TORONTO — A labour dispute involving Local 183 of the Labourers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and several residential contractors threatens to disrupt residential builds in the GTA, according to the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON).
RESCON charges that LIUNA and its partner, the Masonry Contractors’ Association of Toronto (MCAT), are unlawfully threatening builders and stucco workers who are not aligned with LIUNA in an attempt to keep them off jobsites that LIUNA claims are its territory.
RESCON said in a statement, “On March 4, the OLRB ruled that Local 183 threatened an unlawful strike and committed acts that would lead bricklayers to engage in an unlawful strike, by illegally threatening builders with removing bricklayers from jobsites if they contracted stucco contractors not bound to a Local 183 collective agreement. Builders have no obligation to use a Local 183 stucco contractor to complete their houses.”
LIUNA is preparing a response to the RESCON charges; watch for a full report on the disruption coming soon to the Daily Commercial News.