Community Benefits Agreements Build Manitoba.

Community benefits agreements have been used since the 1960s to protect the safety, security and quality of Manitoba public sector construction jobs. They use Manitoban tax dollars to support work for Manitobans and create training and apprenticeship opportunities for underrepresented groups including youth, women, and Indigenous people. Add your voice to support Manitobans working on Manitoba projects.

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To:
Premier Brian Pallister, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler

The Issue

The Government of Manitoba has sent a clear signal by introducing Bill 4 - damaging legislation that would ban the use of Community Benefits Agreements on publicly funded construction projects.

Community benefits agreements are the foundation of public construction projects in Manitoba. These agreements put quality first and create real benefits like local employment and training opportunities to grow a local skilled workforce. These agreements are a tool to maximize the social impact of public dollars spent on large scale infrastructure in Manitoba.

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I write to show my support for the use of Community Benefits Agreements in Manitoba and to firmly state my opposition to bill 4 or any bill that bans Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs). Like the thousands of other Manitobans, I continue to be disappointed by your government's pursuit to ban these important and beneficial agreements. I thought your government had realized that such a ban would put the interests of out-of-province construction workers, and private contractors, ahead of those of Manitoba workers and communities. CBAs are the number one tool used to prioritize local jobs and on-the-job training while setting standards so that our projects are built to last. Governments of all stripes have realized this and used CBAs since the 1960s. This bill, if passed, would risk the safety, quality and reliability of public infrastructure projects and puts both our workers and communities at risk. CBAs provide pathways for more Manitobans to enter the middle class, economically contributing to the growth of our province. Cheap labour is not skilled and skilled labour is not cheap. We need voices in the Manitoba government who will stand up for workers, both union and non-union. Our workers are second-to-none but deserve opportunities to learn and grow on the job. CBAs provide them with the tools they need. I ask you to put Manitoba workers ahead of out-of-province construction companies looking to decrease spending at all costs. I ask you to focus on both cost and quality so that our communities benefit from infrastructure projects today and into the future. Most importantly, I ask your government to Stop Bill 4.
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