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No Canadian workers on tunnel project leads to union grievance

Windsor, October 27, 2017 - 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 the old ceiling. ... 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


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

Gordie Howe bridge plaza work making significant progress

September 1, 2016, One million tonnes of gravel has been hauled to the 132-acre plaza site of the the Gordie Howe International Bridge, creating a manmade hill which stands eight metres tall. Where a year ago there was a mass of trees and shrubbery on the outskirts of the city’s west end, there is now a mound of gravel brought in on 30 ships from Ohio, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Leamington and Manitoulin Island to form a massive base for the ... Read more

Special Award for Conservation: Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway

January 22, 2016, Essex Region Conservation Authority Presentation of 2015 Conservation Award Winners The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway set precedents in many ways: the project scope, the multiple levels of environmental issues that needed to be addressed, and the creative solutions that were implemented to ensure that this massive project benefited the overall environmental sustainability of our region. An ecosystem approach was taken for the planning of all ecological work including fisheries and wetland compensation, species at risk mitigation and ... Read more

Short-list of contractors to build Gordie Howe bridge released

January 20, 2016, The Windsor Star A shortlist of three contractors among six who applied to construct the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was released Wednesday as the plan now enters its final bidding phase to select a winning builder. The three groups are listed as Legacy Link Partners, Bridging North America and CanAm Gateway Partners. The new Detroit River crossing project includes plazas on both sides of the border and new feeder road to connect with I-75 in Detroit. The Howe ... Read more

Wage gap favours unionized workers

Aug 27, 2014, The Windsor Star Unionized workers in Windsor make $7.43 more per hour than non-unionized workers according to a study released Wednesday by the Canadian Labour Congress. Windsor’s unionized wage rates also bettered the provincial average wage gap of $6.42 per hour between the non-unionized and unionized workforces. The report examined the wages for unionized and non-unionized workers in 76 metropolitan and other census areas in Canada. CLC president Hassan Yussuff said those wages have a ripple effect in the region’s ... Read more

New DRIC bridge CEO described as ‘right guy’ to get job done

Aug 10, 2014, The Windsor Star A lot of high-ranking bureaucrats and politicians have taken over the reigns the past decade to push the planned government-backed Detroit River bridge to the brink of construction. Enter CEO Mike Cautillo and board chairman Mark McQueen — named last week as leaders of the new Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority by the Harper government to get the job done. “I’m very conscious a lot of good people brought things this far,” McQueen said. “Now it is our ... Read more
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