Former W.A.C. Bennett employee says unions are essential for desired Site C results

Jack Whittaker says he worked on the W.A.C. Bennett dam near Hudson’s Hope more than 50 years ago and that having union workers on Site C will get the project done on time and on budget.

Crown-owned B.C. Hydro says it plans to have union and non-union companies and workers at Site C.

Energy Minister Bill Bennett says he will meet Whittaker and others but will tell them that Site C will be built with a combined labour force.

Tom Sigurdson of the B.C. and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council says an open-shop site on Site C will create chaos and likely increase costs as companies compete for a limited pool of skilled workers.

Last month, Premier Christy Clark intervened to reverse B.C. Hydro’s decision to switch to an open-shop format that would prohibit union organizing on the Site C project.

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