There has been a breakthrough in negotiations between the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario and the Carpenters Employer Bargaining Agency.
Carpenters’ president Mike Yorke has reported the negotiators reached a tentative agreement on April 23, with the union leadership recommending ratification. Membership votes will take place the week of April 29 and the following week, with May 9 targeted for final tallies.
“We are confident of ratification,” said Yorke.
No details of the deal were released.
There was also a tentative settlement reached by the sprinkler fitters and their employers on April 25.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario finalized 14 agreements on Feb. 13, with workers given raises averaging out to two per cent per year. But until the Carpenters’ and their employers reached their tentative settlement, there had been stalemates in the other 24 trade sectors.
According to a status report given by Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario executive director Wayne Peterson, as of April 23, there were no board reports arising out of negotiations involving the labourers, elevator workers, plumbers and steamfitters, sheet metal, operating engineers and roofers.
The unionized ICI sector negotiates every three years in Ontario, with March 1 marking the start of open season for negotiations and current contracts expiring April 30.
“I am surprised, we have never had one that has gone this route, with so many people not settled before April 30,” commented Peterson.
Strikes or lockouts may be called for 17 days after a no board report has been issued.