Cape Breton Union Agreements

Over the past two years, Wall and local radio personality Tashia Lee have raised more than $10,000 for the Salvation Army`s Red Boiler campaign by visiting all local construction unions for donations. Clayton Bartlett is the Special Projects Manager for Roclan, a division of Dora Construction, a contractor specializing in larger projects such as the Sydney Navy Terminal and the new Sydney Fire Station. “We have an advantage because we treat each union at the same time,” he says. “I think it benefits everyone here.” But many Cape Bretoners are feeling the positive effects of their efforts. It wasn`t until last fall that carpenters reacted to the Thanksgiving flood with a barbecue to raise money for brookland School, which had suffered devastating damage. The union doubled the money and bought school supplies for displaced students. “The Council was created about 50 years ago next spring 2017,” he says. “It was designed to help the construction industry, with the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Association (CLRA), to have peace in the workplace, so you wouldn`t have two or three different unions that are on strike. The Cape Breton Council is the only multi-union union union in the region — we have 15 unions under one roof. We`re all negotiating together. The Council of Trade Unions also supports continuing education and valuing its affiliation and helps individual unions ensure that craftsmen receive the training they need to be able to work. Union inserters engage in apprenticeships in Nova Scotia and help apprentices either as graduates of community school or when they enter the workforce directly. Typically, it takes three or four years to complete the training and 6,000 to 8,000 hours of learning required to earn your Red Seal certification. “All the locals go above and beyond to take care of their members for craft training,” Wall says.

Many have their own training centres and work with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Province of Nova Scotia. And don`t forget the security. “We spend a lot of money on safety training. A lot! “,” says Wall. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, if you add everything together every year. We take the member one by one and find out what he needs. Contractors are responsible for this, but we try to help the contractor and make the member more able to work. We do not want to send a member to a job without good training. Some of the contractors are helping to pay, and for some unions, this goes beyond what the contractor proposes. “Every construction union in Cape Breton is constantly sponsoring local events, and especially for children, we are jumping on board,” says Jack.