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Unifor to host major rally to support locked-out workers in Gander

September 11, 2018

GANDER – Unifor will host a major rally in Gander, Newfoundland, marking the 92rd week of a difficult lockout by D-J Composites.

 “This callous lockout has been dragged on for far too long by this union-busting employer and a shamefully complacent provincial government,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “If you believe that workers deserve to be treated fairly by their bosses and that governments should support working people - then I’ll see you at our rally in Gander on September 26.”

“These workers and their families have been dramatically harmed by the actions of their employer and by Dwight Ball’s dithering,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “Unifor demands that the province fix the labour laws that allow this injustice to continue, and that D-J Composites come back to the table and sit down to negotiate a fair deal that respects workers’ rights.”

Thirty Unifor members have been locked-out since December 2016, after refusing a contract that proposed significant concessions. Since then the employer, D-J Composites has refused to bargain in good faith, and has twice been found guilty of bad-faith bargaining, but faced no consequences.

News media are invited to attend Unifor’s solidarity rally to support locked-out workers at D-J Composites.

Where: D-J Composites

             1 C. L. Dobbin Dr, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador A1V 2V3

When: Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.

Who:    Union leaders, and locked-out

             workers will be available for comment.

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Members of the public and media are encouraged to attend to show their support for these workers and to demand anti-scab legislation that protects workers Charter-protected right to collective bargaining.

For further information or to arrange in person or facetime live interviews: please contact Unifor Director of Communications Natalie Clancy at or 416-707-5794 (cell).