Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

March 29, 2005 16:30 ET

Construction Trades support Bill 144

Labour relation reforms necessary to return fairness and balance to Ontario workplaces Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2005) - The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario and the Laborers' International Union of North America (Central and Eastern Canada Region) have congratulated Ontario Labour Minister Chris Bentley on his remarks marking the beginning of second reading debate of Bill 144 - the Labour Relations Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004.

"Bill 144 represents an important step in returning balance to labour relations in Ontario," said Patrick J. Dillon, Business Manager for the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. "Ontario works best when there are fair and balanced labour laws that protect workers and their right to organize, something the previous Tory government failed to recognize."

Bill 144 offers a series of amendments including restoring the powers of the Ontario Labour Relations Board; allowing for card-based certification in the construction sector; and repealing legislation on union decertification posters in the workplace.

"These measures are a move in the right direction," said Joseph Mancinelli, Vice President and Regional Manager for the Laborers' International Union of North America (Central and Eastern Canada Region). "We believe that this is the right approach to labour relations and we support the Minister's efforts."

Second reading will continue until the bill is referred to committee for public consultation.

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Further information contact:

Patrick J. Dillon (416) 828-6617

Joseph Mancinelli (905) 522-7177
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