Strike means Toronto can temporarily stop complaining about construction noise

This nearby construction site has gone quiet and you’re actually doing some work, but don’t celebrate too quickly, as 15,000 construction workers have been on strike since Sunday, bringing residential construction to a standstill across Ontario.

Members of the Workers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 183 have voted on a workplace action that the union says “could impact multi-family, ground-bound residential construction and high rise in the Greater Toronto Area’, following the rejection of all proposed regulations made by contractor associations.

Local 183 has asked for wage increases to reflect the rising cost of living in the province.

The strike affects a long list of workers, including installers of high-rise form, self-leveling form, tile, railing, carpeting and hardwood, who together represent the core of the construction industry of high-rise buildings responsible for the construction frenzy that is taking place in the GTA and beyond.

β€œThe residential sector is one of the most in-demand industries for the GTA and will continue to be in demand for years to come. They deserve compensation that reflects their contributions to the industry,” said LiUNA Local 183 Business Manager Jack Oliveira.

β€œOur members work hard and are essential to building housing in the GTA. We are ready to get back to work, but contractor associations need to come up with a fair deal that respects our members and the work they do.

Wages are obviously a sticking point in Local 183 bargaining, enough to trigger a strike, but that hasn’t stopped some from suggesting union members make the best of a bad situation with their furlough. may unforeseen.

That means temporary calm for the condo crowd, but it also means lost wages for workers, while critics warn of higher construction costs if demands are met.

And in a strange coincidence, the industrial action comes almost exactly 34 years to the day after 10,000 construction electricians went on strike, temporarily halting another major construction boom in Toronto history.

Local 183 has only just begun its industrial action, but its statement on Sunday is accompanied by a call to bring contractor associations back to the bargaining table to address union demands.

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