VANCOUVER, B.C. - The BC Building Trades are praising a commitment by the B.C. NDP to use local workers.
"For nearly two decades, BC construction workers have found themselves standing on the outside of BC public infrastructure projects watching workers from other parts of Canada and indeed Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) do their jobs," reads a release.
BC NDP leader John Horgan announced his commitment to get the most out of the NDP's pledge to fund the mayor's transit plan by committing to use local British Columbia skilled labour and create apprenticeship opportunities through a project labour agreement.
"The commitment by the BC NDP to use project labour agreements in construction will guarantee opportunities for apprentices including First Nations and Women," said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC Building Trades, in a statement. "This is not a union or non-union issue, this is about British Columbians getting the most out of public projects built in BC."
According to the Building Trades, project labour agreements are not exclusive to unions. Governments across North America have used them successfully to guarantee local priorities in public construction. The Vancouver Island Highway, the Lower Mainland Skytrain and all of the major B.C. dams on the Peace and Columbia Rivers (except Site C) were constructed under a project labour agreement and employed many union and non-union contractors, the release adds.