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MARCH 2015
The Canadian Business Journal
changes. I’ve been pursuing this for 15 years but
there’s never a Bill written on it. It gets to the point
where guys are unwilling to travel because they
can’t write off those basic living expenses,” he says.
First Nations & Women
The two areas Telford admits have remained rel-
atively untapped as far as recruiting tradespeople
are women and First Nations.
“We have to get the message out to women
that they are more than welcome in the trades.
The job site has changed. It’s not like it was 15
years ago. They’ve done exceptionally well on the
welding side and a number of successful female
electricians. We want to improve in getting more
women engaged. The other area we are con-
scious about doing a better job for is First Nations.
We are not going to change our standards to let
people in, but the opportunity is there, we want to
embrace female and 1st nations.”
The UA pays for a program in Edmonton called
Trade Winds whereby the union bring 16 to 20
First Nations applicants into the union hall where
they are put on a six to eight-week program to
show them a bit about each and every trade. At
the end of program, each individual’s strengths will
be assessed to where they are best suited to be a
crane operator, or a welder as example.
“We attempt to get them out to the unions
and we don’t get paid for that,” Telford reveals.
“We’ve had classes go through 16 or 18 students
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