CLR’s 52nd Annual General Meeting and Conference will be taking place September 17 & 18, 2021 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC. Full details of the event and online registration are now available here: 2021 CLR AGM and Conference Details and Registration.
The hotel rooms can be booked online here: online reservations. The rooming block begins Wednesday, September 15th and ends Monday, September 20th.
Please note that if you wish to extend the dates at either end of the rooming block, or if you prefer to book you room on the phone rather than online, you will need to call in your reservation to 1-888-236-2427 and refer to our group “Constructions Labour Relations Association of BC 52nd AGM”.
Last week, we learned of the horrific and devastating news about the discovery of the graves of 215 Indigenous children in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc near Kamloops, British Columbia. The remains of these young children were found on the grounds of what was once Canada’s largest residential school. We humbly acknowledge the painful memories this news invokes and hold that knowledge respectfully.
On behalf of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan, the BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC, we are writing to our community to extend our sympathies, to express our outrage and heartbreak, and to offer our allyship in support of Indigenous communities.
As we grieve for these children, their families, and their communities, this tragedy is a reminder that we need to continue to do more and learn more. Reconciliation is a journey that we have committed to in our industry and it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to engage in the work this process requires. Our respective reconciliation strategies and action plans will guide us forward.
We must all make the commitment to reconciliation, each and every one of us, employer, worker, and colleague. We must commit to this and support one another in our individual and collective healing.
As we think of the challenges and the impact of this news on the Indigenous community within our industry, we ask our members to pause and reflect, and lean on the supports that are available if they need to.
At this time, people may need to gather or seek individual resources to find support. The following counselling resources are available to those in our communities who may need them:
• Employees seeking counselling should access the employee assistance program for resources and counselling.
• Emotional, cultural and professional support services are also available to survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.
• A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former residential school students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
• Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1 800 588-8717.
Alternatively, call direct into the Youth Line at 250 723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250 723-4050, or online: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com/
• Indigenous employees may also contact their home community for support or referral.
• Metis employees may contact their regional office or Metis Nation BC https:///www.mnbc.ca for support or referral.
• Circle of Eagles Lodge Society – for counselling and other support services
• Helping Spirit Lodge Society – for programs, services and resources
• Vancouver Native Health Society – counselling
• Warriors Against Violence Society – for counselling and support services
NOTE: The Redwoods Golf Course has cancelled all events for the month of June and unfortunately they have no availability in July, August or September of this year. We are hopeful that we will be able to host the Ben Backman Memorial Industry Leaders Golf Tournament in 2022!
Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.
The Canadian Labour Congress first recognized the Day of Mourning in 1984. In 1991, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, and on April 28, 1991, the federal government officially proclaimed the national Day of Mourning. Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning and since 1984, acknowledgement of the day has spread to many countries and is now observed throughout the world.
Since 1997, the BC Federation of Labour, the Business Council of British Columbia, and WorkSafeBC have co-hosted a public commemorative ceremony for the Day of Mourning in Vancouver.
Due to COVID-19, the decision was made to cancel the in-person ceremony in 2021, with an online video and moment of silence taking its place.
The 2021 Day of Mourning ceremony will be available at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, at dayofmourning.bc.ca.
In 2020, 151 workers in B.C. lost their lives to workplace injury or disease.
On April 28, please join in to honour the lives of those that have been injured or lost their lives to workplace injury or disease in B.C.
Ways to commemorate our fallen workers:
- Visit the online Mourning Ceremony in your community: BC List of Ceremonies is available here.
- Honour a fallen worker: https://www.dayofmourning.bc.ca/dedication-landing/
- Observe a moment of silence
- Download and display a poster or decal in your workplace (available here)
Our membership survey closed yesterday. We would like to thank all of you who participated and shared your important feedback with us.
The survey findings will be instrumental for us to further improve our services and to elaborate new programs and initiatives we are currently working on.
We are excited to announce the winner of $100 Amazon Gift Card:
Congratulations, Claudio Pirillo from Broadwater Industries!
We value your participation and support.
Your CLR Team
CLR is proud to be a Networking sponsor of the Virtual 18th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum! The BC Natural Resources Forum offers a positive, non-partisan arena to discuss and learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sector in BC.
For the 18th Annual event, the event will be held virtually for the first time ever, this change in format for the 2021 event has been made to ensure the health and safety of all participants and in light of concerns and restrictions regarding COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing you online January 26-28, 2021. For more information about the Forum please visit https://bcnaturalresourcesforum.com/
Please join us in welcoming Tiffany Chung to the CLR Labour Relations Team!
Tiffany comes to us from Metro Vancouver where she has over 15 years of experience in labour relations starting as a Labour Relations Analyst and working her way up to negotiator. She has significant experience at the bargaining table in both support roles as well as chief spokesperson. We believe she will be a strong addition to the CLR team and her experience in interpreting collective agreements will make her a valuable resource for all of our members.
CLR and the BC Building Trades have released several resources including a job-site poster regarding the ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak. CLR has also released a number of bulletins and useful resources to our members regarding the same subject. All of these documents are available for download on the bulletins page of the website by clicking here.
The BCCSA also has a number of useful resources regarding COVID-19 and Construction Sites. You can access these documents by clicking here.
Please be advised that the CLR offices have reopened with limited access. If you would like to see our reopening plan it is available on our bulletins page or by clicking here: CLR Reopening Plan
Our staff will continue to work full time with a few days a week in the office and the rest of the time working remotely.
We will not be permitting any access to our offices unless prior approval has been received. Some of our members and partners like to stop in once in a while and while we always appreciate seeing you, we are asking you all to help protect the CLR staff by making an appointment first. Face-to-face meetings for now will be avoided as much as possible.
As always, our staff can be reached during work hours by email or on their cell phones.
Thank you for your help and consideration during these challenging times.
In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the CLR is closing our office indefinitely.
We are taking this important step to protect the well being of our members, staff, family and friends during these uncertain times – a decision not made lightly.
Our staff will be working remotely during this time and can be contacted by email, cell phone or by calling the office at 604-524-4911 and dialing 5 for the company directory to leave a voice message for the person you wish to reach. All messages will automatically be forwarded to that staff member’s individual email address and they will return your call promptly.
We are continuing to work to keep you updated with the latest information as it is presented to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
We want to thank all essential workers who are working the front lines and everyone who is doing their part by staying home and social distancing.
Stay safe! Stay Healthy! Stay Positive!