MARYSTOWN, NL, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The union representing workers at
Kiewit Infrastructure Inc., which operates the Marystown Shipyard in
Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador, are today expressing frustration
and concern over future operations at the Kiewit facilities.
Wayne Butler, President of CAW/Marine Workers Federation (MWF), Local
20, said that all unionized workers at the facilities have been given
lay-off notices, and there are no indications that the company is
pursuing future work prospects.
"There was bitter disappointment and concern when Kiewit walked away
from the federal government procurement contract, which potentially
could have provided a $35 billion contract and more than three decades
of work to the successful bidder," Butler said.
"It looks now, like they may be preparing to walk away from a potential
ten-year provincial ferry replacement program for Newfoundland and
"The company has also requested that the union re-open the collective
agreement two years into a three-year deal," Butler added. "With the
lack of work in the facilities and on the order books, discussions of
this kind are very difficult."
The CAW/MWF is now in the process of setting up meetings with its
membership on Thursday of this week. CAW/MWF Local 20 represents more
than 350 skilled trades workers.
The union will also be requesting a meeting with community leaders on
the Burin Peninsula, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as
well MHAs from this region to discuss the seriousness of this situation
and what it means to the economic base of not only the Burin Peninsula,
but to the entire province as well, Butler said.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW/MWF Local 20 President Wayne Butler at 709-279-2500 or 709-277-2151