Since Monday, carpenters in the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sector have been striking. The provincial-wide strike aims to increase the carpenter’s wages.
Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario (CDCO) members recently voted by a huge margin to reject the employers’ last offer.
CDCO president Mike Yorke says carpenters worked hard during the pandemic to keep building critical infrastructure.
“Because of this, and because of the rising cost of living, we believe that wages now have to be increased,” says Yorke. “Nobody wants to go on strike.”
The Union’s ICI sector last went on strike 34 years ago.