The largest construction local union in North America
We Are LiUNA!
The Labourers’ International Union of North America (“LiUNA!”) in an international union which represents more than 600,000 workers across the United States and Canada. In Ontario workers are represented through 10 local unions which have different geographic jurisdictions. LiUNA Local 183 is the largest LiUNA local union. Local 183 represents more than 70,000 workers in an area stretching from Kitchener to Kingston and north through Muskoka.
LiUNA Local 183 strives to be the most progressive, aggressive and fastest growing union of construction workers, waste management workers, building service and maintenance, and healthcare workers in Canada. We are the dominant trade union in civil and residential construction – but we are much more than that! More than 8,000 hardworking men and women are represented by Local 183 in non-construction trades.
Founded in 1952 by our first member, Brother Gerry Gallagher, LIUNA Local 183’s mandate was to insure the safety of workers toiling for the Provincial Hydro Commission. With little more than 400 members in their first year, LIUNA Local 183 has grown to now represent more than 70,000 construction workers and their families in the Greater Toronto Area. Our members work in every aspect of the construction industry including; residential, sewer and watermain, road construction, bridge building, pipeline, railroads and utilities to name a few. We have helped make this strong province the vibrant and beautiful place that we all call home.
Toronto and by extension LIUNA Local 183 is more ethnically diverse now than ever before and we are much stronger for it. Like the Cultural Mosaic that Toronto has become internationally known for, LIUNA Local 183 gains strength from each new member from any ethnic community which allows us to grow in industries that are sometimes specific to one ethnic community. Specifically, the construction industry has traditionally relied heavily on immigrants for labour and LIUNA Local 183 has a long history of welcoming and protecting immigrant workers. With each new wave of immigration, the make up of our membership has changed.
Choosing to join a Union is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your working conditions; increase your wages; gain health and welfare benefits; and start a workplace pension. LiUNA Local 183 already represents more than 70,000 workers. Its time that you made the decision to join us. There is strength in numbers.
LiUNA Local 183 is one of the dominant unions in the construction industry. We represent workers in nearly every part of the construction industry:
Heavy Civil and Tunnelling
Sewer and Watermain
Traffic Control Utilities
Landscaping and Fencing
EPSCA and ICI
Residential Construction, including specialized workers engaged in bricklaying and masonry; stucco; concrete and drain; basement forming; hardwood and carpet installation; tiles; house framing; and site labourers and handypersons.
Local 183 has industry leading collective agreements. In may sectors are agreements are subject to accreditation orders so that as soon as a company becomes unionized they are automatically bound to that collective agreement providing you with good wages, benefits and a pension.
Local 183 represents over 70,000 members though its jurisdiction within southern Ontario. As a result of our diversity, LIUNA Local 183 represents over 7,000 members working in the Non Construction (Industrial) Sector, in industries such as:
Health Care Workers
Construction Building Suppliers