Unions help make life better for everyone


A union helps neutralize pay discrimination. The most recent reports from the Canadian Labour Congress shows:

  • For women in a union, the weekly pay advantage is 35% or $7.10/hour more than non-union women in the workforce.

  • Young union workers earn about 27% more with a Union in their workplace.

  • Aboriginal workers earned $6.51/ hour more with a Union.

  • New Canadians (landed immigrants) earned $3.97 more per hour with a Union in their workplace.

Our Union, Local 1611, through its officials and representatives, bargains with employers to reach collective agreements on behalf of our Union members. This bargaining may include the negotiation of wages, holiday entitlement, work practices, dispute procedures, workplace safety, recruitment, disciplinary protocols, health, pension and other benefits. Whether you work in the construction or security sector, Local 1611 is here to represent and protect our members in their place of employment. Everyone deserves to make a “living wage,” which means to earn a wage you can raise a family with.

What do unions lobby for?

Better Wages


Job Security

Occupational Health and Safety

Holiday Pay

Overtime Pay

We help our members build better lives by putting the interests of workers first. Our contractors are industry leaders who work with our membership to provide careers, not just jobs.

Need advice? Call our confidential hotline

Not sure if you are getting the correct pay and entitlements for your job? If you have a have a problem at work, our Union can provide you with expert advice on your rights and entitlements. If you need help at work, but afraid to contact us, no worries… you can call our CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE 604-538-6928 *Translators are available.

We can represent you… Join us! 

Everyone who works in British Columbia is entitled to join a Union.

LiUNA Local 1611 is currently looking for Pipelayers and Gradespeople with a minimum 5 years’ experience to work within British Columbia. Contractors are seeking experienced individuals that are local residents to each project site. These are not “camp” or “living out allowance” postings. If you have these specific qualifications, field experience and would be interested in joining Local 1611, please submit your application resume, photo(s) of your current tickets a reference or two – preferably a Supervisor or Foreperson.