It’s crunch time for two of Ontario’s largest construction unions in the ICI sector as members of the Carpenters’ and Labourers’ unions get set to vote on tentative deals over the next few days.
Members of the Carpenters’ union were asked by union executives to assemble across the province Friday (May 27) to vote on a proposed new contract with an announcement of results targeted for later that same day.
If the members vote to ratify, their strike, now in its third week, would be over and members would return to work the following Monday (May 30).
The members previously rejected the first tentative deal negotiated by their bargaining team and the employers team.
“The full negotiating committee of Local 27 and the full negotiating committee of the Carpenters’ around Ontario is recommending ratification by the members,” said Carpenters’ president Mike Yorke this morning.
There was no picketing in Toronto scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile LIUNA members working as labourers in ICI will be voting on a proposed new deal this week with the results of the vote targeted to be announced by Monday. A new tentative settlement was reached May 19 after the workers had turned down a previous offer.
The labourers have stayed on the job since the expiration of their three-year contract April 30.
Sean McFarling, general counsel for the LIUNA Ontario Provincial Council, reported that LIUNA negotiators have also reached a tentative deal for striking members working in demolition. The proposed settlement was reached May 21 and McFarling said LIUNA hopes to announce the results of that ratification vote next Monday as well.
Bargainers for rodworkers will participate in a Zoom call with a conciliator May 27 while sprinkler fitters are also voting to ratify a deal with final results expected June. 4.
Contracts throughout Ontario’s ICI sector expired April 30.
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