We hope that workers in the steel sector will spend the time between now and the next negotiating meeting taking into account the health of the sector and better appreciating the challenges facing our contractors. If they do, we are optimistic that a fair agreement will ultimately benefit the interests (financial, operational and other) of both contractors and union members. If they do not, and if workers in the steel sector continue to reject OAS proposals regarding recruitment and mobility rules and instead demand wage increases without appropriate benefits for contractors, we expect a strike to be inevitable. Unfortunately, to date, railway workers have not been sensitive to the changes that our members have declared necessary to ensure the progress of the industry and to fight competition by non-union or alternative union contractors. While we have made progress on some minor provisions, we have not reached agreement on any of the most important negotiating issues. The last time we met the Ironworkers was on June 27, 2019. At the time, we were discussing proposals for a complete package (including a financial proposal). When it became clear that an agreement was not imminent, we postponed for the day. We have not set a date for future negotiations, but we plan to meet later in July. I am writing an update on the 2019-2022 ICI Sector Collective Agreement negotiations between the Ontario Erectors Association, Incorporated (OAS) and the International Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers and Ironworkers District Council of Ontario (the Ironworkers). We started with the Ironworkers in March 2019 and have met several times since then and focused our discussions on the above issues.

Prior to the commencement of this negotiation, the OAS met with contractors across the province to determine where it believed the collective agreement was unreasing its ability to competitively reward employment and complete work on time and on budget. These discussions highlighted the need for contractors to amend the provisions relating to the occupation of jobs, as well as to unexpected delays or other situations requiring overtime. Categorized in: Membership News, TOP NEWS, Uncategorised A Conciliation Officer (Mediator) from the Ministry of Labour has participated in our last two hearings and we expect him to be present when we meet again. Who works under the current OAS collective agreement To date, no party has asked the Ministry of Labor to publish a «No Board Report,» but it is possible that scrap metal scrap metal workers will request one next week. If they take this step, it is likely that a strike deadline will be set for a date towards the end of July. If you have any questions or would like to continue discussing this issue, please contact me. Update: Please note that there will be a special meeting on the President of the Ontario Erectors Association, Incorporated…