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BREAKING: ICI painters, tapers to strike Monday

Don Wall
BREAKING: ICI painters, tapers to strike Monday

Unionized painters and tapers in Ontario’s ICI sector are set to strike Monday morning, June 20, after turning down the latest contract offer from the Painters Employer Bargaining Agency.

The two trades would join the glaziers, their colleagues in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), in the job action. The glaziers began their strike June 13.

The tapers and painters voted 40 per cent against the latest offer June 15, leaving IUPAT executives to opt to take the strike action the next morning.

The union had asked for a no-board report from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development on May 27 and subsequently received the report, leaving them in a position to strike after the mandatory 17-day waiting period.

The tentative deal rejected June 15 was the second proposed deal that the tapers and painters have rejected. The wage offer on the table for the tapers was $8 over three years while the painters turned down $5 for three years.

Neither representatives for the employees nor the employers bargaining agencies would comment on the development.

Previous strikes by carpenters, demolition workers and operating engineers were called off after new contracts were ratified.

Three-year contracts in the ICI sector expired April 30. Most of Ontario’s 25 ICI trades have negotiated new deals that will last to 2025.

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