HAMILTON STEELWORKERS AREA COUNCIL
1031 Barton Street East Hamilton ON L8L 3E3
March 18, 2014
Letter to the Editor: Re: HECFI privatization spurs legal shutdown
The Trade Union Movement has a long history here in Hamilton and while we are slowly turning away from
the moniker of “Steel Town” we still have a very strong labour presence here.
This makes it all the more troubling for us to see what is happening to the members of Local 772 of the
International Union of Operating Engineers.
Privatization of our entertainment facilities, golf courses, Waste Water Treatment Plant, garbage collection
and more has always been on the agenda for some on Council and city staff. The trigger has been pulled on
some of these adventures and they have turned into just that, adventures.
That the city legal department, manager and advisors have not considered its labour contracts and how they
would be administered before contracts with Global Spectrum and Carmen’s were awarded is shameful and
lacks of due diligence.
City Council and the Mayor in my view were once again led down the garden path by those who they rely on
and pay for solid advice.
The fact that a former top staffer of the city is advising one party speaks to the need to have employment
contracts that reflect the conflict of interest of former employees being hired as advisors on City issues. The
optics are indeed terrible.
The Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council is calling on the City of Hamilton, Global Spectrum and Carmen’s
to sit down with the union and a mediator in an effort to come to an agreement that respects the collective
agreement of these workers forthwith.
This situation is unacceptable.
Phone: 905-545-3008 fax: 905-545-3506 email: firstname.lastname@example.org