Special Projects Agreement provides significant opportunity for Building Trades Contractors and Tradespeople

HALIFAX, NS – May 10, 2017 – The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades and the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association (NSCLRA) are pleased to announce they have reached a labour agreement for the proposed $8.3-billion Goldboro LNG project. A project of this size and scope provides significant opportunity for youth and apprentices; it secures […]

2016 Federal Budget Review and Analysis

Our national organization, Canada’s Building Trades Unions has created a review and analysis of the 2016 Federal Budget. We are pleased with the support demonstrated for the skilled trades in this Government’s first tabled budget. Particularly notable for Building Trades Unions across the country is the proposed $85.4 million over five years that is designated […]

Apprentices Across the Country Can Now Train More Easily

Labour and Advanced Education January 18, 2016 2:12 PM Apprentices can now move between provinces and territories more easily to complete their training. As of Jan. 1, apprentices’ technical training, work experience and examination results will be recognized across the country. Students graduating from approved pre-apprenticeship training programs will also get full credit for their […]

Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcome the Announcement on Bill C 377

OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2015 /CNW/ – On behalf of Canada’s Building Trades Unions, representing over 500,000 middle class Canadians, Bob Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer said: “During the debate on these onerous, narrowly targeted amendments the Liberal and New Democratic parties stood up for Canadian unionized workers. Now that the Liberals have formed government one of […]

Conservative Senators deny hundreds of public requests to speak on anti-union bill

The Honourable Senator Pierrette Ringuette (New Brunswick) PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release May 15th, 2015 Conservative Senators deny hundreds of public requests to speak on anti-union bill Wednesday, the Conservative-controlled Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs shut down debate on the controversial anti-union bill C-377. This was after only 3 meetings and 23 witnesses […]

Bill C-377

The Federal Conservatives have re-introduced anti-union Bill C-377 to the Senate. The Building Trades has many concerns with this piece of legislation and its potential impact on labour relations in Nova Scotia. This legislation unfairly singles out trades unions and imposes unprecedented reporting requirements. The Bill’s constitutional validity has been questioned by many, and the Building […]

Breaking Gender Barriers in Construction

By: Build Right Nova Scotia As we celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th, it is time to highlight an important opportunity in our industry. For decades, the world of construction has had the reputation of being a male-only industry.  This has led to a low female-to-male ratio on construction sites across the province, […]

Breaking Ground with Hope Blooms and Build Right Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NS – September 3, 2014 – Members of the North End Halifax community gathered at Murray Warrington Park on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the start of construction on the new Hope Blooms Greenhouse donated by Build Right Nova Scotia.  Build Right NS—a partnership between unionized contractors and tradespeople—and youth-run social enterprise Hope Blooms were […]

Helmets to Hardhats to Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS – June 18, 2014 – Brad Smith, Executive Director of the Mainland Building Trades is pleased to announce that a special session will be held in their upcoming, first annual conference scheduled for tomorrow, June 19th at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. Brigadier-General Greg Matte, a native of Kingston, Nova Scotia and […]