TORONTO — After nine weeks, the strike by unionized sheet metal workers in Ontario’s ICI sector is over.
Just past noon on July 8, the Sheet Metal Workers’ and Roofers’ Conference announced its members had ratified a tentative deal that had been reached June 28 with the Ontario Sheet Metal Contractors’ Association.
Ratification votes were held across the province the week of June 29 to July 6. Votes were still being counted the morning of July 8.
The timing of a return to work was not immediately known.
A note posted on Facebook from the union stated, “Your negotiation team wishes to again extend their thanks to our members and their families for their support on the picket line, at the union meetings and in our communities.”
The contract covers May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2022. The total pay package increase for sheet metal journeypersons and sheeter deckers is $4.55 over three years. Negotiators for the union had previously noted they successfully resisted demands “for concessions on hours of work and the hiring hall.” For Toronto’s Local 30, that means sheet metal workers retain a work week of 36 hours and siding and decking will work 37.5 hours per week.
The strike had a significant impact on jobsites across province, stakeholders noted recently.