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Widespread strike among crane operators in Quebec: A backlash to new regulation

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 11:40 AM | By Eric Thibaudeau and Xavier Berwald-Grégoire

On June 14, several crane operators in Quebec declared a strike. As a result, nearly 2,000 workers abandoned major work sites on June 18, bringing large-scale construction projects across the province to a halt.

This strike originated from discontent among crane operators following the implementation of new regulation which allows workers of other trades to operate a specific type of small-scale crane mounted on a truck, commonly referred to in the industry as a “boom truck.” Since 1990, the Union des opérateurs grutiers and the Commission...