The Formwork Council of Ontario has met with the Ontario Formwork Association (the Employers) a total of five times since late March 2022 to try and reach a fair settlement for the renewal of the collective agreement.

At our last meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2022, the Employers would not budge on their monetary offer of $5.85 over three years. For members of Local 793, this amounts to between an 8.8% or 9.15% increase depending on the crane or heavy equipment being operated. The Formwork Council broke off negotiations when the Employer’s indicated they would not budge on this offer.

Because of the 100% strike mandate received at last weekend’s strike votes, members of Local 793 working under the Formwork Agreement are on strike effective Monday May 2, 2022.

What do I do on Monday May 2, 2022?

Since no work will be taking place on any formwork jobsites on Monday May 2, 2022, please do not report to work. Until advised otherwise, we will not be picketing jobs where no cranes are being operated.

Am I eligible for strike pay?

If you are paid up to date for your defense assessment, you will be eligible for strike pay. You must attend at your local area office on Wednesday of every week to sign in to receive strike pay.

How to check if your Defense Assessment is paid up to year 2022?

For all registered members, you can easily check online what year your Defense Assessment is paid up to by logging into the Union’s member portal at and look under the heading “Current Dues Status.” You can also call your closest area office.

How to pay your Defense Assessment fee?

For all registered members, you can easily pay your Defense Assessment fee online through the Union’s member portal at and click “Make Payment.” You can also make a payment through your closest area office.

Do I need to be available to join a picket line?

Yes, if you wish to receive strike pay, you must remain available to join a picket line if called upon by your Union. Please make sure to keep your phone with you in case you receive a call.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your area office. CLICK HERE to find your area office contact.

We will be updating you regularly so please continue to check your email, Facebook and the Union’s website for updates.