‘Turned some heads’

Iron­work­ers rep hope­ful there will be a res­o­lu­tion to lack of lo­cal hires on long-term care build in Corner Brook

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER diane.crocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

Their re­solve un­bro­ken, a group of about 20 mem­bers of the Iron­work­ers Lo­cal 764 re­turned to the site of the new long-term care fa­cil­ity in Corner Brook on Tues­day.

Their re­solve un­bro­ken, a group of about 20 mem­bers of the Iron­work­ers Lo­cal 764 re­turned to the site of the new long-term care fa­cil­ity in Corner Brook on Tues­day.

The union mem­bers first set up at the site on Mon­day to bring at­ten­tion to the lack of lo­cal hir­ing by the com­pany do­ing the steel work associated with the build.

MacDougall Steel Erec­tors Inc. out of P.E.I. has so far used work­ers from that prov­ince on the con­tract it has for the sup­ply, fabrication and erec­tion of the steel. That prompt­ing the lo­cal iron­work­ers to speak out.

“We have turned some heads and we’ve got some peo­ple talk­ing,” said Francis Simms, busi­ness agent with the union about mid-af­ter­noon of day two of what he de­scribes as an in­for­ma­tion line.

He said the is­sue at hand is not so much a union is­sue as it is more about lo­cal em­ploy­ment.

“Our goal is to have some lo­cal peo­ple em­ployed on this par­tic­u­lar project and that has not changed,” he said.

Simms said the group has been asked by the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary and the com­pa­nies in­volved in the build to leave, but he said the area they are gath­ered in is not part of the ac­tual con­struc­tion site.

“We haven’t bro­ken any laws and we cer­tainly don’t intend to.

“We’re go­ing to con­tinue to do what we’re do­ing, or­derly and peace­fully.”

Ear­lier in the day a load of steel was brought onto the site and Simms said the group did talk with the driver but didn’t pre­vent him from go­ing in to drop the trailer or to leave with an empty one.

He did con­firm that MacDougall had sent the union a cease and de­sist letter, which he shared with mem­bers. He said the letter is com­mon in sit­u­a­tions like this and main­tained their pres­ence is just to hold a peace­ful in­for­ma­tion line.

Even with the re­quests to leave, Simms said there is some talk­ing oc­cur­ring away from the line with govern­ment and the com­pa­nies in­volved in the build and he was hope­ful there would soon be a res­o­lu­tion.

In the mean­time, the group planned to stay at the site un­til work shut­down for the day around 7 p.m. and to re­turn at 5:30 a.m. to­day.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Mem­bers of the Iron­work­ers Lo­cal 764 main­tained a pres­ence at the site of the new long-term care fa­cil­ity for the sec­ond day in a row on Tues­day.

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