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March 29, 2016
In the last two blogs, we talked about what the BTA does to coordinate and promote the interests of our 16 affiliated unions, how we support our 75,000 members and how we work to enhance the environment that we all participate in through our constant efforts with relation to government and industry. Well, two weeks ago, a new organization was created, with the BTA sitting on the board. This new organization is dedicated to the advancement of petrochemical manufacturing and hydro-carbon refining in Alberta, with an end-goal of expanding the presence these industries have in our province and, as a result, create more jobs for skilled tradespeople.
The Resource Diversification Council is a partnership between leaders of Alberta’s energy sector and labour and related industries which will help Alberta grow existing industries and create new ones, open up new markets internationally, support local job growth and continued apprenticeship opportunities, foster environmental leadership and develop new revenue streams for the Government and industry.
All of these things benefit our membership in one way or another, which is why the BTA is so excited to be a part of this initiative. Other organizations represented on the RDC board include NOVA Chemicals, NW Refining, Williams, Keyera, Agrium, Stantec and CLR.
Having a team that is composed of both industry and labour is key, because providing a united voice when talking with the government makes it far easier to be heard: if the government knows that labour and industry want the same thing, there is nothing left for government to do but find a way to make it happen.
The Building Trades of Alberta is proud of the work that our members do and we are proud to work to support them through initiatives like the RDC.To learn more about the RDC, check out this article from the Edmonton Journal or visit the RDC website.
What do you think about work like this? Do you agree that it is important to develop downstream opportunities and to perform more refining here in Alberta? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or at email@example.com.