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Media Advisory - Rally to support workers locked out for 597 days in Gander


Media Advisory - Rally to support workers locked out for 597 days in Gander

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GANDER, NL, Aug. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - Members of Unifor local 597 will mark the 597th day since their American-based employer locked them out, with a community barbecue in Gander.

"If this province had stronger labour laws, D-J Composites would never get away with its shameful union busting and would have to instead negotiate fairly," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.

Just days before Christmas in 2016, Kansas State based company, D-J Composites, locked-out  31 workers at the aerospace manufacturing facility in Gander.


Rally and Community Barbecue for locked out workers


Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (NST)    


Gander Town Square, 72 Elizabeth Dr, Gander, NL A1V1J8


Speakers include Iggy Oram, unit chair and spokesperson for locked out workers

Keith Sullivan, President, FFAW Unifor, Ian Hutchison, Unifor's Atlantic Council Chairand Gerry Rogers, NDP Leader


Locked out members will be joined by their sisters and brothers from FFAW Unifor and other union supporters at a barbecue and rally. D-J Composite was found in violation of provincial labour laws twice with no consequences. Mediation ordered by the Newfoundland Minister of Labour even failed to get the company to budge on its unreasonable demands, which include gutting seniority provisions, and arbitrary merit pay.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


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