October 5, 2018Workers Call On Pallister Government to Stop Bill 28

Controversial bill expected to hurt local training and employment opportunities.

(October 3, 2018, Winnipeg, MB) Today, over 130 local skilled construction and trade
professionals rallied at the Manitoba legislature to voice their opposition to Bill 28. Bill 28, which
would ban project labour agreements (PLAs) on public-sector infrastructure projects, is
expected to negatively affect local jobs, project safety and construction quality.

PLAs were first introduced in Manitoba by Premier Duff Roblin to mandate quality and labour
predictability on public sector infrastructure projects. Since his time, successive governments of
all parties, as well as private sector builders, have relied on PLAs.

“PLAs are a Tory legacy that have worked for Manitobans for decades,” said Sudhir Sandhu,
chief executive officer of Manitoba Building Trades. “For years, these agreements have moved
the goalposts on construction builds from cost only to cost plus quality, ultimately creating more
jobs for Manitobans. The Pallister government’s move to ban PLAs is short-sighted and will
ultimately hurt the quality and safety of our projects.”

Christina Thiessen, a journeymen steamfitter with United Association of Local 254 also spoke at
the event.

“I don’t know why Premier Pallister is coming after us,” she said. “If he proceeds to
advance this bill, job and training opportunities for local workers, particularly those in
underrepresented groups like women, Indigenous people and northerners, will be placed
directly at risk.”

About Manitoba Building Trades

Manitoba Building Trades (MBT) represents the common goals of more than 8,000 construction
and trades professionals in 13 member unions to deliver safe, skilled and highly productive
labour. MBT delivers cost competitive skilled labour while maintaining the highest standards of
training, wages and benefits and workplace safety. In partnership with other provincial councils
MBT is part of a network of over 500,000 Canadian construction professionals.

About Bill 28

Bill 28, the Public Sector Construction Projects (Tendering) Act, was introduced in the Manitoba
legislature this past May by Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. The bill, which is expected to be
debated this fall legislative session, would ban PLAs, if passed.

Media Contact
Tanya Palson
Manitoba Building Trades
tpalson@mbtrades.ca
O: (204) 956-7425
D: (204) 619-2068

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