For Immediate Release
LiUNA Local 183 members in residential sectors start job action.
TORONTO – Members of LiUNA Local 183 that work in various sectors of the residential construction industry were forced to go on strike in support of fair compensation and workers’ rights. High Rise Forming, Self-Levelling Flooring, House Framers, Tile installers, Railing Installers, and Carpet and Hardwood installers have all rejected proposed settlements. The job action, by over 15,000 skilled construction Labourers could impact both ground related and high rise multi family residential builds across the GTA. Local 183 requested fair compensation for its members given the ongoing increases to the cost of living that is being experienced across Ontario.
These are mature collective agreements, some of which have existed for more than 30 years. These workers build high rise and low-rise housing throughout the GTA.
“LiUNA Local 183 members were deemed essential throughout the pandemic and continue to serve in one of the GTA’s fastest growing construction sectors,” said Jack Oliveira, LiUNA Local 183 Business Manager. “Our members are at the frontlines of the region’s growth and deserve fair pay and benefits for their work and service to the community.”
LiUNA Local 183 is calling on the Contractors’ Associations to return to the bargaining table with the employment terms which address the costs of inflation and demands on the sector over the coming years. Employers in other construction sectors, and in other parts of the residential sector, offered employment terms and conditions which better reflected the current cost of living, and anticipated increases in inflationary pressures over the life of the collective agreement.
“The residential sector is amongst the most in-demand industries for the GTA and will continue to be sought after for years to come. They deserve compensation that reflects their contributions to the industry,” added Oliveira. “Our members work hard and are critical to building housing across the GTA. We’re ready to get back to work, but the Contractors’ Associations needs to offer a fair proposal that respects our members and the work that they do.”
LiUNA 183 asks residents to respect the picket line and appreciates their support.
Jason Ottey, LiUNA Local 183