Mayor Comments on LIUNA Picket Line and Civic Centre Cladding Project

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The Labourer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1036 set up a picket line at the Civic Centre Thursday morning, concerning a grievance they have filed related to the Civic Centre cladding project.

Lou-Anne Young sat down with Mayor Christian Provenzano on Monday to talk about the issue  between LIUNA and the Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 2486.

The city went with Cyreault, as they offering the lowest cost by $3 million. The next bid up would be $3 million more, which  Provenzano says is difficult to accept – as it is a huge difference that would fall on the shoulders of taxpayers.

Cyreault is carpenter’s unionized, not labourer’s unionized.

“We directly contracted with a carpenter’s-unionized outfit, who agreed to use unionized labour. We satisfied our obligation in our opinion,” Provenzano said.

LIUNA believes Cyreault shouldn’t have been chosen because they weren’t unionized both ways.

Provenzano believes, whatever the decision by the labour board is, could result in a change in the construction-employer designation the Sault has. We are one in four Ontario cities that have this designation, and this ultimately means that any work tenderized by the city has to be unionized.

For more information on the picket line, click here.