Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

March 11, 2005 07:00 ET

Canadian Construction Association Condemns Manitoba Floodway Agreement's Preferential Procurement Policy



MARCH 11, 2005 - 07:00 ET

Canadian Construction Association Condemns Manitoba
Floodway Agreement's Preferential Procurement Policy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - The Canadian
Construction Association (CCA) today condemned the provincial Manitoba
government's decision to require contractors bidding on the Manitoba
Floodway Expansion Project to adopt a union-preferenced labour policy.
The provincial Manitoba Floodway Authority announced yesterday that
contractors wishing to bid on the $660 million Floodway project would be
required to adopt union wage rates and adopt union practices. For
instance, all contractors would be required to pay union dues of $2.83
per hour in 2005 and $2.91 per hour in 2006, disclose all employee names
and addresses to the government, hire from union halls, and require
union approval for the workplan and crew composition.

The Canadian Construction Association, which represents the interests of
the non-residential construction industry in Canada with over 20,000
corporate members in an industry with over 1 million employees, has a
long-standing policy stating that all publicly-funded projects should be
tendered in an open, public, and non-preferential manner. CCA believes
that publicly-tendered projects should contain no preferential policies
favouring union or non-union contractors, region of origin, or any other
form of preference. Such a policy has been long held as a means to
ensure a level playing field for all Canadian contractors. Yesterday's
announcement by the Manitoba Floodway Authority is in direct violation
of this long-standing national construction industry policy.

"The Floodway Authority's, and by extension, the Manitoba government's
decision to favour union-only labour policies is a slap in the face to
the long-held principles enunciated by the Canadian Construction
Association," stated Murray Farmer, who earlier today took over as Chair
of the Canadian Construction Association. "I find it sad that on the
same day as I take over as Chair of the Association that represents an
industry employing over 1 million workers in Canada, that the
construction industry in Manitoba is faced with such a blatantly unfair
and discriminatory policy from the Manitoba Government. On behalf of
the Canadian construction industry, I would strongly urge the Manitoba
government to set an example of open, fair and non-preferential
procurement practices by withdrawing this project management agreement
and introduce an agreement that better respects the rights of all
contractors in the Province of Manitoba, whether they be union or
non-union contractors. Furthermore, as a full partner in this project,
the federal government also has an obligation to speak out against this


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