TORONTO, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - LIUNA Locals 183 from Toronto and 625
from Windsor today demanded the government call an immediate moratorium
on harassment by enforcement officers and granting any new compulsory
trade status by the Ontario College of Trades.
"Charging around the province slapping charges on hardworking men and
women has to stop," said Rob Petroni, Business Manager for LIUNA Local
625, "Our members have been doing this work for decades with the
blessing of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The College has
no business saying otherwise."
Earlier this year, a College of Trades enforcement officer charged
Stacey Electric for using Local 625 workers in Windsor. The charges
will either be heard by a Justice of the Peace or in Provincial Court.
The charge claims the members were not allowed to do the work, even
though jurisdiction has been granted to LIUNA long ago.
"The College of Trades is also walking all over the decisions of the
OLRB on scope and Jurisdiction by considering making more trades
compulsory. This will drive up costs and could put thousands of our
members out of work," said Jack Oliveira, Business Manager of Local
183, "Simple, non-hazardous work does not need to be done by licensed
LIUNA is calling on Ontario to transfer the College enforcement officers
to the Ministry of Labour and impose an immediate moratorium on any new
LIUNA Local 183 is North America's largest construction union,
representing 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
LIUNA Local 625 represents nearly 1400 Windsor area workers in the
industrial, commercial, institutional, heavy civil, residential,
broader power, and utility construction sectors.
SOURCE: Universal Workers Union, Local 183
For further information:
Jack Oliveira 416-241-1183
Rob Petroni 519-737-0373