Preliminary results of the 2016 union elction revealed

June 30, 2016

Today, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) revealed the preliminary results of the 14th construction industry union election, which took place by mail June 1–20. The final, detailed results will be distributed only in August, as workers may contest the allegiance that is confirmed to them by notice until July 22.

Diane Lemieux, CEO of the CCQ, is satisfied with how the election was conducted. “Up to now, the process has worked well,” she noted. “The objective is to enable construction workers to make their choices in a free and orderly way.”

Upon completion of counting of the 32 629 ballots received, this is the new union representativeness that will likely apply starting on September 1:

Representative association

Preliminary representativeness Official representativeness (2012) Difference
Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD-Construction) 10,403 % 12,701 % -2,298 %
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN-Construction) 6,097 % 8,511 % -2,414 %
Conseil provincial du Québec des métiers de la construction (International) 23,642 % 24,410 % -0,768 %
Fédération des travailleurs du Québec (FTQ-Construction) 43,866 % 43,910 % -0,044 %
Syndicat québécois de la construction (SQC) 15,992 % 10,469 % +5,523 %

Higher participation

A total of 175,545 workers were asked to choose their union allegiance, which will be in force for the next four years.

Of this number, 109,462 individuals were considered voters. This status indicates that their vote was counted in the calculation of union representativeness.

The overall participation rate was 18,59%, compared to 13,74% in 2012.

The participation rate of those with voter status was 20,17%. This was an increase compared to the 2012 election for which the rate was 14,94%.

It should be noted that workers who did not exercise their right to vote had their union allegiance at the time of the election automatically renewed for the next four years. This is called “presumption of allegiance.”