CI Brick Block and Stucco, Kamloops/Kelowna

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…

Svend Maltesen Masonry 14% hourly rate hike July 1st.

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.

Tilt Furnace Job Kitimat June

The tilt furnace job went to MBI and Refraco Quebec. Refraco Quebec is subbing the work to Refraco BC who will hire our members under the Standard Industrial Agreement. Starts around June 12 goes for a month. Tear out and castables. Probably Brokk Work.

Contact Geoff Immediately if you want to be on this job. 778-847-2472 or ghigginson@bac2bc.org

Refraco is attempting to get RTA to supply camp accommodations. If not, then it will be according to our agreement. LOA or hotel and meals allowance.

Member Travel Between Health Regions in BC

The provincial government allows you to travel for work in the province. I have created a standard letter for our members to present to law enforcement when you are screened in a road side stop, or a government official if your travel is questioned. Currently the provincial order allows for law enforcement to confirm that the “driver” of the vehicle is authorized for travel. They are not allowed to keep records of your information unless they have determined you are not authorized to travel. Your driver’s license and a letter from the union should be enough to confirm that you are travelling for work, which is authorized by the Solicitor General Mike Farnsworth.

This is a quote from the BC Government Website

When stopped at a road check restricting non-essential travel, police will only have the authority to request:

  • a driver’s name, address and driver’s license
  • any available documentation regarding driver’s name and address (for example, secondary identification that confirms a driver’s residential address if recently moved)
  • the purpose of the driver’s travel (documentation regarding travel is not required)

Police cannot engage in arbitrary vehicle or street checks. Site-specific enforcement measures will be informed by ongoing discussions with stakeholders on limiting the impacts to the public and racialized communities. If police have reasonable grounds to believe that a person has travelled for a non-essential purpose, they can direct the traveler to turn around and leave the region. These measures will be limited to site-specific and authorized police operations on travel corridors between regions.

As you can see additional documentation is not required but if you request it the union will send you a text message or an email of a signed letter from the union “RE Essential Work and Travel” to have in your phone, like the one below…

Re Essential Work and Travel.

Text Me at 778-847-2472 or email ghigginson@bac2bc.org or info@bac2bc.org to have the letter sent to you.

In solidarity,

Geoff Higginson

Covid 19 Testing On Job Sites and Industrial Projects with Camps

Some contractors/owners are requiring COVID 19 Rapid Testing to gain access to work on shutdowns. Counsel advises that this is something that may be required to get on site to work. You can obviously refuse to be subjected to the test but, that means the company or owner/client can deny you access to the job. However, if it is being made a requirement for the job, and you agree to the test, the company, in our opinion, has to do the screening on your first day indoctrination. Same as with site specific indoctrination, it amounts to doing work for the company. A requirement for that specific job.

COVID 19 testing on Camp Jobs is also happening. All those travelling in to LNG Canada in Kitimat are required to do a rapid covid test upon entering the project. JFJV Fluor has decided to implement a second covid test three days after you arrive in camp. They have been trying to unilaterally implement the testing during workers off time either After day shift or after night shift. The union objects to this. For the same reason. Mandatory testing as a requirement to stay on site is paid time in our opinion.

Whether you are on a camp job or a shut down, if you are required to take a covid 19 test please contact Geoff Higginson at 778-847-2472 or the Hall at 1-855-847-2472.

In Solidarity, Geoff Higginson

COVID 19 and Travel

2021-05-01 Travel for work is allowed. You can travel back and forth through the health regions for work. If you go through a traffic stop all they can ask for is the driver’s id and home address and where he is going. That’s it, they cannot make a record of your travel and location etc., unless they suspect you of trying to make non-essential travel. Call the hall or Geoff Higginson if you have any problems.

2021-04-27 Current rules and orders allow you to travel in and between health regions in BC. You should not require anything other than telling law enforcement that you are travelling to work, if you do want a clearance slip we will send one. Contact info@bac2bc.org or outside regular hours ghigginson@bac2bc.org. Or Call 778-847-2472.

Currently our work is considered essential and travelling between health authorities is allowed if it is your work. We have contacted the government today and were advised that if there are any changes to the rules for travel when you are going to work the government will announce these changes on Friday probably just after noon.

The union will draft a “clearance letter” that we can issue to prove you have been dispatched to work and will work with the contractors to ensure there are no problems with your transit to the jobs you are hired on. If you are travelling send an email to ghigginson@bac2bc.org to register so we can send you a personalized clearance letter if necessary.

We are hearing anecdotal accounts of exposures and quarantines in Alberta in the patch. Alberta does not have rules guaranteeing daily wages when quarantined. BC does for any of our industrial camps named in the Provincial health Officers Orders and Guidance. If you are in Alberta working contact Bricklayers Local 1 AB for official information.

BAC Local 1 Alberta 1-780-426-7545.

BAC2BC Members invited to work on concrete pour in N Van

If anyone BAC2BC needs work next week the cement Masons need a few guys to wheel concrete and vibrate at van term. Yeah it is commercial rate but they will reciprocate to our plans. 6 days starting friday. 12s. The crews have been clearing 2500 bucks in the 6 days. Roy Bizzutto, 604 999 2143. Or give me a call for the scoop, 778 847 2472. If you are waiting for Alberta get your safety training in asap. Classes are open next week at pac rim.

Work at Stelco in Nanticoke ON. July with Castec

Click HERE to see job bank posting.

They are under the BACU Local 1 Hamilton Agreement which is a provincial standard agreement. The local has not called for bricklayers yet. We contacted them today and the work wont start until at least mid july. Apply through job bank but contact Ron Metcalfe at local one in a few weeks.