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His mechanical company in Ontario was “unionized without a vote”

"It is dirty, sneaky, underhanded and unconstitutional in my opinion..."

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January 4, 2019 by canadiancontractor

I am a small contractor in a mechanical field. Recently my company was unionized without a vote: just stolen away from me in the middle of the night. My employees were skilled tradesmen, made good money and were given a ton of perks they couldn’t get anywhere else. When the Application to Certify was allowed by the OLRB (Ontario Labour Relations Board), all my guys quit and went off to other companies, and that didn’t matter. Now two office staff, and three people who didn’t want to join a union but were never asked or given the option, will be out of a job, plus two other people who share a building with us because we won’t be able to split the rent.

My company works in a sector that is traditionally non union, so I am now completely uncompetitive from a price point. I guess I could go after work at inflated prices for the various levels of government in this province, but I would just feel dirty. I don’t actually have an issue with unions, but in Ontario the way things are currently working, the unions run the show. It is dirty, sneaky, underhanded, unconstitutional in my opinion, and just a mess. I have to restrain myself from going on a potty-mouthed tirade. Just a joke.




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