Income Tax Assessments – CRA Meeting Update

We are pleased to report that a meeting with the CRA has now been confirmed for Thursday April 26, 2018. Six CRA officials including two from Ottawa will join Business Managers and Representatives of the Building Trades for a round table discussion. In attendance for the Boilermakers will be Business Representatives Jordan Streng and Rob Kappel. An update will be provided after the meeting.

Burnaby/Sumas Mountain Tank Farms

On April 12, 2018 members of the Bargaining Council were invited to a meeting with representatives of Kinder Morgan to discuss the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project and related work in Burnaby and Sumas. Kinder Morgan has chosen Kiewit-Ledcor TMEP Partnership as their EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contractor. This project like many others we see today is touted to be an open managed site, very similar to Site C where Union, non-union or alternative unions work on the same job site. The meeting was primarily held as an information meeting with Kinder Morgan wanting the Building Trades to know that there would be an opportunity for Union contractors to bid on all available work and that several packages have already been let to Union contractors.

Of interest to the Boilermakers is the two tank farms. Kinder Morgan reported that they intend to build a total of fifteen tanks and demo one of the older existing tanks. Fourteen of the fifteen tanks are to be built on Burnaby Mountain, the other on Sumas Mountain. The tanks were described as 150 feet plus in diameter with a total storage capacity of about 5.5 million barrels of oil.

As you probably know by now, Kinder Morgan has put a halt to all non-essential work on the project. A deadline of May 31, 2018 has been set for the British Columbia government to guarantee that work can proceed unabated.

We will keep you updated as more information comes available.

Income Tax Assessments Update

On the morning of April 10th during the Bargaining Council meeting, Business Representative Jordan Streng was invited to speak to the Council regarding the recent flood of tax assessments that the members of the Boilermakers and other affiliated Trades have faced in British Columbia. Please be aware that we are not the only Province in this predicament, this affects all Canadians in similar circumstances.

Brother Streng reported that he had been approached by a senior CRA official from the Vancouver office and that official was requesting a meeting to discuss our concerns. The Bargaining Council was very receptive to Brother Streng’s report and have asked that he contact this official again in order to make arrangements for a face to face meeting with Business Managers and Business Reps from all crafts.

We will update this post once a meeting date has been arranged and will also report the outcome of the meeting.