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$8.5 Billion Refinery Being Built in Sturgeon County

David Howell from the Edmonton Journal talks to Ian MacGregor, president, CEO & board chair at North West Upgrading Inc. about the refinery.

Unions Give Back to Fort McMurray

The General Presidents' Maintenance Committee and its member unions have made a million-dollar commitment to Fort McMurray and the Northern Lights Health Foundation.

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July 29, 2015
Good afternoon, everybody! It is amazing how much is always going on with the Building Trades. Many locals have golf tournaments throughout the summer, for example.  Local 1 just had their tournament last weekend (photos here) and the Boilermak...
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July 21, 2015
Hey, everybody! What a full week. Like I mentioned before, I am spending lots of my time meeting some of the awesome people that I get to work with and people who work so hard to contribute to the great things that the BTA and the Local Unions are a...
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Remember a couple weeks ago, I posted about "Mother" Jones leading the 148-mile "March of the Mill Children", starting on July 7, 1903 from Philadelphia to President Roosevelt's Oyster Bay, Long Island Home? Well, on today in 1903 (22 days later), they arrived. The walk was to protest working conditions and reduce children's work week to a mere 55 hours. When they arrived, they were not allowed through the gates. 33 years later, national legislation was put into place to protect young workers. #TWiU
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Good morning! Have you signed up yet for the Solidarity Slugfest? September 12-13 at the Okotoks on Deck Recreation Park. Contact to register or to sponsor. 2014 was a blast, 2015 looks to be even better! Confirmed teams so far include UA Local 496 Plumbers & Pipefitters, Ironworkers Local 725,Sheet Metal Workers Local 8, Carpenters & Allied Workers Local 2103, Operating Engineers Local 955, and Construction & Specialized Workers Local 1111. Surely there are other Locals who think they have what it takes to take on these teams? Sign up deadline is August 4, so grab your bat, grab your balls and contact Willow.
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This week's poll is up at Stop by and share your answer - see how you match against your brothers and sisters. #qotw
Go answer the new Question of the Week at Find out how your colleagues answered too. #qotw
Long weekend bonus: tix for the next Shell Scotford and NWR raffles will be $20 instead of $10, DOUBLING the potential payout! #BTAraffle
Canadian Building Trades Monument Public Art Competition



The Building Trades of Alberta is about PEOPLE, PARTNERSHIPS and COMMUNITY. We represent 75,000 skilled building trades professionals working in 16 trade unions in Alberta. We provide solutions to meet the challenges of an ever-changing industry in an energy conscious world.

  • We work on Industrial, commercial, and institutional construction projects – as well as on maintenance projects – throughout Alberta.
  • We partner with contractors and employers to deliver projects on budget and on schedule.
  • We provide the most reliable, productive, and safest building trades workforce available.
  • We believe in investing in our people. We are the largest supporters of apprenticeship and training for building trades workers in the private sector. Our union training facilities and programs set the standard in the construction industry.
  • We believe in investing in Alberta and in our communities. Through the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation, our members have donated over $5 million to worthwhile charities throughout Alberta.

Who are the Building Trades of Alberta members? We are your friends, your neighbours, and the volunteers that make our Alberta communities better places to live.