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The battle against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)

`` North America`s largest construction union has joined the fight against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).`` Some unions have gone as far as accusing the Ontario College of Trades of threatening...

`` North America`s largest construction union has joined the fight against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).`` Some unions have gone as far as accusing the Ontario College of Trades of threatening the livelihood of its members. A large number of trade’s people were on board with the idea of OCOT thinking that it would bring attention to apprenticeships and the skilled trades in general. To the contrary, there had been reports of inspectors showing up on sites and telling members that they are not qualified to be doing work that they have being safely for decades.  `` A construction industry source, who spoke to the Toronto Sun on condition of anonymity, said unions are battling over membership with OCOT smack in the middle. ‘Those issues between different unions and issues surrounding scope of work have existed forever. The College of Trades maybe a vehicle in which some of those challenges can be…clarified.’`` Many professions, such as teaching, require members to be qualified to a certain standard and also requires them to pay a yearly membership fee. This allows them to maintain the integrity of the profession and ensure that all their members are accountable for the work that they are providing. Is it this really a bad thing? I don’t know have all the answers and I am not sure if the Ontario College of Trades will be a good thing for skilled trades in Ontario. Although with the looming shortage of skilled workers, I do not see the harm in trying one of the strategies that has worked for unions in other professions.

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