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Plumbers, pipefitters to vote on proposed deal May 5

Plumbers, pipefitters to vote on proposed deal May 5

TORONTO — Plumbers and pipefitters in Ontario’s ICI sector will be voting on a proposed three-year deal May 5 after a stalemate on wages was broken May 2.

The two sides had been far apart on financial terms but the deal brokered this week contained an offer of a 12.5 per cent raise over three years.

The workers, members of UA, would be in a position to strike if the deal is not ratified. Negotiators for the employee bargaining committee have not con-firmed if a strike would follow a rejection of the offer.

It was reported raises would be structured as follows: first year, $3; second year, $2.51; and third year, $2.51.

Three-year contracts in the ICI sector expired April 30 meaning employees still on the job are working under the terms of the old deal.

Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers voted to strike May 1, rejecting a proposed settlement.

Elsewhere, representatives of the ICI roofing and sheet metal trades had scheduled meetings this week with their respective employer bargaining agencies. Mike Mahon, business manager for the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ and Roofers’ Conference, indicated the roofers’ meeting was scheduled for May 4 and the sheet metal negotiators were to meet May 5.

ICI members of the Carpenters’ union have been holding ratification votes over the past two weeks after a tentative deal was reached, with a final tabulation expected shortly.

Electricians and Ironworkers were the first ICI trades to settle, in February and March respectively.

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