B.C. Supreme Court Clears Way for Challenge of Horgan Government’s Lopsided Labour Rules
Vancouver (July 23, 2019) – Today’s decision
by the B.C. Supreme Court is a major step forward in the effort to protect the
rights of the majority of the province’s construction workers, according to the
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies employ
thousands of construction workers across B.C.
The B.C. Supreme Court has cleared the way for PCA
and others to proceed with their challenge of the Horgan government’s “Building
Trades Only” requirement for building public projects.
“We’re delighted that our concerns have been taken
seriously enough to be heard by the province’s highest court,” said Paul de
Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Forcing
85 percent of B.C.’s construction workforce to join a union of the government’s
choice is not only unconstitutional, it’s just plain wrong.”
It was one year ago, that the Horgan government announced
new infrastructure rules that force the province’s construction workers to join
the Building Trades Unions (BTUs) in order to work on public projects, even
though the BTUs constitute just 15 percent of B.C.’s construction workforce. The
same rules are also driving up public infrastructure costs by millions of
“If Premier Horgan is sincere about helping communities and training underrepresented groups, he should go back to square one and come up with a labour model that benefits all British Columbians, not just his buddies in select Building Trades Unions,” added de Jong.
summer, PCA launched its #MoneyWellWasted campaign to help draw attention to the
rising public costs and unfairness of the NDP government’s rules for building
public infrastructure. PCA also joined a coalition of like-minded organizations
that are challenging those rules in court.
About the Progressive Contractors
Association of Canada (PCA)
offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized
employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are
responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects
in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction
across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled
construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.
For further information, contact:
O’Brien, Danna@obriencommunications.ca 416-500-0699