MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Province to bring back option to use project labour agreements

The MHCA will be seeking meetings to understand fully the NDP government’s intent to repeal legislation, adopted by the Pallister government, that prohibited the use of project labour agreements on publicly funded projects.

Premier Wab Kinew announced on March 6 the introduction of Bill 7, the Public Sector Construction Projects (Tendering) Repeal Act. The act would bring back the option to require unionized workers as a condition of a tender or project labour agreement (PLA).

Labour and Immigration Minister Malaya Marcelino said the bill does not mean all tenders would require unionization.

The legislation would allow the provincial public sector, including Crown corporations and government departments, to require or favour a labour relations model, such as a PLA, in publicly funded projects. Premier Kinew, in media reports, said his government is inclined to use PLAs when tendering major infrastructure projects.

“Labour relations legislation to be successful must be balanced versus overly prescriptive,” MHCA President & CEO Chris Lorenc said. “The back and forth between position extremes does not engender stability; it creates an atmosphere of uncertainty.”

Lorenc said the association will be seeking insight on details.

He said what should be noted and celebrated is the fact that labour relations in Manitoba, certainly in the private sector, have been relatively speaking harmonious, not marked with outbreaks of lock outs closures or strikes.

“That is in part because of a balanced approach to labour relations. That should be the needle for any government regardless of political stripe to want to find with any proposed legislation or regulation.”

Manitoba is envied across Canada, Lorenc said, because it has a Labour Management Relations Committee (LMRC) upon which successive governments – NDP and PC – have relied when proposing labour relations legislation.

‘We assume the current government will follow that well-worn and establish path which solicits and respects advice when charting directions forward.”

No one wants disharmony in the workplace whether related to workplace safety, working conditions or compensation and benefits. The heavy construction industry invests well in the education, training, wages and benefits paid its workforce, that won’t change, he said.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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