Site C


We’re BC’s dam builders

 

Should a $9 billion dollar project paid for with taxpayer dollars be built with offshore workers?  IUOE Local 115 doesn’t think so, and that’s why we joined with the BC Building Trades to launch a campaign urging BC Hydro to hire First Nations and British Columbians first for work on the Site C dam.

Our campaign has included advertisements, like the one below, featuring the workers who have built BC’s previous dams under exclusive Project Labour Agreements (PLAs), and we made trips to Victoria to meet with government officials urging them to make sure BC workers come first.

Brian Cochrane and retired dam builders visit Victoria in April 2015 for meetings with Senior Government Ministers. (Photo: CHAD HIPOLITO For THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Brian Cochrane and retired dam builders visit Victoria in April 2015 for meetings with Senior Government Ministers. (Photo: CHAD HIPOLITO For THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Since then, Energy Minister Bill Bennett has come put publicly to say “his government will not set a guideline or goals for BC Hydro on how many British Columbians it must hire to work in the Site C dam…  “We can’t add a whole bunch of costs to [the project just] because we want to direct a Crown corporation on who they should do business with.”” (Alaska Highway News, October 6, 2015).  Likewise, David Conway, BC Hydro’s Community Engagement Minister for Site C, admitted they can’t guarantee jobs will go to British Columbians because of agreements with Alberta and Saskatchewan.  (CKNW, December 21, 2015).

Stand with us in helping to ensure BC workers are employed on projects paid for by our tax dollars.  Sign up to show your interest in working on Site C, and follow us on Twitter.  Together, we can make sure BC workers build BC.

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