April 13 – TORONTO, ON – Today, the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDC) is setting out the facts on Bill 31, which addresses formwork in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Sector in Ontario.
“Though we did not get everything we wanted in this legislation, these balanced changes will ensure the provincial bargaining regime and stable relations in the ICI sector of the construction industry are preserved and protected to the greatest extent possible,” said Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario.
In 2016, following calls from contractors and unions to review the formwork exemption in the ICI construction sector, the government appointed expert labour mediator Kevin Burkett to investigate and make recommendations. Mr. Burkett’s appointment was agreed to by all parties and all parties participated in the review.
Mr. Burkett’s final report noted: “The mandated system of single trade province wide collective agreements in the ICI sector of the construction industry (which recognizes the affinity of trades employees for their craft union) serves an important public policy objective – stable labour relations in the ICI sector of the construction industry – and should be preserved and protected to the greatest extent possible.”
The Minister of Labour then appointed Michael Mitchell – an expert agreed upon by both parties - to advise him on implementing the Burkett recommendations. That led to the specific legislation currently before the Ontario Legislature.
Welcome to the new online home of Carpenters’ Local 27, a local union that represents over 7,500 men and women working across the GTA and surrounding areas.
It is my hope that this newly designed website will provide you with informative content highlighting services and resources available for both members and those wanting to join and learn more about the Carpenters’ Union.
As President of Local 27, it is my responsibility to ensure that all members have access to fair wages, benefits and a secure pension plan. Training is one of the most important aspects of being a member of the Carpenters’ Union. Every member has access to training and upgrading opportunities including both occupational health and safety training along with skill building training for both apprentices and journeypersons.
For well over a century, the Carpenters’ Union across Canada and the United States has worked with industry and government to ensure the rights of our members are protected and that members are given the opportunity to earn a good wage for a good days work. Local 27 members are quality conscious tradespeople committed to our craft. Our record is impeccable and contractors trust our members to be the most productive while being the safest, resulting in the highest quality work.
At home and abroad, the Carpenters’ Union contributes to creating a stronger society while building the infrastructure and opportunity for our future. Please take some time to explore our new online home, and if you have any feedback or comments about the website, please connect with us under the Contact Us section of the website.
Yours in solidarity,
President, Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27