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

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.

During the Work Slowdown

Now is a good time for health and safety training and apprenticeship training. Our apprenticeship training will soon be available with an online component to handle the classroom work and testing and scheduled practical sessions using proper physical distancing to protect your health. Let’s make lemon-aid out of this COVID19 lemon we have to chew on right now. Contact Sharon at the office 604-584-2021 or Geoff at 778-847-2472 to get you name on the list for apprenticeship training. Check back on this site for links to online health and safety training including the new Regional Safety Training Course. for now, enform/ossa (the new Energy Safety canada group) has extended the expiry date of all tickets that expire in the first half of 2020 to September.

CIMS Deducting CPP and EI premiums from initial and terminal travel allowance.

This is the most recent info from the tax lawyer.

Hi Geoff,

I have received no correspondence from CRA. The last communication I saw was the abeyance letter you sent me in August.

The CPP and EI treatment should follow that for income tax purposes. The members’ argument was that neither income tax, nor CPP, nor EI should have been deducted. But if CIMS is deducting income tax, then logically they would deduct CPP and EI too, although your members maintain that this is the incorrect result at law (as set out in the income tax, CPP and EI appeals arguments I drafted for you).

Kind regards,

Gareth.

2019

We hope that all of you have had a fantastic Christmas and Wish You All a Happy New Year. All the best to you and your families in 2019. Someone will man the office today (December 31, 2018) until 2:00 P.M. If you need immediate assistance please call the union cell number 778-847-2472. The office will be open January 2, 3 and 4 this week and back to regular hours next week the 7th January 2019.

Tire Damage Danger on Industrial Road

Due to constant “scrap” yard traffic it is not unusual to have bits of metal, nails, screws and assorted metal junk fly off the trucks making the trip past our training center and union hall to Schnitzer Salvage or an number of other re-cycling yards in the area.  We will try and keep the street parking area clear of these tire puncture hazards but please keep your eyes open for the hazards if you are going to park on the street side.

Office Hours-August

Our Office Administrator is taking annual vacation August 7 to September 10.  Please call the office before dropping in to handle any business you may have.

The president will be in and out of the office but is available via union cell phone at 778-847-2472 to handle any administrative requests or needs.

Towards the last week of August we will have office coverage from 8:00 to 4:00 with a replacement administrative person familiar with our local.

Dues payments via email transfer will still be processed and email checked daily.  To ensure prompt assistance send an email to ghigginson@bac2bc.org