Changes and Challenges

The new century brought both significant changes and challenges to the Locals.

The long-planned merger between Locals 5 and 167 finally happened in early 2000. But economic challenges lingered after the amalgamation of greater Hamilton. And a global financial crisis that began in late 2007, triggered by the collapse of the mortgage and housing markets in the United States, began dragging Canada and much of the world into a recession.

2000 Wages & Prices

Inside workers earned $830 a week
Outside workers earned $17.50 an hour

A month’s rent had increased to $700, but houses still averaged around $175,000.