TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Local 183 of the Labourers International
Union of North America (LIUNA) announced today that they have entered
into a Unity Coalition for the 2013 and 2016 raiding periods.
The Unity Coalition includes the following construction unions:
Labourers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 183
Sheet Metal Workers, Local 51
Sheet Metal Workers, Local 285
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipefitting Industry of Canada and the United States (UA), Local 46
UA, Local 853
Teamsters Local 230
Canadian Construction Workers Union
Brick and Allied Craft Union, Local 2
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793
Bricklayers, Masons Independent Union of Canada Local 1
Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada
Marble Tile and Terrazzo Local 31
LIUNA Local 506
The unions have agreed to a peace and solidarity pact where no member
will raid the other and all will support any member defending a raiding
union. "I am proud of the new level of cooperation between our
unions. We all agree it makes more sense to organize than attack each
other. Make no mistake though, we are all unified and mobilized. A
fight against one will mean a war with us all." said Local 183 Business
Manager Jack Oliveira.
In Ontario, construction unions are required by legislation to enter
into three-year collective agreements, at the end of which rival unions
can try to raid each other during a three-month window.
The parties to the Coalition have also agreed to a speedy jurisdictional
dispute process within their group should there be a need for quick
resolution to work site disputes over who is to perform work on
coalition job sites. The coalition is governed by consensus and has put
together a fund for the 2013 raiding period. The agreement renews
every four years.
Oliveira added, "Many said this agreement would never come together.
Once again we have proven our detractors wrong. Local 183 remains
committed to doing all that is necessary to protect the interests of
our members and their families."
LIUNA Local 183 is North America's largest construction union,
representing over 32,000 members primarily in the Greater Toronto Area,
with additional offices in Barrie and Cobourg. Members work in the
construction industry including sewer and water main, residential,
industrial, road construction, bridge building, pipeline, utilities and
SOURCE: Universal Workers Union, Local 183
For further information:
General Counsel, LIUNA Local 183
(416) 241-1183 x6558