Ontario glazing contractors and IUPAT going to arbitration
By Patrick Flannery
Initial negotiations between the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades have stalled in Ontario and the two sides are awaiting arbitration.
From ACMCA executive director, Noel Marsella:
“After several meetings with the IUPAT we have not been able to reach a settlement. We are currently waiting for a conciliation officer to be appointed. If a settlement cannot be reached during the conciliation process, the officer will recommend a “ No Board.” Sixteen days following the date of the “ No Board,” the IUPAT may legally call a strike. It is not mandatory, and negotiations can continue if no settlement has been reached by that time.”
A bulletin on the IUPAT website reads:
“The Union is seeking a strike mandate for all members currently working under the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Technician Institutional Commercial and Industrial Agreement. All members are encouraged to participate in this very important process. While our negotiating teams continue to work hard and are hopeful that an agreement can be reached, reality indicates that job action may be required to secure an improved package. While there are trades that have ratified agreements, the construction industry as a whole continues to experience work disruptions. The I.U.P.A.T. remains steadfast in its position that our members deserve their rightful and proper compensation, and a vote for a strike mandate is an important step in this process. All members are urged to participate. Please continue to monitor your e-mail accounts, checking our social media accounts or contact your local union representative for updates during this period. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very contentious bargaining season.”