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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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Tuesday 25th February 2020, 16:22

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Meet Alanna, leader within Build Together - Women of the Alberta Building Trades and National Manager of Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Relations with UA Canada 🤩Meet Alanna - Build Together Alberta Chapter Member, UA Canada member, Skilled Trades Professional, Leader, Mother, Mentor and so much more! #IWD2020 ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Alanna, leader within Build Together - Women of the Alberta Building Trades and National Manager of Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Relations with UA Canada 🤩

Monday 24th February 2020, 11:28

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Read the full media release from Building Trades of Alberta on Teck's withdrawal of the Frontier project from the regulatory review process here: bit.ly/2T9r4OZ ... See MoreSee Less

Read the full media release from Building Trades of Alberta on Tecks withdrawal of the Frontier project from the regulatory review process here: https://bit.ly/2T9r4OZ

Monday 24th February 2020, 9:14

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MEDIA RELEASE: Building Trades of Alberta disappointed in withdrawal of Frontier regulatory application

EDMONTON – The Building Trades of Alberta is disappointed to learn that Teck Resources removed the Frontier project from the regulatory review process from the federal environmental assessment process last night.

“BTA has long-pushed for the Frontier oil sands mine project and to learn yesterday that Teck withdrew its regulatory application is distressing to our organization and the more than 60,000 affiliate skilled-construction trades members we proudly represent,” said BTA Executive Director Terry Parker.

“The responsible resource development plan Teck had for Frontier, coupled with the thousands of jobs its construction would’ve created, the agreements it had with all 14 Indigenous communities in the area, and the billions in government revenues it would have generated means Alberta workers and our economy will suffer.”

On Jan. 7, BTA sent a letter to Federal Environment Minister Wilkinson pushing for the project’s approval. A final decision on the mega-project was expected by Feb. 28, 2020.

The letter to Wilkinson, outlined the economic benefits of the project, the industry-leading and exceeding environmental provisions in place, and the extent of consultation that had gone into planning Frontier.

The Building Trades of Alberta promotes the interests of 18 Alberta union locals and more than 60,000 skilled-trades women and men around the province.

Click here to read on web: bit.ly/2T9r4OZ

For more information:

Tyler Bedford, BTA Director of Communications: tbedford@bta.ca
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MEDIA RELEASE: Building Trades of Alberta disappointed in withdrawal of Frontier regulatory application  EDMONTON – The Building Trades of Alberta is disappointed to learn that Teck Resources removed the Frontier project from the regulatory review process from the federal environmental assessment process last night.  “BTA has long-pushed for the Frontier oil sands mine project and to learn yesterday that Teck withdrew its regulatory application is distressing to our organization and the more than 60,000 affiliate skilled-construction trades members we proudly represent,” said BTA Executive Director Terry Parker.  “The responsible resource development plan Teck had for Frontier, coupled with the thousands of jobs its construction would’ve created, the agreements it had with all 14 Indigenous communities in the area, and the billions in government revenues it would have generated means Alberta workers and our economy will suffer.”  On Jan. 7, BTA sent a letter to Federal Environment Minister Wilkinson pushing for the project’s approval. A final decision on the mega-project was expected by Feb. 28, 2020.  The letter to Wilkinson, outlined the economic benefits of the project, the industry-leading and exceeding environmental provisions in place, and the extent of consultation that had gone into planning Frontier.  The Building Trades of Alberta promotes the interests of 18 Alberta union locals and more than 60,000 skilled-trades women and men around the province.  Click here to read on web: https://bit.ly/2T9r4OZ  For more information:  Tyler Bedford, BTA Director of Communications: tbedford@bta.ca

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What is the Building Trade’s position on the decision of Alberta’s government to ditch pricing on carbon, and having a plan to work in environmental protections into legislation? The absence of these things has clearly made capital inaccessible. Clearly alluded to in Teck’s written statement.

Trudeau is awesome

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:15

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Check it out! Build Together - Women of the Alberta Building Trades gave more than $4,500 to the Centre for Suicide Prevention yesterday in Edmonton.

Build Together is a group of unionized building trades women who promote skilled trades careers to underrepresented groups across the province 👊🏽👊🏻👊🏾Giving back to our community! Money raised from our curling bonspiel to go to the Centre for Suicide prevention!
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Check it out! Build Together - Women of the Alberta Building Trades gave more than $4,500 to the Centre for Suicide Prevention yesterday in Edmonton.  Build Together is a group of unionized building trades women who promote skilled trades careers to underrepresented groups across the province 👊🏽👊🏻👊🏾

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Great work for an important cause.

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Read the full media release from Building Trades of Alberta on Teck's withdrawal of the Frontier project from the regulatory review process here: #ableg #abtrades https://t.co/4ySrnZP1zO

“Local communities across AB would've seen significant new economic opportunities become available with employment of local people,” said Lionel Railton, Executive Board Member, CBTU, on Teck's decision to withdraw Frontier application:

https://buildingtrades.ca/2020/02/24/cbtu-disappointed-by-tecks-decision-to-withdraw-frontier-oil-sands-project-application/

👀 Build Together - Women of the Alberta Building Trades gave over $4,500 to the Centre for Suicide Prevention Friday in #yeg
BT is a group of unionized building trades women who promote skilled trades careers to underrepresented groups across AB 👊🏼👊🏾👊🏻 #abtrades #ableg

Meet Marlee. For the past two years, BTA has sponsored Marlee’s support training through @DogswithWings - She’s graduating next month and is off to Lethdridge Victims’ Services to work with and support children who have suffered through traumatic experiences. Good luck, Marlee!

BTA with @EdmontonOilers Ethan Bear, Treaty Six Grand Chief Billy Morin and Ironworkers 725 Jasmin Smith. Stay tuned #btapathforward #abtrades #ableg

Unions fight to raise wages; help ensure benefits and pensions; improve workplace health and safety; support and strengthen our communities and more. Why? Because when you’re part of a union, you’re part of a family. Happy Family Day from BTA!

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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.