The hir­ing pri­or­ity

Unions to get first kick at the can

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSS MAIR

In light of the mega-projects tak­ing place in the prov­ince, es­pe­cially at the Bull Arm and Long Har­bour sites, thou­sands of skilled trades work­ers will be em­ployed in the com­ing years.

At the Bull Arm site alone, the con­struc­tion of the grav­ity based sys­tem and com­po­nents for the He­bron project is ex­pected to cre­ate 15 mil­lion work hours.

The well-doc­u­mented skilled trades work­ers short­age in New­found­land and Labrador will mean many of those jobs will be filled by work­ers com­ing in from out of prov­ince and coun­try.

At an isth­mus re­gional readi­ness and in­dus­trial ben­e­fits plan­ning study, held in Arnold’s Cove on Jan. 18, the ru­ral sec­re­tariat in part­ner­ship with the Har­ris Cen­tre ex­plained how pri­or­ity will be as­sessed for the jobs avail­able for the He­bron project.

As con­firmed on the Kiewit-kvaerner Part­ner­ship web­site, they are as fol­lows:

Pri­or­ity 1 - Qual­i­fied mem­bers of the 16 Build­ing Trades Unions, who are New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents and on the unions’ out-of-work lists.

Pri­or­ity 2 - Qual­i­fied New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents who are not mem­bers of the Build­ing Trades Unions.

Pri­or­ity 3 - Qual­i­fied Cana­dian work­ers, who are mem­bers of af­fil­i­ated Unions of the Build­ing Trades Pri­or­ity 4 - Qual­i­fied Cana­dian work­ers Pri­or­ity 5 - Qual­i­fied le­gal res­i­dents of the United States of Amer­ica, who are mem­bers of Unions af­fil­i­ated to the Coun­cil of Unions and who are au­tho­rized to en­ter and work in Canada

Pri­or­ity 6 - Other qual­i­fied non-cana­dian work­ers who are au­tho­rized to en­ter and work in Canada

All hir­ing is to be done through the Build­ing Trades Coun­cil of­fice.

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