The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) joined forces with DontCutMeOff.net, the growing and diverse coalition, which includes the Ontario Trucking Association as an active member, urging City Council to vote for the hybrid solution for the Gardiner East.
“Our members are solidly behind the hybrid option. It will keep traffic congestion in check, ensuring our ability to move people and goods around the city and region,” said Joseph Mancinelli, Vice President of LiUNA International and Regional Manager, Central and Eastern Canada.
LiUNA represents over 110,000 construction workers across Canada, 70,000 in Ontario alone. LiUNA’s members play a vital role in building our communities, and are worried about the negative impacts removing the Gardiner East, a key piece of Toronto’s transportation infrastructure, will have on their ability to do the job efficiently and effectively. The increase in congestion as a result of removing the eastern section of the expressway will result in lost productivity, lost investment opportunities and ultimately lost jobs.
“We are a city that is already losing millions per year in lost productivity as a result of traffic and congestion,” said Steve Laskowski, spokesperson for DontCutMeOff.net. “While a solution is urgently needed, we need it to be one that keeps people in our city moving, opens up the most possibilities for new economic development, while ensuring the least amount of disruption. Hybrid is the only solution that will accomplish all three.”
DontCutMeOff.net is an industry coalition that includes the Ontario Trucking Association, CAA South Central Ontario, Toronto Industry Network, Canadian Courier and Logistics Association, Redpath Sugar and the Toronto Financial District Business Improvement Area.
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