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Welcome to the July edition of the CLR CONNECTOR.

We would like to start off with several important announcements.

First, we are pleased to welcome onboard Glen Williams, CLR’s new Director, Health & Safety. With the addition of Glen to our team, we are re-launching the CLR’s Health & Safety portfolio and strengthening our value proposition to members. We will be updating our members on new developments and initiatives emerging within this important section of CLR’s service offerings through our website, regular communications, and special alerts. Stay tuned.

The July Connector is strongly focused on the theme that the need for a longer-term vision and strategy cannot be overestimated – Innovation and Technology: Future in Construction. This area of our organization’s efforts and activities was prioritized as one of the key strategic pillars and as such, will certainly account for a significant portion of our future communications.

To assist the CLR board and staff in our commitment to future-proofing CLR and our members’ interests, we are excited to announce the formation of a brand-new committee – the Future Leaders in Construction. Future Leaders will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of our organization, influencing association policies, and identifying value-added opportunities for our members to benefit from. Read the article in this edition to learn more about this committee which will become active in the fall of 2022.

This has been a busy year for the Labour Relations Team. Industry bargaining with BCBCBTU commenced on June 1, 2 and 3 with the exchange of proposals. The exchange included all main table and trade level proposals from both the Bargaining Council and CLR. The Bargaining Council brought a substantial number of proposed changes which we are currently working through. We will be reaching out to our bargaining committees to review and discuss as we identify how trade-level negotiations will be scheduled and when.

In addition to industry bargaining, we have recently reached a tentative agreement with the Pile Driving companies and a ratified agreement for CIMS/Geotech and the Boilermakers. Negotiations with Gunnebo are ongoing, and bargaining will commence soon with a couple more groups (the BCRCC All Employee Agreement and the Hydraulic Dredging Agreement).

The Labour Relations team continues to be busy supporting members’ questions or concerns that arise under the various collective agreements.

If you ever have a question about anything under your Agreement or about collective bargaining, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe,

Ken McCormack, President and CEO