Thirty-two workers in Gander have been locked out by their American-based employer since December 19, 2016. The employer, D-J Composites, has demanded huge concessions, attacked seniority protections, and proposed changes that would undermine the union in the workplace. Now it posted an advertisement to hire scabs! It all amounts to union busting.
Members of Unifor Local 597 have been determined to fight back against the company’s union-busting attempts and have weathered one of the worst winters in recent memory and continue to stand strong, often repeating their motto: “One day longer, one day stronger!”
In May 2017, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Board found D-J Composites guilty of bad faith bargaining – but that hasn’t stopped their bad behaviour.
Unifor continues to fight for a fair deal for these workers and to strengthen labour laws to protect all workers against unfair treatment.
To support these workers you can help by circulating this flyer.
Please support the members and defend their right to free and fair collective bargaining. Here are three ways you can help:
1. Send a letter to Al Hawkins, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Minister. Demand that the Ministry do its job and defend worker’s rights.
2. Send a letter to Rezaul Chowdhury, president of D-J Composites (Engineering). It’s time for the company to accept that their tactics are not working. They must negotiate.
3. Donate in two ways:
Via e-transfer at firstname.lastname@example.org with security answer local597
Mail a cheque to Unifor Local 597 with D-J Composites Unit in the memo line to:
Unifor Local 597 Attn: Carolyn Wrice,
P O Box 922, St. John’s NL A1C 5L7.