Local 183 of Liuna receives Transport Minister Project for extension of Highway 427
Highway 427, which connects the freeways Queen Elizabeth Way and Gardiner Expressway to Highway 7, is the second busiest in the province of Ontario and the third in all of North America.
This important artery, also known as King’s Highway 427 connects the downtown Toronto International Airport Lester B. Pearson and the northern region of this vast metropolitan area, taking into account the development of the city to the outlying areas, urges the creation and extension of roads to facilitate the movement of people and goods.
The Transport Minister Steven Del Duca, presented on Thursday (March 3rd) a project for the highway expansion in the north, better serving the neighboring city of Vaughan.
We chose to stage this announcement at the Vocational Training Centre of LIUNA Local 183 since the companies contracted for this project have their agreements with Liuna.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid , President of the Vaughan Chamber, Maurizio Bevilacqua and other politicians, including Mrs. Harinder Malhi .
Executive board members of “Local 183″, trainees and the vice president of international LIUNA, Joseph Mancinelli were also present; Joseph Mancinelli was also one of the main speakers.
In the opening session, Mr. Mancinelli thanked the minister, for the choice of location for the presentation of the work and clarified that the organization, in addition to fighting for the rights of its affiliates, has been doing over the years, and has been investing/building in projects to the construction of infrastructure in the province, such as hospitals and community centers.
The union now intends to also invest in the transport sector, using it for the pension fund, in which it considers a step that only brings added value to all involved.
“This is a great investment for us, for the workers we represent and for our pension fund, in a situation where everyone wins,” said Joseph Mancinelli.
Asked to comment, the minister Del Duca briefly presented the project for the extension of Highway 427, whose works should start in 2017 with completion scheduled for 2020.
In total, seven kilometers will be added to the current 20, from the north end, near the motorway 7, continuing to the intersection with Major Mackenzie Drive.
For the new section are projected two outs in the arteries Langstaff Road and Rutherford Road, while for the minister presented as “a way to ensure greater flow of traffic”, is planned to install a system of electronic tolls on faster tracks.
Based on what he described as an “innovative system” but will only enter into force in 2021, with advanced technology, transit through fast lanes will be free for cars carrying two or more people and paid option for those who travel alone.
The minister chose to end his show with praise and thanksgiving to workers in the construction sector, noting that Canada has the best and most well-prepared professionals from around the world.
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper Sol and Voice, the administrator of Local 183, Jack Oliveira, praised the project and the choice of location to carry out its presentation.
The Portuguese-Canadian trade unionist, who leads one of the largest locals of one of the largest unions in North America in the construction industry, with over 40,000 members, many of them of Portuguese origin, said the training center of the “183” a place of excellence for this gender announcement, considering that there are that have formed and form many of the professionals who will work in the project.
Regarding the extension of Highway 427, Jack Oliveira considers to be a very positive project for affiliated workers in Local 183, as companies contracted for the work have agreements with the union, which will ensure thousands of jobs.