TORONTO – Carpenters’ Local 27 has reported it has requested and received the resignation of one of its members “in response to a racist and hateful act at an Eglinton Crosstown LRT jobsite.”
“After a review of the events that took place, severing this individual’s connection and membership was the appropriate action,” stated the release, issued late afternoon on July 29.
Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney reported on Twitter the previous evening that she had learned a noose was found at a Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) worksite. CTS is the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT for Metrolinx.
“This is disgusting and unacceptable. I have spoken to the CEO @Metrolinx and the @TorontoPolice hate crime unit was called to investigate,” Mulroney tweeted.
A Toronto Police Services spokesperson confirmed that a noose was found and that an investigation was underway.
It was the fourth reported incident of a noose being found at a Toronto construction site since the beginning of June.
The Carpenters’ statement said, “Local 27 denounces these acts in the strongest terms, and supports our industry employer colleagues in their swift removal of the individual. Behaviour that makes anyone feel unsafe on construction worksites will not be tolerated, and accountability rests on everyone in the industry to create safe and respectful workplaces.”
The release said the worker had recently joined the union.