This year's round of bargaining has proven to be the most challenging since the 1990s. The silver lining to that era of tumultuous labour relations was the creation of labour legislation mandating a 46-day strike window between May 1st and June 15th. As a result, trades that are still on strike will be subject to binding arbitration if new agreements are not reached before June 15th.
While labour relations have been our main focus in May, we are still focused on other issues, including innovation.
There is a massive pool of creativity in residential construction looking to create new building techniques and improve practices. New technology will improve efficiencies, make work safer and benefit all stakeholders, including new-home buyers.
It’s innovation, not regulation, that needs to be what defines our industry. However, we live in a culture of regulation – our industry answers to at least 45 different government bodies (see our letter published in the Globe and Mail here) – so we can’t ignore that either.
That’s why RESCON is expanding to add two new departments – innovation and regulations – and has formed a new innovation committee, the Building Innovation Group (BIG), with a focus on panelization, offsite construction and bringing innovative solutions to residential construction. More below.
A big part of tapping into our industry’s creativity stems from making sure there is a steady stream of youth entering it. That’s why RESCON sponsors a 28-week post-grad program at George Brown College called the RESCON Residential Construction Management certificate program. Check out our blog post about the recent annual lunch social below.
Plus, we have coverage of the strikes, a terrific feature on the University of Toronto’s Building Tall Research Centre, and the Globe and Mail speaks with the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario about Toronto city council's consideration of 24/7 construction.