Several construction unions, including the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), added their voices to protesting the Doug Ford government passing back-to-work legislation abrogating the education workers’ right to bargain and strike.

Stakeholders in the sector stated after Ford’s announcement Nov. 7 that they hoped the Premier and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce had learned a lesson.

“It’s a message to all of the governments across Canada that if you’re going to interfere with fundamental rights of workers, you’re going to have a reaction,” said International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher. “Workers were coming together and we were going to fight like hell to make sure that nobody lost their right to fair, free collective bargaining and their rights to strike.”

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