Creating and maintaining good Canadian jobs should remain Irving Shipbuilding’s top priority

November 5, 2019 – Unifor is reminding Irving Shipbuilding, Inc. that creating and maintaining Canadian jobs is a key component of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy and should remain the top priority. “The spirit and intent of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy is to revitalize our Canadian Navy while creating and supporting good shipbuilding jobs here at home and that’s not what’s happening here,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Members are rightly concerned that Irving is more interested in looking for ways to outsource than fulfilling its commitment to increase Nova…

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HMCS Max Bernays Won’t Make 2020 Delivery Date

December 6, 2018 – Another important milestone for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project was reached yesterday with the keel-laying of the future HMCS Max Bernays, the third Harry DeWolf-class ship. The traditional ceremony was held at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax shipyard. The keel-laying ceremony is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction and includes the placement of a newly minted coin on the ship’s keel. Ms. Vicki Berg, a welder at the Halifax Shipyard, placed the coin in the keel to mark the occasion. It will remain within…

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Workers at Irving Shipyard vote 99.8% to strike

Unifor MWF Local 1 members have given their bargaining committee a 99.8% strike mandate as they seek a fair collective agreement with Irving Shipbuilding. “With that level of solidarity, Irving should remember that our collective agreement was used to win the shipbuilding contract, and they can’t now come to the table looking for concessions, they need to come to the table with solutions,”said Jerry Dias, National President. More than 700 of the 800 members in the local packed a Halifax hall to hear an update from the bargaining committee on…

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Collective agreements ratified with MDA

Unifor locals 112 and 673 have ratified new collective agreements with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. after pushing back against employer demands for concessions. The new collective agreements include improved vacation eligibility, an increase in dental, wage increases each year of the agreement, cost of living retained and progressive retirement language. As well, a Women’s Advocate program and a domestic violence leave program were set up. The December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women will be marked with a moment of silence. Social Justice Fund…

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“Challenging” bargaining ahead at Irving Shipyard

Bargaining is set to begin in November with 800 Unifor MWF Local 1 members, who proudly build Canadian navy and coast guard vessels as part of a multi-billion dollar federal contract awarded to Irving’s Halifax Shipyard in 2011. “Recent labor relations suggest we are facing a challenging round of bargaining to reach a new agreement with this employer,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director. The bargaining team is committed to improving the workplace and is concerned about unusually high instances of discipline imposed on members, the lack of any…

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