There have been a lot of confusing orders and “suggestions” from Governments, Health Authorities, Client/Owners and Contractors about mandatory vaccinations. Vaccinations are a medical procedure and you have the right to refuse a medical procedure. The problem is, we have been forced to choose between accepting employment and subjecting ourselves to what may be an unwanted medical procedure due to client/owner rules. What we can tell you is that although you cannot be forced to vaccinate, if a client/owner requires double vaccination to go on site and does not offer an alternative you will probably be denied entry to the site, unless you can prove vaccination. It does not make sense to cut out fifteen to twenty percent of the available work force. LNG Canada and Site-C and other sites have been doing quite well with Covid 19 testing, daily health checks, masking, ventilation and social distancing to control the spread since the beginning of the “pandemic”. On occasion there have been outbreaks but they have been handled by isolation and stricter camp rules. These measures protect workers from exposure. Given that the virus can be passed on by vaccinated persons, the testing and other safety measures should stay in place to continue to prevent transmission. We are pursuing every avenue to enable alternatives to vaccination while still keeping all members safe. For now, if you can, getting the vaccination would ensure you can accept any employment that comes your way. Many of us have already been vaccinated, however if you cannot see yourself taking the vaccination we are doing everything we can to make it possible for you to go to work on sites that have no vaccination requirement or an alternative.
Some clients/owners of industrial and commercial/institutional sites have been requiring double vaccination status in order to enter a work site and providing an alternative for those with a valid medical or religious reasons for not being vaccinated. In most cases a valid Covid 19 test done on site or within a couple of days of arriving on site is offered as an alternative to vaccination. Our local is currently looking into free rapid testing that can be done by our members and sent in by a designated verifier, which will provide an alternative to vaccination and still maintain member health care info privacy. In some cases the clients are requiring our contractors to ensure their employees, our members, are double vaccinatedbut the client is not requiring plant employees to double vax as well. This is probably illegal because the client/owner is not applying their vaccination policy equally to all on site. We are fighting to have this inequity corrected.
The federal government has put in place mandatory vaccinations for travel on airlines (effective October 30, 2021) which makes it impossible for anyone to travel to and from work via air without being vaccinated. There is a short term alternative for those who cannot take a vaccine for medical reasons, if you can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel, this will suffice until November 30, 2021. Unfortunately, this has yet to be tested in the courts, and so if you want to fly but object to vaccination, you will not be allowed to travel by air in Canada. Fighting this federal order will be more difficult, and so any work with flight-based travel will be not available to those who have not vaccinated.
UNIFOR 2301 is ON STRIKE against Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA). The “spot” is the RTA smelter site. The RTA Site is behind a LEGAL PICKET LINE that began at 12:01 A.M. Sunday July 25, 2021. Support our brothers and sisters at RTA. Any subcontracting work on the RTA site is behind a Picket Line, including the “tilt furnace” and “ABF”.
The LNG Canada Site is not affected as of this moment but that may change. Currently there are travel paths to the LNG site that do not conflict with the UNIFOR Action. Stay informed. If you have any questions, call Geoff at 778-847-2472, mobile.
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After our SALUM July 17 2021, join the Plumbers Pipefitters and Steam Fitters at their local union hall for the show and shine. The address is 1658 Fosters Way, Delta, BC V3M 6S6. For more information go to this link… https://ualocal170.com/local-170-show-n-shine/
We are in very positive discussions with a company in CI and Residential for the Kelowna and Kamloops areas. We will need a team of red brick/block/stone craftworkers to help launch the company into the big job category. Who is up for it? Contact the hall or Geoff Higginson 778-847-2472. It would be under our independent agreement Journey Person CI rate 40.00 per hour plus vaca/holid pay and benefits. Residential 35 plus benefits…
Our Office Administrator is on Vacation this Week June 28 to July 2. Messages and email will be checked daily for urgent matters. If you need to contact us right away please call Geoff at 778-847-2472. Any job site questions call anytime on the cell. Thanks.
Good news for union bricklayers on the commercial institutional side. Svend Maltesen Masonry and BAC Local 2 have successfully negotiated a new independent wage package. Hourly journeyman wage up five bucks to $40.00 an hour plus holiday/vacation and benefits. Total package $51.00 plus per hour as of July 1 2021. Svend Malteson Masonry has been a leader in the industry for years and once again came to the table with a forward looking proposal to adequately pay Bricklayers for their skilled capital and to “raise the line” on quality Masonry installations. Skilled Masons are worth the dough. Thanks to the Maltesen team for pushing the envelope.
Letter from Vicky Waldron of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan.
You may have seen the heartbreaking overdose numbers in the media and news recently. The opioid crisis has seen increasing numbers of overdoses year on year and now with the added impact of COVID 2020 was by far the most deadly year since the epidemic began. Sadly this year is expected to be even worse. Data from numerous sources including the BC Coroners office have identified that the construction industry is ‘disproportionately’ represented in the overdose deaths. Other studies have shown that construction workers are dying at a rate of 5-7 times higher than workers from other industries. Over the last 5 years with the organisation, I have spoken to many of you, and I can honestly say that there is not one person I have met that hasn’t been impacted either directly or indirectly, by the death of a construction worker due to overdose.
It is because of this that CIRP is undertaking a new pilot project aimed to get as many naloxone kits into the hands of as many construction workers and as many job sites as possible. We are in the first phase of this initiative which includes a number of trade schools. As part of this initiative we are training as many business managers and reps as we can on ‘overdose reversal’ (naloxone training). The training itself uses the ‘train the trainer’ model, so the idea is that the business managers and reps are then able to go out into industry and continue the training for their members and provide kits for everyone that is trained. CIRP is a registered naloxone site, and as such we can provide you with the kits and training supplies as needed.
We delivered our first training for 20 reps/managers this last month, and are now looking to book our next round of training. If you have anyone that is interested in receiving the training please let me know and we will set up a second training. We can generally accommodate 20 people per training session.