construction tradespeople to work on existing CMAW projects in the west, particularly in the Alberta oil sands.

"There are many more constructions jobs opening up in the west, and we simply don't have enough trained and skilled tradespeople to fill those jobs," said CMAW President Jan Noster.

"We invited representatives from CSD Construction to attend our convention in Kelowna, BC on May 8 and 9 of this year, and we learned that they are a highly-democratic and independent union much like ourselves. We could see we would be a good fit, so we made an agreement."

He said that CSD Construction has never been implicated in the bribery, corruption and organized crime allegations which currently plague the Quebec construction industry, and which are now the subject of a public inquiry established by the Quebec government.

Patrick Daigneault, President of CSD construction, said they sought out CMAW because they saw value in establishing a relationship with a large union that was active in the construction industry in the west.

"This agreement will be good for members of our union during slack times in construction in Québec. CMAW has experience working with construction workers from Quebec, and we believe this new relationship will be good for both unions and will provide employers with the skilled trades they desperately need."

CSD members working under a CMAW contract will not pay more dues, and they will be able to have their pension and benefit contributions transferred back to their plans in Quebec. The same arrangements would apply to CMAW workers under a CSD Construction contract.

Both union officials also noted that the agreement will create more jobs in Canada for Canadian workers so employers will not have to rely on temporary foreign workers. The two organizations will also collaborate in expanding the contractor base through inter-provincial organizing, supporting Canadian autonomy for members of US-based unions, and collaborating on craft and safety training.

Noster said CMAW was previously associated with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and had a working relationship with FTQ Construction, but severed both of those relationships last year.

CMAW (Construction, Maintenance & Allied Workers) declared its independence from the US-based International Carpenters Union in 2004, and established itself as an independent union in construction across western Canada, with 7,000 members.

CSD Construction (Syndicat des travailleurs de la construction) was formed 40 years ago as a member-run democratic union representing all crafts in the construction industry in Quebec. It has 25,000 members.
For further information:

Editors: for further information:
CMAW, Jan Noster, President, 604-785-4904
CSD Construction, Patrick Daigneault, Président, 514-899-1029

Sunday, June 17, 2012

One dead and several hurt as concert stage collapses

(overloaded all-around system failure it looks like...)10 photos Montreal Gazette

Friday, June 15, 2012

IBEW, Building Trades Rally Against Attacks by Carpenters

video at UAE Latest Thousands of proud Building Trades members and other union activists rallied in St. Louis on June 15 to tell local Carpenters leader Terry Nelson and UBC General President Doug McCarron to stop attacking the IBEW and stealing its work. IBEW Local 1 is the gold standard of professional excellence for electricians in St Louis. IBEW members are trained in five-year apprenticeships that certify them as master electricians. Members are constantly upgrading their skills and experience as new technologies are introduced. Carpenters Local 57, by contrast, did not comply with federal standards on apprenticeship programs, according to the US Department of Labor. More information can be found at www.local57facts.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BBC World News video CMAW Local 506 Shipbuilder

Working Lives Vancouver: Ship builder

FTQ-Construction | FTQ-Construction and CEP create Canadian Construction Unions Council to speed up recruitment, promote labour mobility, and support job stability

read the full press release at Canada Newswire:
MONTREAL, June 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - FTQ-Construction and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP-FTQ) are proposing a new Canada-wide entity to their members: the Canadian Construction Unions Council (CCUC). The new organization will allow recruitment of members across Canada in periods of labour shortages to promote mobility and subsequently increase job stability. The final proposal was approved today by leaders of both labour organizations. The Council could start its activities in the coming months, provided the proposal is approved by members of FTQ-Construction.

The Canadian Construction Unions Council (CCUC) will be the largest group of unions in the country within the construction sector, representing 80,000 workers. It will not only become a major actor on all large construction sites in Canada but also promote sharing best practices between workers of various provinces, as well as labour mobility in times of shortages, with priority to local workers.

"Activity in the Canadian construction industry labour market is keeping a good pace, but each province or territory will continue to experience slowdown periods. That is why, in order to counter the effect of labour shortages, the two labour organizations want to offer greater mobility to their members and thus contribute to full-time employment," said FTQ-Construction President Arnold Guérin. In Québec, the average number of hours worked in construction is only 900 while 1,800 would be required for the equivalent of a full-time job.

"It will be easier for our members to work anywhere in Canada during slack periods. This increases job security, which in turn allows to maintain a better quality of life by protecting earned income," said Yves Ouellet, FTQ-Construction General Manager.