Building and Construction Trades Department Endorses CANDU for Canada

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - The Canadian Building and Construction Trades
Department, AFL-CIO (BCTD), representing more than 400,000 construction trade
workers from 15 international trade unions in Canada, is endorsing CANDU
nuclear technology as the best choice for Canada's next nuclear power plant.
    BCTD has joined the ranks of a growing number of organizations that have
formalized their support for CANDU technology in Ontario by becoming an
Associate Member of Team CANDU.
    "We are encouraged by the leadership Team CANDU is taking in the renewal
of Canada's nuclear industry and in bringing us together to secure a long-term
place for Canada's nuclear technology at home and around the world," said
Robert Blakely, BCTD Director of Canadian Affairs, "As an Associate Member, we
look forward to our opportunity to work with Team CANDU in building new CANDU
plants here in Canada and internationally."
    Created in 1908, the BCTD has helped its affiliated building trades
unions to make job sites safer, deliver apprenticeship and journey-level
training, organize new workers, support legislation that affects working
families and assist in securing improved wages, hours and working conditions
through collective bargaining.
    BCTD will support Team CANDU in the future construction of Advanced CANDU
reactors (ACR 1000's). Approximately 2,500 construction workers will be needed
to support the build of twin ACR-1000 units in Ontario.
    "Becoming a Team CANDU Associate Member helps us fulfill one of our
department mandates," says Blakely, "which is to secure BCTD job opportunities
- something the Made-in-Canada CANDU solution will deliver."
    "The fact that the BCTD is supporting CANDU new-build in Canada speaks
volumes of their confidence in CANDU technology," says Joe Howieson, Team
CANDU Project Director. "Team CANDU will be backed by the thousands of BCTD
skilled workers - who will in turn benefit from projects here and from
manufacturing for projects exported around the globe."

    About BCTD

    The North America-wide BCTD AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour -
Congress of Industrial Organizations) coordinates activities and provides
resources to 15 affiliated trade unions in the construction and manufacturing
industries. It has 386 state, provincial and local councils in Canada and the
United States.

    About Team CANDU

    Team CANDU is a joint initiative lead by five of the world's leading
nuclear technology and engineering companies - Atomic Energy of Canada
Limited, Babcock & Wilcox Canada, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.,
Hitachi Canada Ltd., and SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. Together, the Team is a
power-house of expertise, resources and experience offering a guaranteed
delivery model for building new nuclear power plants in Ontario.
    Team CANDU Associate Members include the Organization of CANDU
Industries, Municipality of Clarington, Power Workers' Union, Canadian Nuclear
Workers' Council, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the Asthma
Society of Canada and The Canadian Building and Construction Trades Department

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Robert R. Blakely, Director of Canadian
Affairs, Building and Construction Trades Department, (613) 236-0653

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