The NDP-Green coalition has given a handful of politically friendly unions a monopoly on big provincial construction projects:
This blatant political payback to the NDP’s biggest donors means that 85% of BC construction workers – those who belong to the wrong union, or no union at all – don’t get to work on these projects. And taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars in extra costs:
- The cost of the Illecillewaet four-laning project on Highway 1, the first contract awarded under the NDP’s union benefits agreement, is facing a 35% cost overrun – an additional cost of $11,000 for every metre of road.
- The Pattullo Bridge replacement is estimated to be at least $100 million over budget – with no additional lanes.
- Based on this trend, planned SkyTrain expansion could cost at least an extra $1 billion.
- According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the NDP’s union benefit agreements could add an additional $4.8 billion in additional labour costs to the province’s current capital budget – or $3,996 for a family of four.
With all that money going straight into the pockets of John Horgan’s friends, some projects like the George Massey Tunnel replacement, commuter rail in the Fraser Valley, the Surrey or UBC Skytrain won’t get built for years…if ever.
BC can do so much better.
A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will end the NDP’s overpriced deals with their union buddies and stand up for fair deals on construction, supporting the rights of construction workers to belong to whatever union they choose, or no union at all.
We successfully blocked the NDP from scrapping the secret ballot for union drives – but there’s a lot more work to do.
That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.
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