Union-Management Partnership

Union-Management Partnership

The four pipeline craft unions, who partner with PLCAC regular member firms, are: The Labourers’ International Union of North America; the International Union of Operating Engineers; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

There are presently twelve collective agreements administered by the PLCAC that cover the type of work performed by regular member firms of the Association in Canada.

Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council

Since 1969, the Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council (CPAC) has provided ongoing labour relations innovation, leadership and stability in the Canadian pipeline construction industry, through a joint union-management body made up of PLCAC senior officers and senior international union representatives from the four pipeline craft trades, which:

  • Maintain harmonious relations through mutual respect, active joint-governance and collaboration;
  • Maintain an expedited Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism called the Pipeline Industry Grievance Panel (PIGP);
  • Participate in industry-funded Training Trust Fund facilities for pipeline-specific craft and trade skills training across provinces;
  • Assure security of skilled labour and services for pipeline construction and renewal projects throughout co-operative approaches to pre-project engagement, planning and coordination;
  • Review jurisdictional disputes as they arise and are related to the assignment of work, and facilitates steady work continuation without slow down and/or work stoppage;
  • Participate in industry promotion and outreach with stakeholders including client, government, Indigenous and public engagement;
  • Provide industry career pathway tools and tool kits for educators, labour and member firms; and
  • Sustain industry development activities through an employer contribution as based on the hours worked under pipeline agreements.

Last updated: July 10, 2017