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D-J Composites Lock-out

Aerospace workers from Local 597 were locked out by their American-based employer just before Christmas in December 2016—almost 21 months ago.

D-J Composites is headquartered in the right-to-work state of Kansas and has been allowed to behave as though its Gander operation is not subject to local labour laws.

The employer was found guilty of bad faith bargaining in May 2017. Earlier this year it was found in violation of provincial labour laws for a second time, but has so far faced no consequences from the provincial government.   

They are trying to bust the union.

They are hiring scabs to do the work of Local 597 members.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has remained silent, and has ignored Unifor’s calls to fix outdated labour laws that have allowed this lock-out to continue for more than 600 days.

You can help right now!

  1. Come to Gander! Unifor is hosting a solidarity rally for Local 597 on Tuesday, September 26.
  2. Tell D-J Composites boss Rezaul Chowdhury to end the lockout. We've already written the email for you!
  3. Send an email to Premier Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  4. Send a solidarity donation via e-transfer info@unifor597.ca with security answer local597 or mail a cheque to Unifor Local 597 with D-J Composites Unit in the memo line to: Unifor Local 597 Attn: Carolyn Wrice, PO Box 922, St. John’s NL A1C 5L7.​