TORONTO — The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) may be issuing a statement at the June 18 Toronto city council meeting where a decision could be made on the City’s future as a construction employer.
Toronto is currently bound to nine building trades unions for ICI work through collective agreements, but if council votes to open up bidding on ICI jobs to open-shop and other contractors pursuant to new provisions in Bill 99, that binding status will come to an end.
TCA president and CEO John Mollenhauer, indicated the TCA leadership was actively seeking input from its members and he would most likely be speaking at the council meeting.
“I would love to comment on that (now) but until we resolve what our position will be at the meeting on the 18th I can’t say because there are different opinions in an organization that represents both perspectives,” he said.
“Our members fall on both sides.”
The Ontario General Contractors Association also has significant representation of unionized and non-unionized contractors and has stated it will not be issuing a comment on the issue.