Clonard Group Inc. employees who are represented by the Building Union of Canada have been working on a construction job site located at 178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON for approximately 3 years. On Wednesday, December 6th LIUNA representatives arrived at the site to protest and attempt to have Clonard removed from the site. Clonard employees have a legal right to work on the site and all LIUNA could accomplish was to forcefully remove approximately 70 of their own members, who were told to go home without pay as part of their protest.
The Building Union of Canada showed up at the site and successfully kept their own members at Clonard working. LIUNA’s plan was to protest the job site for the rest of the week but when they became aware that BUC and their friends at the Carpenters Union would be at site on mass, LIUNA cancelled their protests for the rest of the week. Approximately 40 BUC and Carpenter Union Representatives arrived at the site on Thursday, December 7 to support their Members working for Clonard. LIUNA was a no show because they realized their plans had failed. Ironically, the only people that suffered because of this protest were LIUNA’s own members who lost a full day’s wages.