Thursday, August 16, 2007

Construction workers eye strike

article: Edmonton Sun
Some 7,000 carpenters and labourers played catch-up with five other unions last night as they packed a downtown hotel for a strike vote.

"At this point the contractors have not come to us with an offer we can take back to our members," said Martyn Piper, spokesman for the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers.

"The major stumbling block is that we aren't prepared to accept percentage wage increases. That only increases the gap between the trades. We want increases in the contract that are in dollars and cents."

The union members are among several construction trades yet to ratify agreements with the Construction Labour Relations Association, which represents contractors.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is currently voting on whether to accept an offer of a 24% pay raise over four years, which includes inflation protection.

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