BC Building Trades Submission to WCB re Adding Diseases Caused By Communicable Viral Pathogens including COVID-19.

The BC Building trades has submitted policy recommendations to the Workers Compensation Board to INCLUDE Communicable Viral Pathogens on schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act. Schedule 1 is called “Presumption of Occupational Disease Related to Specific Process or Industry”. The goal is to have viral pathogens in particular COVID-19 on the list, so that workers who are infected from work will be compensated for the illness. Click HERE to see the letter.

Election Count Update

Election Results

Tally of ballots for July 3, 2020 BAC Local 2 BC election

Position of President

Geoff Higginson 114 votes – elected

Bill Martin 44 votes

Secretary Treasurer

Paolo Perozzo – elected by way of acclamation

Position of Vice-Chair

Robert Witt  103 votes – elected

Ira Maheu 74 votes – elected

Tony Sarangelo 71 votes – elected

Robert Tuzzi 68 votes

Island Chapter Chair

Jay Morrissey 12 votes – elected

Karl Jones 9 votes

45 spoiled ballots

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Please check the “nomination for local officers” below this post. The Election Committee has moved Election count day back to July 3 to give more time for travelling members out of town.

Office Hours

Our Office Administrator is back in the office. Back to normal office hours. If there is no answer at the office we are either out back or on the other line. Leave a message or if you need immediate assistance Please call 778-847-2472.

Geoff Higginson

Electronic Pay Details

One of our Contractors has been giving electronic statements to some members working for them and mailing statements to others based on whether they are “full time” or hired on a more job to job basis. The union has notified the CLRA and the Contractor that all members should be treated the same.

We will keep you informed. Please contact the hall if this has been a problem for you.

Ontario Bricklayers Agreement-Travelling Members

In Ontario the Ontario Provincial Conference governs agreements for BACU Locals and IUBAC Locals. IUBAC Local 2 BC has arranged reciprocal arrangements with the health and welfare and pension plans for all locals in Ontario. Attached here (click) is the BACU Agreement and here (click) is the IUBAC Agreement. The terms are the same essentially. For reciprocity you will have to sign reciprocity papers to bring your money home for the benefit plans.

Safe travels if you are heading that way. If you have any questions call the union hall or the president.

Site Specific Indoc at Home

May 23, 2020 Update…CIMS Project Manager at Domtar says doing the indocs at home are optional (We say NO period). If you ended up doing one at home record the day and time you started and the finish time if longer than 4 hours. If your pay detail doesn’t show the hours for the indoc notify the union hall.

The statement below was sent to the CLRA and Contractors via email this evening. (May 21, 2020) re: On Site Indoc Only

Doing site indoctrinations from home is not contemplated in our collective agreements and thereby has to be negotiated or enabled.

Our position is that no member can be required to provide a computer or laptop just to do an indoctrination.

Indoctrinations are work for the employer and therefore have to be paid.  They are subject to a minimum of 4 hours pay or time worked if over 4 hours.  They are subject to overtime rates as per collective agreement for work outside of the normal work week which amounts to double time.

Members cannot be compelled to do these indoctrinations at home because they have not been negotiated and have to be mutually agreed to under enabling.

In the past BAC Local 2 BC has enabled online indoctrinations for members who were capable as long as they were paid 4 hours minimum.  Since the contractors have now insisted that [they] do not have to pay four hours minimum, we do not … therefore withdraw the enabling of this, to the extent any such enabling has existed. 

Indoctrinations can be done on site only unless some other enabling agreement is reached with the Union.

This union and some other trades are willing to sit down and discuss negotiating some sort of enabling specific to an upcoming job or jobs and perhaps to other jobs generally.

Job Site Safety-COVID-19 Member Rights and Responsibilities

These are still crazy times. We all must stay informed and when we go to work not accept anything less than what is required by the Provincial Health Officer, Center for Disease Control and WorkSafe BC. Below are links to critical information about what employers have to do to protect you on the job. Hand in hand with that is what we should be doing to protect each other. Remember many of us have contact with older relatives in our home, children and spouses. If you have any symptoms stay home for at least ten days. If you have been exposed to someone with a Positive COVID19 test, then self isolate for 14 days. They are making it much easier to get tested now. Just call your doctor for a telephone consultation and explain your symptoms. You will most likely be given an immediate appointment for testing. Remember if you have to stay home because of the covid you can collect the CERB benefit of 500 per week for up to 16 weeks. Check the link to confirm you would be eligible.

Worksafe BC Regulations and Guidelines Concerning Lunch Rooms Washrooms Changing Areas. The Public Health Officer has now made it more imperative to follow the guidelines.

Provincial Health Officer Order re Industrial Camps

Provincial Infection Prevention and Control Officers

Guidance to Construction Sites-BC Public Health

Guidance to Mining and Smelting Operations

WorkSafe BC Frequently Asked Questions