December 19, 2017
St. Johns – Unifor has filed a second unfair labour practice complaint alleging bad faith bargaining against an American based employer that locked out 32 aerospace workers one year ago today.
"D-J Composites refuses to abide by the normally accepted practices for collective bargaining, and clearly has no intention of fulfilling its obligations to these workers under the province’s employment laws,” said Shane Wark, Assistant to Unifor’s National President, at a rally on the steps of the Confederation Building in St. John’s.
D-J Composites was already found guilty of bargaining in bad faith with Unifor Local 597 by the provincial labour board in May, 2017.
“This can only be seen as union busting. D-J’s owner, Rezaul Chowdhury, seems to be doing everything he can to try and divide the members and get rid of the union in this workplace. However, angry members will spend another Christmas in the cold more united than ever,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.
The complaint filed this morning alleges D-J Composites has failed to comply with the board’s May ruling and continues to bargain in bad faith, contrary to Section 75 of the Labour Relations Act.
In October, even mediation ordered by the Newfoundland Minister of Labour failed to get the company to budge on its unreasonable demands.
Leaders from several unions supported locked-out workers at the rally in their call for the NL government to revise provincial legislation to allow for binding arbitration in cases where an employer violates labour laws.
Photos from today’s rally will be posted for publication at this link with credit to Unifor.
For more information, please contact Unifor Atlantic Communications representative Natalie Clancy: Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or (902) 478-9283 (cell)