Generally speaking, a CBA is an agreement that sets recruitment rules for publicly funded infrastructure projects, such as schools, roads and dams. The Pattullo Bridge replacement project as part of a CBA is an example of a publicly funded infrastructure project. During the development of the CBA Directive, we looked at the public, a large number of non-profit and community organisations, as well as the real estate development sector. We met: Concerned workers say the CBA will increase the cost of the Pattullo Bridge replacement project by $100 million. They are also concerned that 85 per cent of the province`s construction workers are not part of the construction unions required by the government`s agreement. We will continue to identify the different perspectives of poverty-sedded residents, collect contributions from employers, the voluntary and social sector of businesses and the development community. With a CBA, a developer commits to taking action, goals, and results in employment and acquisition in a community where development is taking place or with groups seeking justice in neighboring communities. "We want to make sure we train people for the future, so we don`t face a shortage of skilled labor that we face today." The Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) and others argue that part of this plan – the requirement that workers join one of the 19 unions – is contrary to workers` freedom of association. A coalition of contractors and construction unions this week resumed its legal challenge to the provincial government`s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) — a framework to ensure local recruitment, priority hiring and apprenticeships for certain public infrastructure projects. "We are absolutely committed to this. One of the things is the investment in women in handicrafts. The Community Benefits Agreements are open to all, to all professions," said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transport.
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