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Logistec - New Brunswick

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Logistec - New Brunswick

Postby NC » Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:56 am

Locked-out Logistec workers told to stay away from outsiders

By JENNIFER STEWART Staff Reporter
Tue. Oct 14 - 6:53 PM

Out-of-province workers brought in to replace a group of locked-out Logistec employees continued to work in Sydney on Monday, unloading 50,000 tonnes of imported coal, Global News reported Monday night.

The work would normally be done by 18 Logistec stevedores, who have been off the job for about a month. They are represented by the United Mine Workers of America.

Many of the employees who were on hand Monday said they feel this is an attempt by their Montreal-based employer to break the union’s spirits.

"Bringing scabs in from out of province, it certainly looks like union-busting measures," employee George MacDonald told Global. "We’re here for the long haul now."

Union spokesman Bob Burchell said the Logistec workers were keeping a close eye on the replacements until the police got involved.

"We didn’t think any hotel in Cape Breton would keep scabs, so we followed them to find out what hotel they were staying in," he said in an interview with Global.

"They called the police, told the police that we were following them and apparently I guess that’s illegal."

A spokesperson for Cape Breton Regional Police could not be reached Monday night to confirm whether officers were involved in the incident.

A similar scene unfolded last week when the unionized employees attempted to block the train tracks at the Lingan and Port of Sydney access roads, where the replacement workers were waiting to fill the cars with coal.

The locked-out workers were joined earlier in the morning by several dozen employees from other labour unions in Cape Breton, including members from the Canadian Auto Workers and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

The group was forced from the tracks when police arrived and said they would enforce the court order that prevents them from blocking the entrance.

Logistec locked out the 18 employees on Sept. 15, shortly before the union’s contract talks were expected to happen. The group has been picketing the entrance of the coal pier since then.

The two sides are deadlocked on wages. The Cape Breton employees say that they make about $10 less per hour than their counterparts in Halifax and Saint John, N.B.

The company and the union are expected to meet with a mediator in Sydney today and have also set aside Wednesday in hopes of reaching a resolution, Global News reported.
So, what other sides are there here? Any chance anyone is watching this and can shed some light?


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Postby NC » Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:14 pm

Here's a collective agreement the company has in place in Montreal.

http://206.191.16.137/negotech/downloads/1381901a.pdf

Page 10 has their pay scale, but keep in mind this in the Port of Montreal, not Cape Breton.

House prices on Cape Breton island go from $40,000 to $440,000 for a single family home.

They want the same pay... I wonder what houses in Montreal cost?


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Postby green1 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:05 am

Why do unions continue to think the law doesn't apply to them? what makes them think that things that would otherwise be blatently illegal are suddenly ok just because a union authorized them?




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