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D-J Composites Lock-out

32  aerospace workers from local 597 were locked out by their American-based employer on December 19, 2016. In May 2017, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Board found D-J Composites guilty of bad faith bargaining.

The employer is headquartered in the right to work state of Kansas and has been allowed to behave as though its Gander operation is not obligated to follow labour laws.

Members of Local 597 need our support. ACT NOW!

Here are two ways you can help to support and defend the right to free and fair collective bargaining in Gander. 

  1. 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.
  2. Send a solidarity donation  in two ways:

        Via e-transfer info@unifor597.ca 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.

Campaign Updates

Experienced Mediator appointed in D-J Composites lockout

10/27/2017 -

313 days into a lockout of Unifor members in Gander, NL, an experienced independent mediator has been appointed by the Newfoundland government to attempt to resolve the dispute at D-J Composites.

John Roil , is a lawyer with extensive mediation experience and has served on several independent inquiries including the 2011 Vale inquiry in to the lengthy labour dispute in Voisey’s Bay.

“We can only hope that Roil will be able to bring his considerable skill to reach a fair collective agreement in what has been a very long and very difficult ten months for these 32 aerospace workers,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.

In September Payne and other Unifor officials met with the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour to request he use his authority under s. 115(1) of the Labour Relations Act to appoint a mediator to try and resolve the dispute or report back on what the obstacles are to a resolution.

The provincial labour department has provided conciliation services since August.

“This is an excellent opportunity to resolve outstanding issues. I urge the parties to make a determined effort to work with Mr. Roil to bring an end to the dispute,” said Honourable Al Hawkins Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

Unifor’s bargaining committee is looking forward to working with Roil to get workers back on the job with a fair collective agreement.

Unifor calls on NL Minister to appoint mediator in D-J Composites lock out

10/18/2017 -

St. John’s - Unifor is calling on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Labour, Al Hawkins, to appoint a mediator, 10 months into a lockout of thirty-two workers in Gander by their American-based employer, D-J Composites.

Click here to read the full media release