Carpenters Union removes member that hung noose on construction site

Aug 17 '20 | By Ray

Carpenters’ Local 27 has reportedly requested and received the resignation of one of its members in response to a noose being hung at a Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) worksite for a Metrolinx project. The noose was allegedly placed with the intent of threatening and intimidating black tradesmen working at the construction site.

The Carpenters’ statement read, “After a review of the events that took place, severing this individual’s connection and membership was the appropriate action; Local 27 denounces these acts in the strongest terms, and supports our industry employer colleagues in their swift removal of the individual. Behaviour that makes anyone feel unsafe on construction worksites will not be tolerated, and accountability rests on everyone in the industry to create safe and respectful workplaces.”

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney previously reported on Twitter,“This is disgusting and unacceptable. I have spoken to the CEO @Metrolinx and the @TorontoPolice hate crime unit was called to investigate.” A Toronto Police Services spokesperson confirmed that a noose was found and that an investigation was underway.

For 140 years, the Carpenters Union has been a well-known haven for unchecked racism, and a hornet’s nest for bigoted white & Hispanic construction workers, according to many black union carpenters who have been victimized by fellow members.

This racially charged anti-black attack was the fourth reported incident of a noose being found at a Toronto construction site since the beginning of June 2020.

According to Local 27, after these recent racist hate crimes on their construction sites, the union has endorsed a "Charter of Inclusive Workplaces" which their representatives have posted at job sites across Greater Toronto. Yet, many black tradesmen believe that this on-going pattern of bigotry and assault by union Carpenters is a result of terrible, uninterested leadership, and a history of discrimination amongst the Carpenter Union’s rank and file.


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