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More than 15K members of carpenters’ union in Ontario could strike as of Monday

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WATCH: Around 15,000 carpenters walked off the job in Ontario in a strike over pay. The labour action could further delay projects that are already behind. Sean O'Shea reports – May 9, 2022

More than 15,000 members of a carpenters’ union in Ontario who work in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector of the construction industry could be on strike as of Monday.

The Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario (CDCO), United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, announced Thursday that its members voted by a “huge margin” to reject the employers’ last offer.

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Mike Yorke, the president and and director of public affairs for CDCO, said the union hasn’t been on strike in the aforementioned sector for 34 years.

Yorke said the union wants to see wages increased.

The union hopes that a deal can still be reached before Monday and a strike can be averted, Yorke said.

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The CDCO is composed of 17 local unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across Ontario and represents around 25,000 workers in a variety of skilled trades.

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