OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Mike Gallagher, business manager of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, says he fully supports amendments being proposed by the Ontario government to Schedule 17 of Bill 70.
"The government is recommending changes that will make Bill 70 better for all the trades and the public," he said. "The changes will address concerns that had been raised by industry stakeholders and go a long way towards improving the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act."
Gallagher and representatives of the union had met with Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn and ministry staff to discuss the Bill, as well as language in the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that will protect and promote the trades in Ontario.
The union is pleased that amendments being proposed require the Ontario Labour Relations Board to recognize and give consideration to the duty to protect the interests of the public and "objects" or core responsibilities of the College of Trades when reviewing decisions made by College inspectors.
"These changes are important because they will ensure that the original vision of the College of Trades is maintained," said Gallagher. "Going forward, inspectors from the College of Trades will have the tools to maintain professional standards and ensure the public is adequately protected."
Gallagher said Local 793 was in a good position to work with the government on this because the union represents operators in compulsory trades like tower and mobile cranes, as well as voluntary trades such as concrete pumps, excavator, dozer and tractor-loader-backhoe vocations.
"It was important to balance the interests of both certified and non-compulsory trades," said Gallagher. "These proactive changes will go a long way towards making the Bill better for all trades."
The amendments will be presented Dec. 6 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents more than 14,500 highly skilled crane and heavy equipment operators across Ontario. The union has a head office, banquet hall and training campus in Oakville, and another training campus in Morrisburg.
SOURCE International Union Of Operating Engineers - Local 793
For further information: Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher, 905-469-9299, ext. 2202