LIUNA Local 183's "best settlements ever" worth hundreds of millions of dollars over next three years; CAW raid a disastrous failure


    TORONTO, May 2 /CNW/ - Members of Local 183 of the Labourers' Union have
overwhelmingly ratified construction industry collective bargaining
settlements worth more than four dollars per hour in wage, benefit and pension
increases over the next three years.
    The settlements affect more than 25,000 of Local 183's members working in
the major construction sectors, from roads and utilities to residential and
commercial buildings and other sectors.
    "These are the best settlements in the 55-year history of our union,
worth hundreds of millions of dollars to our members," said Local 183
Co-Trustees Durval Terceira and Daniel Avero, who led the negotiations.
    "It's a lot of money but it has been - and will continue to be -
well-earned. Our members' skills and productivity are at all-time highs.
Contractors have been doing very well over the past few years and these
settlements are recognition that they owe much of their profitability to the
hard-working members of Local 183.
    "The benefits of these settlements will reach deep into the communities
our members live in. More money will flow into neighbourhood businesses, more
of our kids will have a chance to go to college or university, better benefits
will keep everyone healthier and larger pensions will mean more secure
futures."
    The settlements also put the final nail in the coffin of the disastrous
attempt by the Canadian Auto Workers to raid Local 183. The CAW advanced a
million dollars to the deposed former local business manager, Antonio
Dionisio, to set up the Canadian Construction Workers Union. As of April 30th,
the end of the open season, CCWU's ten full-time staff had managed to certify
only nine members of Local 183. Dionisio had earlier this year publicly
predicted he would lure away 15,000 members, who would follow him into the
CAW.
    "We feel bad for CAW members whose money has been wasted by their
irresponsible leadership," said Avero and Terceira.
    "Buzz Hargrove has been handing out wage and contract concessions like
candy to the auto industry. Now he has spent $110,000 of CAW funds for each
new member brought in by Dionisio's phony new union. The CCWU may be the only
union in Canadian history that has more full-time staff than members. It would
be laughable if it weren't such a tragic waste of workers' money."

    LIUNA Local 183 is North America's largest construction-based local
union. It represents over 30,000 workers in the construction, manufacturing
and service sectors. Its headquarters are in Toronto with satellite offices in
Barrie and Cobourg.




For further information: Daniel Avero, Durval Terceira, (416) 241-1183