Construction workers dig where a sink hole opened up in Dieppe Park in Windsor, May 20, 2015. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

500 Skilled Trades Workers Needed For Construction Boom

The union that represents construction workers in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent is looking for labourers, a lot of labourers.

President of LiUNA 625, Rob Petroni says 500 skilled trades workers are needed to keep up with a construction boom across Canada, but especially in the region.

“There’s a lot of infrastructure catch up being done right now,” he says. “There’s no one real big project happening. It’s just all of the contractors busy doing everything that they do. It has nothing to do with the bridge or the hospital.”

Petroni says the projects will go ahead either way, but there is a preference for local labour.

“As a member of LiUNA, you’re able to travel around the country,” he says. “If we can’t find people in the area that would like to work; if we put out calls to the other locals across the country, they would send people to fill those positions.”

The first job fair is at the Holiday Inn in Windsor on June 14. A week later, on June 21, there will be one at the Bradley Centre in Chatham, followed by the third job fair at the Days Inn in Leamington. All of the job fairs run from 3pm to 8pm.

Resumes can also be submitted online.

Petroni says the work is steady too.

“For the past eight years, during the ups and downs, we’ve been at virtually full employment,” he says. “Although the economy has its blips, construction has been steadily increasing.”