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NL labour board rules D-J Composites engaged in bad-faith bargaining

Aerospace components maker ordered to remove proposals that attempt to eliminate seniority-based rights.


GANDER, NL — Aerospace parts manufacturer D-J Composites has been found to be engaging in bad faith bargaining with its Gander employees by the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board.

Employees of the company that makes parts, advanced composites and bonded metal components for aerospace and other industries, had locked out its 32 employees, represented by Unifor Local 597, in March.

D-J Composites tabled proposals in early March that involved pay cuts for some employees and eliminated seniority rights.

The company, based in Augusta, Kan. – a right-to-work state – has been ordered to remove proposals that attempt to eliminate seniority-based rights for Unifor members and to deliver a new offer within seven days.

“This is an exceptionally important decision that reinforces what Unifor has been saying all along – that this employer was not interested in reaching a fair contract with its employees,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.

The US company bought the Gander plant in 2012.

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