First labour agreement signed on Canada Line rapid transit by jayjkayelle


									December 15, 2005                                     For Immediate Release

  First labour agreement signed on Canada Line rapid transit project
InTransitBC announced today that a project labour agreement to construct sections of the
new Canada Line has been signed with the Canadian Association of Skilled Trades

CAST, the newly named bargaining council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners of America Locals 1907 and 1541, will work with the RSL Joint Venture to build
the elevated portion of the Canada Line through Richmond and part of Vancouver for

The scope of work covered by the agreement includes the off-site manufacturing facility
for making the pre-cast concrete guideway segments as well as the on-site erection and
construction of cast-in-place rail structures.

“In a word, the project agreement is terrific,” said Michael Autzen, Secretary-Treasurer
of CAST. “It means a lot of work for our members at competitive market rates and good
working conditions.”

The elevated section in Richmond, including two new bridges across the Fraser River, is
anticipated to generate more than one million hours of work. In total, there will be
approximately 300 CAST members working on the Canada Line over three years. The
positions will include carpenters, labourers, cement masons, ironworkers and equipment

One of the key elements of the project agreement is a commitment to training. Under the
agreement, CAST and RSL will provide a 10,000-square-foot training centre on Annacis
Island to provide trade specific training as well as all necessary safety skills such as First
Aid, WHMIS, and Fall Arrest. The training centre will continue beyond the current
Canada Line project and will allow training that begins on this project to be completed on
future jobs.

“What we liked about the CAST proposal was their access to labour resources, the
commitment to training, and being able to obtain all trades from one Union,” said Joint
Venture Manager Dave Weatherby. “This agreement allows us to realize the benefits of
an “all-employee” collective agreement.”
CAST has entered into understandings with other trades such as the Ironworkers and the
Operating Engineers to ensure a steady supply of qualified trades people. This project
agreement also builds the foundation for training and sustainable employment
opportunities for local First Nations.

The Canada Line is the new rapid transit line that will connect Vancouver with central
Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), linking growing residential,
commercial, health and educational centres. The Canada Line will add 16 new stations
and the equivalent of 10 major road lanes to Greater Vancouver’s rapid transit network.

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver
Transportation Authority (TransLink), and Vancouver International Airport Authority
provide funding for the Line, which is also supported by the Cities of Vancouver and

InTransitBC signed a fixed-price, date-certain contract with RAV Project Management
Ltd. in July 2005. InTransitBC will design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance
the Canada Line.

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For more information contact:

Steve Crombie                                Michael Autzen
Vice President, Public Affairs               Secretary-Treasurer
InTransitBC                                  Canadian Association of Skilled Workers
(604) 605-5997                               (604) 880-4628
                                             (604) 524-6900

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