Construction trades unions in Ontario trace their origins as far back as the 1800s when Local 18 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters was established in Hamilton and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers opened locals in both Toronto and Hamilton. Over the past century and a half, the Building Trades have developed into effective organizations aimed at providing benefits to members, collaborating with their contractor partners and meeting the needs of buyers of construction.
Stability, innovation and commitment to solve challenges from within characterize Ontario’s Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) construction industry. Provincial legislation mandates province-wide bargaining for all trades in the ICI sector to take place every three years. But, it is the labour and management partnerships that seek continuous improvement (KAIZEN), innovative solutions and high-quality workmanship.
150 YEARS IN THE MAKING
Contractors and labour work together to deliver quality projects safely, on-time, and on-budget. The Unionized Construction Industry works collaboratively to create innovative tools to facilitate labour-management relations and to develop best practices that boost productivity, safety and skills training. These partnerships are built on a solid foundation of over 150 years.