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Gordie Howe bridge jobs mapped out in workforce guide

Published: February 14th, 2019, The Windsor Star (Dave Battagello) Construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project is expected to create roughly 2,500 jobs over the next five years. But such a large workforce should create another 1,100 spinoff jobs including additional retail work, food services, health care and service provider jobs such as child care positions, according to a study by Workforce WindsorEssex. “It means we are going to have strong demand for talent going forward,” said Justin Falconer, senior director ... Read more

Workforce WindsorEssex unveils new resources to attract apprentices

Published: February 14th, 2019, The Windsor Star (Taylor Campbell) Workforce WindsorEssex aims to address a local shortage of skilled labourers with a series of new resources that encourage students and jobseekers to peruse apprenticeships. As part of its WEexplore Trades project, the local employment and planning council launched Thursday a career guide, videos, and enhancements to its online job exploration tool to get people interested in skilled trade careers. “The skill shortage right now is definitely in the thousands,” Tashlyn Teskey, project ... Read more

Benefit concert for Kaleb Houle, 13, will go on after he succumbed to cancer

Published: November 13, 2018, The Windsor Star (Trevor Wilhelm) A fundraising rock concert to benefit a young boy battling Stage 4 cancer will continue in his honour Friday after he died over the weekend in a London hospital. The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows, who organized the event with Liuna 625, has already helped raise a staggering $50,000 through online fundraising for the family of Kaleb Houle. “The focus of the event has changed,” said Burrows. “We were really looking to having ... Read more

BONOKOSKI: Big construction union turns on Wynne

Published: April 23, 2018, Toronto Sun (Mark Bonokoski) When the largest construction union in the country descends upon Queen’s Park to protest the ruling party of Premier Kathleen Wynne — and they cheer on Doug Ford — it is spelling the end of days for the Liberals.For the last 15 years, the Liberals have gone to the polls with the province’s unions confidently in their back pocket.But those days appear to be diminishing.The unions are wizening up..@fordnation Feels the Power ... Read more

No Canadian workers on tunnel project leads to union grievance

Published: October 27, 2017, The Windsor Star (Dave Battagello) A grievance has been filed against the Michigan company performing the US$21-million ceiling replacement in the tunnel for failing to hire any Canadian workers for the job. Toebe Construction, based in Wixom, Mich., was awarded the contract for the complicated project to replace the original concrete ceiling inside the tunnel. The tunnel was closed starting Oct. 20 and is to remain closed until Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. to allow for demolition of ... Read more

LiUNA!625 Proudly Supports Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Innovative Community Initiative

Windsor, September 5, 2017 - A first-of- its kind in Canadian outdoor recreation and fitness was made possible through a major funding commitment by LiUNA!625 WindsorEssex, ChathamKent with the official opening today of the LiUNA!625 Recreation and Wellness Centre on the Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) campus. Rob Petroni, Business Manager of LiUNA625, made the cheque presentation to HDGH’s Janice Kaffer, President and CEO, and Bill Marra, Vice President, External Affairs, Innovation and Philanthropy. The space once separating Hôtel-Dieu ... Read more

‘We could send them to work today:’ Labourers’ union hiring up to 500 construction workers

Windsor, June 7, 2017 - Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 625 announced it is hiring up to 500 construction workers over the next three weeks to bring the local labour workforce up to speed. LiUNA typically keeps a pool of workers to provide manpower to local contractors. The pool is about 300 workers short, Robert Petroni,LiUNA’s business manager, said Tuesday. “If we had them here, we could send them to work today,” Petroni said. LiUNA is holding job fairs every ... Read more

LiUNA! 625 Leads Fight In Canada’s Opioid Crisis With A Unique Benefits Plan Reimbursement

Windsor, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 — LiUNA!625, the WindsorEssex, ChathamKent Labourers’ International Union of North America Local, is pleased to announce (more…) Read more

UK Takes Note of LIUNA 625 Canabis Initiative

A local branch of the Canadian construction union Labourers’ International Union of North America (Liuna) is introducing medicinal marijuana coverage into its benefits plan. The benefit is being introduced by Liuna!625, the union’s Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent branch, which represents 1,500 members and their families. The new benefit, which has been designed to support members’ health and wellbeing, will cover select, naturally-grown, pharmagrade medicinal cannabis products. Members and their families will also have access to counselling, guidance, and prescription services during treatment. Rob Petroni, ... Read more

LiUNA! ANNOUNCED AS WIFF PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD SPONSOR

Windsor, Thursday, October 13, 2016 — The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) announced a three-year commitment from LiUNA! (Labourers’ International Union of North America) as the festival’s People’s Choice Award Sponsor. People’s Choice Award is considered the festival’s top prize. Upon exiting each screening, audience members are handed a ballot to rate the film. These numbers are tallied throughout the festival, and the film with the highest average audience rating is crowned People’s Choice Award winner. Last year, WIFF ... Read more
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