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Everything they need to know is in the Hamilton story of how one union, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 18, is set to make a mess of Hamilton.
For decades, up until 2005, the City of Hamilton employed a few carpenters who were members of Local 18. In September, 2005, four such union members were on the city payroll. On Sept. 12, the union -- launching a new expansion strategy --held a "certification vote" among the four carpenters on whether to certify the union as the bargaining agent for all construction carpentry work performed by or for the city.
Two of the four workers voted in favour of certification. Under Ontario labour law, those two votes were enough to lock in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) as the exclusive union for all city work.