~ For Immediate Release ~
December 6, 2022
LiUNA Re-Affiliates with Provincial Building Trades Council
(Toronto, ON) “Today is a great day for unity among all construction workers,” declared Marc Arsenault, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), commenting on the Labourers’ International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) decision to re-affiliate with the Council. “Having LiUNA back at the table strengthens unity and solidarity among Ontario’s construction craft unions and we’re very excited to embark on a new chapter of co-operation with the Labourers,” he said.
“LiUNA represents over 90,000 men and women who build up our communities and strengthen our province. Through the strong partnership of affiliated unions and collaborative advocacy of the Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council, we are working together to advance opportunities for a skilled workforce, working in tandem to empower stronger futures for unionized construction across Ontario,” said Jack Oliveira, Business Manager, LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council. “On behalf of LiUNA, we look forward to continue working with Marc and the PBCTCO to move our industry and province forward, uniting our collective commitment to the highest standards of health and safety, empowering opportunities for an equitable workforce, attracting talent and building a resilient path forward,” added Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada.
“Throughout the last two-and-a-half years, the Labourers took on an a very proactive role by working with the Provincial Building Trades Council to help ensure that construction workers were kept safe and that adequate occupational protocols were implemented on construction jobsites to keep the industry open in the midst of various lockdowns affecting other sectors of the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted PBCTCO President James Hogarth. “It’s great to see LiUNA coming back,” he said. “Their return essentially formalizes the excellent working relationship we’ve had in dealing with COVID-19 and with efforts to improve training, attract and retain women and other underrepresented groups to the trades, and securing infrastructure investments,” observed Hogarth.
“I would like to thank LiUNA’s leadership, especially Brothers Joe Mancinelli and Jack Oliveira, for re-affiliating with the Provincial Building Trades Council. Today’s decision reinforces the concept of the Building Trades having a ‘Unified Voice Under a Single Banner’ which resonates powerfully with all Building Trades workers as we continue to build our province,” concluded Arsenault.
The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario represents 14 construction craft unions with a total membership of 150,000 workers. For more information, please contact Business Manager Marc Arsenault:
Telephone: (647) 402-0390