The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) says that negotiations for the renewal of contracts for the drywall, house framing and residential tile collective agreements have been unsuccessful, resulting in strike votes, with all collective bargaining agreements for residential construction in the GTA expiring on April 30.
“Under labour legislation, the unions representing workers in the above noted agreements are entitled to engage in lawful strike activities,” RESCON said in a news release.
“Upon receiving notice, RESCON advised members that labour disputes are inherently unpredictable and lend themselves to rumours and misinformation. Residential construction builders, stakeholders and homeowners must keep this in mind to ensure the information they receive is accurate,” the news release said.
“At this time, it is impossible to know the potential duration and/or breadth of the labour disruptions. However, it is important to remember that the labour legislation which governs residential construction in the GTA mandates a return-to-work date no later than June 15th.
“Labour disruptions are undesirable for everybody involved. RESCON had been hopeful that negotiating efforts by employers and trade unions noted above would have resulted in ratified agreements,” the RESCON release said.