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September 2017 - News
2017 AGM: A LOOK BACK
The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) convened its 24
th Annual General Meeting (AGM) late last month before a full room at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. More than 70 guests registered to attend the meeting held high above the field on which both the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox were taking batting practice.
View current economic indicators for Ontario such as ICI Building Permits, Construction Employment, CPI Inflation, Unemployment Rate, Non-Residential Building Construction Price Index and the Ontario & Canadian GDP.
The boilermakers union has been in Canada for more than 100 years.
They have, and continue to primarily produce steel fabrications, working on projects ranging from bridges to blast furnaces to construction of mining equipment. The job remains physically demanding, requiring a mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity while performing precise work to exacting standards - often in extreme weather conditions.
THE RESEARCH DESK: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, APPRENTICESHIP & MARKET TRENDS
September is by far my favourite month of the year. Perhaps it has something to do with new beginnings (all those first days of schools), the cooler weather or just getting back into a routine after making the most of summer. Whatever it is, I always find myself taking stock, planning and looking to the future. So, with that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the research initiatives OCS has been working on as well as some of the industry issues and trends we have been keeping our eye on.