EllisDon could find relief from long-forgotten agreement

1958 ‘Sarnia agreement’ – rediscovered in 1986 – requires construction giant to hire from union pool: OLRB
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

A private member’s bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature to assist construction giant EllisDon in its efforts to free itself from a working agreement that dates back to 1958.

Bill 74, introduced by Tory MPP Monte McNaughton, would amend the Ontario Labour Relations Act to end bargaining rights recognized by working agreements entered into before 1979 between an employer and a council of trade unions. Ontario currently has a Liberal minority government.