Notice to all members of Sheet Metal Workers International Association employed in ICI Roofing in the Province of Ontario

The Roofing Negotiating Committee and your Ontario elected leadership are writing to provide the most recent update to 2022 Roofing Negotiations.

On April 25th and 26th, your Negotiating Committee met with the Roofing Employers’ Association to continue negotiations for the renewal of the Roofing ICI Collective Agreement.

Unfortunately, very little progress was made.  It seems that the Employers are uninterested in addressing the rapid increases to our members’ cost of living.  All proposals from the Employers are significantly below increases in inflation and, in some cases, the Employers have even demanded concessions in travel and zone allowances.  The Employers are not proposing anything at this time that our members would accept.

The Negotiating Committee is scheduled to return to negotiations on Wednesday May 4.  If the Employers are open to making a fair offer the Negotiating Committee should be able to get a tentative deal finalized for ratification by the membership soon.  No matter what all increases that are negotiated and ratified will be retroactively applied to Sunday May 1, 2022.

At this time our members need to be prepared for the very real possibility that the Employers’ hard-line tactics will result in a breakdown in negotiations.  Your Negotiating Committee is now recommending that local unions prepare strike votes to be completed by May 15, 2022.  Your local unions will be contacting you soon with the time and location of the strike vote.  Please look to your local union’s websites and social media pages in the coming days for further information on strike votes.

Until further notice all members should please continue to attend work as scheduled. We have agreed to bargain past May 1, 2022 and have agreed to apply all ratified increases retroactively to May 1, 2022.

Your Negotiating Committee will provide a further update on negotiations by no later than Thursday May 5, 2022.

Please return to this webpage or your Local’s website and/or social media for all future updates.

In Solidarity,

2022 Roofing Negotiating Committee