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The BTA coordinates and promotes the interests of 18 Alberta local skilled trades unions, whose more than 60,000 members work in the residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance, and fabrication industries.

The BTA:

  • promotes a safe industry
  • works to influence legislation, regulation, and government sentiment toward organized labour,
  • creates and participates in alliances and partnerships with owners and contractors,
  • participates in boards, associations, committees and other industry groups,
  • develops programs that support under-represented groups in the trades, and
  • develops programs that highlight the value of unionized labour in order to help create more work opportunities for our members.

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Friday 4th September 2020, 10:39

Building Trades of Alberta

Please see important Labour Day message from Building Trades of Alberta Executive Director Terry Parker below.

On Labour Day, thank the workers who get us through these trying times

Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last few months, the meaning of Labour Day should take on a whole new appreciation for everyone.

While the large barbecues, events and celebrations we’ve come to associate with the last long weekend of summer are - rightfully - on hold this year, the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the status quo and tossed out routine, has also highlighted the vital role workers play in keeping our communities healthy and our society running.

So, to our brave frontline health-care workers who toil through the virus day in and day out, putting themselves and their families at risk in order to protect us, thank you.

To our courageous grocery store workers who labour in terrifying times to ensure we have access to the necessities of life, thank you.

To our transit workers facing daily exposure to make sure the public gets to work, their doctor or to see a struggling loved one, thank you.

To our heroic emergency services workers who keep our neighbourhoods secure, our streets safe and deliver timely care to those who need it most, thank you.

To our bold truckers and transport workers who venture out despite lockdowns and outbreaks to keep our supply chains moving, thank you.

To our devoted teachers educating our kids for the future in the face of fear and the unknown, thank you.

To our strong construction and maintenance workers who pick up their tools every day to build crucial infrastructure, ensure the safe operation of our refineries and who keep our economy moving, thank you.

You are our union members. You are our community members. You are our heroes.

This Labour Day, and for all the Labour Days to come, remember the roles workers played in getting us through COVID-19, because without their resolve and courage, the hard moments of the last half year could have been catastrophic.

Terry Parker,
Executive Director, Building Trades of Alberta

BTA proudly represents more than 60,000 skilled trades workers from 18 Alberta union locals

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Please see important Labour Day message from Building Trades of Alberta Executive Director Terry Parker below.  On Labour Day, thank the workers who get us through these trying times  Without question, Labour Day 2020 feels much different than it has in the past. But as we look back on the difficult times we’ve all faced the last few months, the meaning of Labour Day should take on a whole new appreciation for everyone.  While the large barbecues, events and celebrations we’ve come to associate with the last long weekend of summer are - rightfully - on hold this year, the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the status quo and tossed out routine, has also highlighted the vital role workers play in keeping our communities healthy and our society running.  So, to our brave frontline health-care workers who toil through the virus day in and day out, putting themselves and their families at risk in order to protect us, thank you.  To our courageous grocery store workers who labour in terrifying times to ensure we have access to the necessities of life, thank you.  To our transit workers facing daily exposure to make sure the public gets to work, their doctor or to see a struggling loved one, thank you.  To our heroic emergency services workers who keep our neighbourhoods secure, our streets safe and deliver timely care to those who need it most, thank you.  To our bold truckers and transport workers who venture out despite lockdowns and outbreaks to keep our supply chains moving, thank you.  To our devoted teachers educating our kids for the future in the face of fear and the unknown, thank you.  To our strong construction and maintenance workers who pick up their tools every day to build crucial infrastructure, ensure the safe operation of our refineries and who keep our economy moving, thank you.  You are our union members. You are our community members. You are our heroes.  This Labour Day, and for all the Labour Days to come, remember the roles workers played in getting us through COVID-19, because without their resolve and courage, the hard moments of the last half year could have been catastrophic.  Terry Parker,
Executive Director, Building Trades of Alberta  BTA proudly represents more than 60,000 skilled trades workers from 18 Alberta union locals  https://bit.ly/32YPr6J

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UA488✊

ATU 569... unified in solidarity

424 👌

IBEW Union Proud

Be thankful.

IBEW Local Union 424

Right back at ya brothers and sisters

Thanks for brass pools.

Local 92

222

Union proud

Local 92 strong

CUPE - Local 30 proud! ✊

Are you ready to man a tent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from fall until spring. AUPE did and I was proud to stand with them.

Millwrights Local 1460

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Friday 28th August 2020, 9:34

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IN THE LOOP - FALL 2020

In this issue: Path Forward, BTA's Indigenous youth outreach campaign; Insulators Local 110 organizing win; Build Together, Women of the Building Trades - Alberta; spotlight on Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters & Allied Workers 1325 and more.

Check it out: bit.ly/3jtH6yR

Also, watch the powerful Path Forward video starring Edmonton Oilers Ethan Bear, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Billy Morin and Ironworkers Union Local 725's Jasmin Smith: bit.ly/32C02Er
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IN THE LOOP - FALL 2020  In this issue: Path Forward, BTAs Indigenous youth outreach campaign; Insulators Local 110 organizing win; Build Together, Women of the Building Trades - Alberta; spotlight on Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters & Allied Workers 1325 and more.  Check it out: https://bit.ly/3jtH6yR  Also, watch the powerful Path Forward video starring Edmonton Oilers Ethan Bear, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Billy Morin and Ironworkers Union Local 725s Jasmin Smith: https://bit.ly/32C02Er

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Lazarus Bull

Laurie Catherine Trigg Samantha Callioux

Abdul Malik

He's so handsome

I have SO much love and respect for this young man😊. Good work Ethan for staying true to yourself and your heritage😊

Is there a program for our boys to be introduced to the trades?

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Thursday 27th August 2020, 9:42

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Big thanks to Insulators Local 110 for having BTA to the hall last night for a great chat with members via Zoom.

Good discussions on everything from the Building Trades of Alberta Training Society - BTATS, to labour legislation, bargaining and more.

Always great to connect with affiliates!
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Big thanks to Insulators Local 110 for having BTA to the hall last night for a great chat with members via Zoom.  Good discussions on everything from the Building Trades of Alberta Training Society - BTATS, to labour legislation, bargaining and more.  Always great to connect with affiliates!

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Thanks for your attendance and comments. Hopefully more members will tune in next time

Tuesday 25th August 2020, 10:27

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Keystone XL Pipeline providing union jobs in Alberta

On Aug. 5, TC Energy announced a project labour agreement with four U.S. building trades unions to ensure the Keystone XL pipeline on the American side is “built by the highest-skilled and highest-trained workforce.”

There is no doubt the unionized building trades brings both peak quality, safety and the most accomplished skilled tradespersons to any job. This is true on both sides of the border.

Much of the work on the Alberta portion of Keystone is done by Building Trades of Alberta affiliates, including welders and pipefitters (United Association Local 488), Teamsters 362 and Liuna Construction & General Workers Union Local No.92.

With billions being invested from the province in this project, it’s reassuring to know its construction is employing many Albertans in the organized skilled trades.

BTA has long supported Keystone XL and many other pipeline and energy developments. These projects provide good-paying jobs for Albertans and contribute greatly to the health of our province’s economy.

Terry Parker, BTA Executive Director

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Keystone XL Pipeline providing union jobs in Alberta  On Aug. 5, TC Energy announced a project labour agreement with four U.S. building trades unions to ensure the Keystone XL pipeline on the American side is “built by the highest-skilled and highest-trained workforce.” 
There is no doubt the unionized building trades brings both peak quality, safety and the most accomplished skilled tradespersons to any job. This is true on both sides of the border. 
Much of the work on the Alberta portion of Keystone is done by Building Trades of Alberta affiliates, including welders and pipefitters (United Association Local 488), Teamsters 362 and Liuna Construction & General Workers Union Local No.92.  With billions being invested from the province in this project, it’s reassuring to know its construction is employing many Albertans in the organized skilled trades. 
BTA has long supported Keystone XL and many other pipeline and energy developments. These projects provide good-paying jobs for Albertans and contribute greatly to the health of our province’s economy.  Terry Parker, BTA Executive Director  Web link: https://bit.ly/3hwq4zw

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Are the pensions of these unions invested into union supporting corporations?

When will a barrel of crude oil equal west Texas crude? When will Alberta stop giving away their crude oil to greedy and opportunistic exploitive corporations?

We are very happy to see Albertans and many others in Canada and the U.S. getting back to work with good-paying jobs on projects, such as Keystone XL, that pay the bills and put food on the table. #TimeToBuild #KeystoneXL

I am 100% Behind Alberta Oil , Always Have Been And Always Will Be

I support Alberta oil. Onward, forward .... let's make this happen Alberta.

Im a b welder how would this original aboriginal get signed up asa 488 member ???

So Proud of Being Part of TC Energy 🤗❤

Well let's get going! Let's build pipe!

I hope it gets fully built. However I have serious doubts

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Friday 21st August 2020, 12:27

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Great pic of the Teamsters 362 Motion Production Division from Keep Alberta Rolling. Check them out for info on some big time Alberta-made TV and film productions 🎥🚚We work wherever the light takes us 🌅

Teamsters 362

📸 Joanne Jacobson
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Great pic of the Teamsters 362 Motion Production Division from Keep Alberta Rolling. Check them out for info on some big time Alberta-made TV and film productions 🎥

Proud to be part of Centre for Suicide Prevention's "Buddy Up" campaign, which encourages men to have conversations with their pals & support them if they’re struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more about this important campaign https://bit.ly/36eoWhd #ableg #abtrades

Recently @UACanada 496 BM Trevor Robertson visited the new #yyc cancer centre - being built w around 200 496 mbrs - to deliver important shirts. Mbrs wrote names of ❤️ ones touched by cancer on each one. The pride in building a facility to help beat cancer can't be overstated.

Great @insulators110 organizing win at Adler Firestop! Unionization happened b/c of Nonie Patoc & his determination to bring the benefits of unionization to workers & the company (now winning new work). From BTA's In the Loop: https://bit.ly/3jtH6yR #abtrades #ableg #ablabour

Congrats @ualocal488's Sabrina O'Brien, a steamfitter recognized as Canada's top woman in the trades. She won the 2020 ACTIMS award after competition btw the top 50 women in the CDN bldg trades. The mom of 4 is the 1st pipefitter to win! https://bit.ly/3hq11Nr #abtrades #ableg

19 years ago, almost 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks in the US, including a number of building trades & other union sisters & brothers. Today we remember the victims, both of the attacks & those who succumb to injury & disease in the months & years following. Never forget.

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Get to Know the BTA

The Building Trades of Alberta is about PEOPLE, PARTNERSHIPS and COMMUNITY. We coordinate and promote the interests of 18 Alberta local trade unions whose 60,000 members work in the residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance and fabrication industries. We 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 $7.6 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.