TRADES NL DEMAND NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS EMPLOYED FIRST – MAKE JOBS A PRIORITY IN THIS ELECTION

Monday, April 29, 2019

News Release

TRADES NL DEMAND NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS EMPLOYED FIRST

MAKE JOBS A PRIORITY IN THIS ELECTION

The Building Trades of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling on political parties and voters to make jobs a priority in the current Provincial Election. There have been many recent announcements of provincial infrastructure projects, mining, and the recent Equinor Bay du Nord oil development, but there has been no discussion of, or commitment to, employment for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

“We are calling on all political parties to support a policy of ensuring maximum local employment in the construction industry for publicly funded and resource development work in our province. I encourage voters to ask candidates for their commitment to ensure the employment of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is made a priority,” said

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL.

Trades NL has written all political leaders asking that they implement a Community Benefits lens on all infrastructure and resource development activity in this province.  Community benefit agreements would include a requirement for successful contractors to submit a plan identifying the local benefits to come from a project, the hiring of qualified Newfoundland and Labrador workers, under-represented groups including apprentices, females and indigenous workers, and the overall benefits to become available to the community through the project.

“Provincial governments right across the country – Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and BC – are implementing community benefit policies as a measure to protect jobs and provide opportunities for their residents.  With all the developments and work planned in our province it is time for our government to follow suit, ensuring our residents are the primary beneficiaries,” said

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL.

The provincial economy is dependent on a strong construction industry which provides well-paying, and rewarding careers. There is no better economic diversification strategy than to ensure public infrastructure and resource development projects in this province employ Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

Trades NL is calling on all members, and voters, to make jobs a priority in this election by asking candidates, and political parties, for their support of, and commitment to, a community benefits policy where local work opportunities benefit local residents

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Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

Media Contact:

Corey Parsons

Manager of Communications & External Affairs

709-832-5116

cparsons@tradesnl.com

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