EllisDon could get relief from forgotten agreement

1958 ‘Sarnia agreement’ requires construction giant to hire from the union pool: OLRB
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2013

A PRIVATE MEMBER’S bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature to assist construction giant EllisDon in its efforts to free itself from a working agreement that dates back to 1958.

Bill 74, introduced by Tory MPP Monte McNaughton, would amend the Ontario Labour Relations Act to end bargaining rights recognized by working agreements entered into before 1979 between an employer and a council of trade unions. Ontario currently has a Liberal minority government.

This amendment would affect the absolute bargaining rights the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 586 and the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers Conference (OSMWRC) Local 539 currently claim with EllisDon through an agreement that was signed in 1958.