Key benefits of the negotiated employment contract include: what is „community benefits?” There are many types of community performance agreements. Typically, a CBA is an agreement that establishes recruitment rules for publicly funded infrastructure projects. As a general rule, there will be provisions for the hiring of skilled local workers and for under-represented groups, including Aboriginal people, apprentices and women in the professions. CbAs also contain provisions for union wages and ensure that there are no work stoppages (strikes, lockouts) during construction. The coalition has renewed its campaign against the province`s CBA. It submits that four public works projects established under the agreement together recorded additional cost overruns of $384 million. Affected workers say the CBA will increase the cost of the Pattullo Bridge replacement project by $100 million. They are also concerned that 85 per cent of the country`s construction workers are not part of the construction unions, which are the necessary option under the government agreement. Why this is important: The Court of Appeal will decide whether the BC Supreme Court or the Employment Agency is the appropriate forum to hear the concerns of a coalition of contractors and unions about the agreement. CBAs contribute to the completion of public projects on time and on budget and provide benefits to the municipalities in which they are built.

CBAs ensure that taxpayers` money is reinvested in local communities and that there is a lasting legacy of experience, skills, training and employability among the workers who built the project. What happened: The province`s Community Benefits Agreement is once again in front of a B.C. Those who oppose the agreement want to overturn a verdict in the first instance that their challenge should be brought before the BC Labour Relations Board. As part of the government`s new Community Benefits Agreement, a new Crown Corporation, BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc. (BCIB), is providing a diverse and skilled workforce for some major public infrastructure projects. BCIB will hire project workers and work with unions and contractors to send labour and manage payslips and benefits. „With this agreement, we are not only investing in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but we are investing in good jobs and new opportunities for people living in B.C. And by focusing on developing learning for B.C. youth, we are helping to build the next generation of B.C construction workers.” The first projects under the new Community Performance Framework are the new Pattullo Bridge and the four laning projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta. The application for qualification (RFQ) for the pattullo bridge replacement project has been released.

Why can`t entrepreneurs hire whoever they want and pay what they want? In the absence of provisions for local and union wage requirements, unscrupulous contractors could hire workers from outside B.C and possibly temporary foreign workers from outside Canada. As with the construction of the Canada Line. The workers were abducted from Latin America and paid $3.47 an hour.