Local 1059 represents its members by negotiating collective agreements with employers for conditions of employment, including workplace safety requirements, fair wages, overtime, and pension and benefits. The Local also refers construction members to employers for exclusive employment.
We Are Local 1059
In Southwestern Ontario, members are represented by the regional chapter of LiUNA, called a 'local'. Local 1059 represents approximately 4,000 construction workers and industrial/service sector workers employed in and beyond Grey, Bruce, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Elgin and Perth counties.
What We Do
How We Work
Local 1059 is run by a democratically-elected seven-person executive board, which is responsible for making sure that the Local meets the needs and wishes of its members, keeping them safe, properly trained and employable, and providing them with fair wages, benefit coverage and job opportunities.
The Local recruits new members by reaching out to non-union workers to tell them about the benefits, rewards and opportunities that union membership with Local 1059 provides, and encourage them to join. Non-union workers may also organize themselves in their workplace, exercising their right to be represented by a union.
of all workers in Canada are union members
LiUNA Union members across North America
LiUNA Union members in Ontario
History of LiUNA
LiUNA was founded on April 13, 1903, after Samuel Gompers, the President of the American Federation of Labour, sent out a request to all independent unions asking them to unite into an international union of construction labourers. This united group of unions has become what we know as LiUNA.
LiUNA was initially called the International Hod Carriers and Common Labourers’ Union of America. It was named after the hod: a tray or trough with a pole handle that is used to shoulder loads of materials such as mortar or brick on a construction site.
In 1965, the union took on its current name, and became the Labourers’ International Union of North America.
Our Average Member
Income range of our construction members.
worked by each member on average per year.
41 yrs old
is the average age of our construction members.
is the average amount our construction members have saved in the Local 1059 Benefit Plan dollar bank.
Representatives are assigned to a specific construction or maintenance sector. All Representatives deal with organizing, grievances, negotiations and employment issues for our members, and construction sector Representatives are also responsible for construction job referrals to employers.
Our executive board demonstrates a mix of both the old guard and our younger membership and reflects the geographic and cultural makeup of our membership.
Our team at the regional training centre is dedicated to all aspects of construction industry training and education, including apprenticeships and safety certification.
Legal & Communications
Our in-house Legal Counsel represents and manages all legal matters for Local 1059 and its members. Our Communication Specialist manages communications, sponsorships, social media, events, and advertising.
In the Community
Improving conditions for all workers
Beyond providing specific benefits for its members, Local 1059 improves working conditions for all workers and gives back to the communities in which it operates.
Local 1059 helps all workers by lobbying the government to improve labour legislation. The Local was active in seeking and obtaining important changes for all workers in Ontario under Bill 148- the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, including an increased minimum wage, increased entitlement for protected leaves such as family medical leave, parental and pregnancy leave and critical illness leave, and the recognition of Family Day as a statutory holiday. We have also helped ensure policies and regulations are in place to keep workers safe on the job during COVID-19.
How We Give Back
Local 1059 Charity Golf Tournament
In 2020, Local 1059 held its 20th annual fundraiser in support of United Way Elgin-Middlesex. Although we had to skip the golf tournament in light of the pandemic, with generous support from our signatory employers and industry partners we were thrilled raise a record-breaking $147,000, bringing the total amount raised for United Way to over $1.3 million since the Local started hosting the fundraiser/golf tournaments in 2001.
The Local 1059 Charity Partnership Program
Early in 2020, we established the Local 1059 Charity Partnership Program with our signatory employers as a way to help give back to the communities in which our members live and work. To date, we have partnered with our employers to donate nearly $40,000 to non-profits and charities in the London area, including the Salvation Army Strathroy, ChildCan, Ark Aid Street Mission, and the Forest Community Foundation.
London Abused Women's Centre Breakfast
LiUNA Local 1059 is proud to support the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC). In early 2020, members of our team enjoyed an inspiring keynote speaker over breakfast with our friends from United Way Elgin Middlesex at LAWC’s 20th annual International Women’s Day Breakfast fundraiser.