The Ministry of Transportation announced today a seven-year agreement with Mainroad Contracting to maintain highways in the East Kootenays.
“This is good news for our members, the travelling public, and other stakeholders who rely on well-maintained highways, roads and bridges in the area,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “Our local crews know the local roads. The collective agreement we have with Mainroad ensures that our well-trained, experienced members will continue to maintain highways in the East Kootenays. This will also protect sustainable, family supporting jobs in the region.”
“Today’s announcement assures continuity of service and stability for the travelling public,” said Rory Smith BCGEU vice president Operational Services (Component 10). “Our frontline members want to work with Mainroad to ensure roads in the region are safe and maintained to the highest standards.”
Prior to today’s announcement, BCGEU members negotiated and ratified a seven-year collective agreement with Mainroad in the event that they were the successful bidder.
More than two dozen highways maintenance contracts will expire across all of B.C. in the next few years. The B.C. government needs to make safe roads – not cost cutting – the priority. This means all requests for proposal must ensure that well-trained, experienced highways workers are retained in the event the maintenance contracts change hands.
The BCGEU’s Safe Highways campaign has promoted public awareness about issues related to highways maintenance.
Please sign our petition. And ask your friends and family members to sign it. Visit SafeHighways.ca and let the Premier know you want her to make safety the priority
through professional, experienced, highways workers maintaining our roads.
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