TDSB Snubs Students and Parents by Passing Up on Major Cost Savings
Toronto (July 2, 2019) – In a move that defies
logic,the cash-strapped Toronto
District School Board has blindly followed the lead of Toronto’s Mayor and City
Council,by voting toopt out of Bill 66 and substantial
savings, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). Instead,
the school board has endorsed the continuation of a labour monopoly that
charges hugely inflated costs for building and repair work and prevents the
vast majority of workers and companies from building school projects.
board owes students and parents an explanation,” said Sean Reid, Vice President and Regional
Director, Ontario, for PCA. “It is completely irresponsible to put the
interests of select labour groups ahead of students, teachers and
opting out of Bill 66 and a competitive construction market, the TDSB has
missed out on savings of between eight and 15 percent on public construction
work. That’s anywhere from $12 million to $26 million in cost savings each and
every year, according to the Cardus think tank. It is widely accepted that when
there are more bids for construction work, costs come down.
TDSB is in no position to pass up on huge savings, and banish good companies
and workers from building and repairing schools,” added Reid.
TDSB has been strongly criticized in the past for its exclusive contract with
tradespeople who charged $3,000 to install a school electrical outlet and $143
to install a $17 pencil sharpener.
About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
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 municipalities.
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