TARBA was founded in 1957 as the Metropolitan Toronto Road Builders Association (MTRBA) to negotiate collective agreements with construction unions on behalf of unionized contractors in the Toronto Area. The name was changed in 1999 to reflect the expansion of collective agreements into Simcoe County.
TARBA members are bound to collective agreements with Local 183 of the Labourers International Union of North America (LIUNA), Teamsters Local 230 and Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
The Association has 31 Contractor Members that perform the majority of new road construction and maintenance for the City of Toronto and municipalities in Halton and Peel Regions and Simcoe County.
Members also perform work for TTC, Metrolinx, the Ministry of Transportation, other provincial agencies and private developers.
TARBA is managed by a Board of 12 Directors elected annually from the membership. Membership in the association is voluntary but all unionized contractors are bound to the TARBA collective agreements and are eligible to join the Association.
While negotiating collective agreements and managing labour relations issues are the focus of TARBA’s Objectives, the Association also represents members’ interests on contract tendering and administration issues with local municipalities and in particular the City of Toronto.
To promote the betterment of the road building industry in the City of Toronto and other municipalities within which Members of the Corporate conduct their business.
To maintain the highest standards of construction and business methods.
To promote better understanding and goodwill between the public and contractors.
To assist contractors in establishing and maintaining satisfactory industrial relations with their employees including the negotiating and administering of collective bargaining agreements.
To enter into collective agreements on behalf of Members.
To seek accreditation before the Ontario Labour Relations Board to better represent the interests and rights of its Members and of all those engaged in the road building industry and incidental business.
To promote, protect and conserve the interests and rights of its Members and of all those engaged in the road building industry and incidental businesses.
To invest and deal with the money of the Corporation not immediately required for its objects in such manner as may be determined.
To accept donations, gifts, legacies and bequests.
And such other complementary purposes not inconsistent with these objects.