As the year draws to a close, members at three workplaces continue to face lock-outs or strikes. Your actions can make a difference for these Unifor members. Read more about their stories and take action below.
Local 1209, Delastek Inc.
After more than 32 months on strike, Unifor members at Local 1209 continue their fight against Delastek in Grand-Mère, Quebec. Delastek, a subcontractor in the aerospace industry, notably for Bombardier, has been able to continue its operations despite Quebec’s anti-scab law. Recently, the Canadian Border Services Agency performed two searches of the Delastek plant in an ongoing investigation into the possible hiring of illegal workers.
Donations are being accepted by the local at the address below to support members during this lengthy strike:
Unifor Local 1209 , 2040 rue Munro, Trois-Rivières, Quebec G8Y 4K5
Local 597, D-J Composites
It’s been one year since 32 workers in Gander, Newfoundland were locked out by their U.S.-based employer. Just days before Christmas in 2016, Rezaul Chowdhury’s company, D-J Composites, put Unifor members out in the cold. The company was initially found guilty of bad faith bargaining in May 2017 after pushing proposals that included freezing or cutting members’ wages, gutting seniority and other attempts to bust the union. Unifor filed a second unfair labour practice complaint on bad faith bargaining with the labour board on December 19.
If you would like to help these members, check out some different ways to show your support. Donations arealso being accepted in two ways:
- Via e-transfer email@example.com 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.
Local 4511, Longueuil Kia
Since September 18, 9 Longueuil Kia workers have been locked-out. The employer is attempting to impose a 4-year wage freeze by force, and showing a profound lack of recognition and respect for workers’ rights.
You can support them by putting pressure on the employer or send a message to the workers using this tool (only available in French). You can also contact the local at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the address below:
Unifor 4511, 565 Boul. Crémazie Est, bureau 2950, Montréal, QC H2M 2V6
Your continued solidarity makes a big difference to these members. With the support of Unifor’s 315,000 members, they will win in their struggles in defense of good jobs and stay strong on the picket line.