PCA Celebrates the End of Hamilton’s Construction Labour Monopoly
Hamilton (June 26, 2019) – Member
companies of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) are
already gearing up to bid on local public projects, now that Hamilton City
Council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of embracing Bill 66 and opening up
construction work to all qualified companies and workers.
“We’d like to
extend our sincere gratitude to the Mayor and City Council for taking a strong
stand and putting a stop to a labour monopoly that’s flourished for years at
taxpayers’ expense,” said Sean Reid, Vice President
and Regional Director, Ontario, for PCA. “Today’s decision is all about
sticking up for taxpayers and treating workers and local companies fairly.
That’s well worth celebrating.”
Since 2005, the
International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has had
exclusive access to taxpayer funded projects in Hamilton.
This unfair practice has prevented many qualified local companies and their
workers from building local projects.
Hamilton city staff estimate that by opening up
competition, taxpayers would realize an average of 21% savings on Hamilton
infrastructure projects. They also noted, in the staff report, other benefits
including increasing qualified bids and access to contractors for emergency
recognition for embracing Bill 66 and all of its benefits,” added Reid.
“Taxpayers will get far better value on construction work, and workers and
companies will get a shot at building local projects. Thanks
to council’s leadership, that’s finally happening.”
About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
PCA is the voice of
progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. PCA member
companies are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada, employing
more than 25,000 skilled construction workers who are represented primarily by
CLAC. PCA promotes fair and open construction tendering in ALL Ontario
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