The National Skilled Trades Council brought 180 delegates to London, Ontario from February 7-9, 2020. The Council meets three times a year and the conference was hosted by the London Area Skilled Trades Council.
The council sessions were led by National Skilled Trades Council Chairperson Dave Cassidy and featured a report by Shane Wark, Assistant to National President, Jerry Dias on the ongoing Co-op refinery dispute in Regina.
“Ask yourselves, is it fair that a company can set up a scab housing development months before a contract deadline, hire scabs, lockout its own workers, decline binding arbitration and leave workers on the street indefinitely or until they capitulate to the company demand to gut pensions” said Wark. “A system that permits employers to use scabs is a broken system. That is why Unifor will continue to push for anti-scab legislation right across the country.”
Delegates spent part of the council reporting on issues facing skilled trades members in their workplaces, including new technology, collective bargaining, work ownership, apprenticeships and much more.
“We continue to grow our National Skilled Trades Council from coast to coast to coast since the inception of Unifor,” said Cassidy. “I cannot thank the delegates enough for the ongoing support as we build our council in each and every sector of our union.”
John Breslin, Unifor Skilled Trades Director reported on trades issues within different sectors of the union. He also updated delegates on the various ways the Skilled Trades Department continues to support skilled trades members across the country.