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Notice of Lodge Office Re-opening

Our General Offices will re-open to the public and resume our regular office hours on Monday May 25, 2020. We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place when you enter the building, so please follow the signage and the direction of the office staff as you enter. We have posted the basic rules below for […]

May 2020 Newsletter

Update: Regarding the dissolution of the BCA of BC The Union is actively involved with the Unfair Labour Practice filed with the BC Labour Relations Board. We have been in mediation at the LRB and are in continuing discussions with all parties involved. We ask for your patience, as we are losing ours quickly, but […]

WCB and Disability Law Update (Covid-19) – Part Two

Transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 With the emergence of Covid-19, the provincial government took immediate steps to close and reduce non-essential service providers in the province. Some essential services, such as health care, transportation, sanitation, and critical infrastructure remained open. However, those industries were required to develop safe operation plans that were in […]

Day of Mourning

Courtesy of WCB Advocate Adam Picotte I write this email on April 28, the day of mourning. A day when we remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related disease. There is an urgency to this observance this year when each of us is either working […]

Business Manager’s Update

Business Manager Jordan Streng and the Union’s staff want to ensure that the members are being kept up to date on the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic are having on our membership and our work picture. We will be updating the membership through regular notices such as this and will be posting on our Website […]

WCB and Disability Law Update (COVID-19)

Discipline or termination for raising an occupational health and safety issue. Many workers are concerned that employers will bring reprisals for raising COVID-19 OHS issues. However, under the Workers Compensation Act this is illegal. Under the Workers Compensation Act if an employer discriminates (suspends, demotes, terminates, etc.) a worker for raising a health and safety […]

COVID-19 In Construction

The following information has been provided by the BC Building Trades. INTRODUCTION The information on these pages is intended to assist you in providing relevant and reliable information to your members about COVID-19 and the services & supports that are available to them. It is not intended to replace the customized content you may already […]

Important Messages From The Health And Welfare Trustees

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the financial burden that you may feel in the next few months, the Trustees have agreed to provide health and welfare coverage for May and June 2020 at no cost.  This means that you will not have any hours deducted from your hour bank nor will you have […]

Business Manager’s Update Regarding COVID-19

General Office Hours will remain reduced for the week of March 30th – April 3rd, and remain closed for any walk-in traffic. See below for contact information. Members continue to post back from postponed and/or completed jobs. Emergency call-outs will continue to be dispatched as they occur. Some small job orders may also occur as […]

COVID-19 Workers Compensation Claims

Lodge 359 Members, Please see the following information on Workers Compensation in BC: COVID-19 Workers Compensation Claims The following link provides updates on what is going on at the WCB with COVID-19 claims. https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/claims There is no compensation for self-isolation before a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19. WCB does provide benefits in the case of exposure […]