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COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENTS

Community Benefits Coalition of BC was created to ensure that public funded projects in British Columbia are contributing to communities around the Province paying workers industry standard wages, providing secure work, skills training and safe work conditions to qualified local residents and groups who are traditionally underrepresented in the skilled trades sector, such as apprentices, Indigenous workers and women in trades.These benefits can be secured through Community Benefits Agreements.

Public infrastructure projects should provide direct, long lasting benefits to the hard-working people of British Columbia.

 

KNOW THE FACTS 
About Community Benefits Agreements

What are "Community Benefits?"
There are many different types of Community Benefits Agreements. Generally, a CBA is an agreement that sets out hiring provisions on publicly funded infrastructure projects. Typically, there will be provisions for hiring qualified local workers first, as well as underrepresented groups, including Indigenous Peoples, apprentices and women in trades. CBAs also include provisions for union wages, and ensure there are no work stoppages (strikes, lockouts) for the duration of construction.

How can CBAs ensure projects are completed on time and on budget?
CBAs ensure wage predictability and eliminate the risk of work stoppages. In addition, investments in worker safety and training are proven to increase productivity. CBAs also enjoy increased transparency and accountability, because these provisions are known.

Why can’t contractors hire whoever they want and pay whatever they want?
Unless provisions are made that establish requirements for local hiring and union wages, unscrupulous contractors could hire workers from outside of B.C. and perhaps even temporary foreign workers from outside of Canada. As was the case in the construction of the Canada Line. Workers were brought in from Latin America and paid $3.47 per hour. Even at Site C 'Non-Building Trades portion of work' 20% of workers are not from B.C. Preference for hiring should be given to qualified local workers first, at a salary that allows them to support their families and invest in their own community.

 

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Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

The Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America has developed a fact sheet in response to several questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK here for the Coronavirus FACT SHEET. Last updated March 20, 2020

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Preparation and Response

First known as the novel coronavirus, the virus now referred to as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the number of cases in the U.S. and Canada continues to rise. It’s now critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Risk in the U.S. and Canada

Current risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada varies by community based on the extent of the outbreak and the success of mitigation efforts. About half the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. It’s estimated over 80 percent of those infected will experience only mild symptoms.

However, even people at low risk for serious health complications should take steps to protect groups who would be at higher risk if they got the virus.

Risk for more serious health effects is highest among:

Older adults (age 60 and up)
People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer)
People with weakened immune systems
The majority of deaths caused by COVID-19 have occurred among people falling into at least one of these higher risk categories.

Transmission & Diagnosis

Transmission: spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through regular breathing. Being in close proximity (less than six feet) to an infected person, especially in enclosed spaces, can result in transmission. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object with the virus on it, followed by touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands can spread the virus.

Diagnosis: If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. A lab test may be performed and sent to the CDC.