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Striking framers set to get back to work after reaching deal

A strike by construction workers that has lasted several weeks and was affecting the busy homebuilding season in Mississauga and the GTA has come to an end.

Andrew Pariser, vice-president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario, told The News that his organization was notified this morning that the 5,000 or so framers represented by the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 183 have ratified a new contract. He couldn’t say when exactly they would be back on the job but expected the return to work to be “prompt.”

The strike, which began the first week of May, could have lasted until mid-June before the framers would have been required to return to work due to provincial legislation. Any outstanding issues would have been resolved through binding arbitration.

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