Dominion Shuts Workers Out in Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland

November 21, 2003

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Dominion Shuts Workers Out In Newfoundland
Dominion Shuts Workers Out In Newfoundland
dated November 21, 2003

St. John's, Nfld.
November 18, 2003
       Sixteen hundred Dominion Grocery store workers in Newfoundland are marching in front of the Dominion stores in that province in a battle to halt concessions and protect seniority rights. Dominion closed its stores, Sunday November 16th, after the union started rotating strikes at two of the 15 Dominion stores. CAW national rep Frank Taylor said the company has a history of not dealing fairly with its employees.

Frank Taylor
CAW National Rep.

       "There has been a lot of frustration. The company has done some terrible things in my opinion to our membership during the last six years; they haven't really honoured the collective agreement in any tangible way."

       Despite the cold Atlantic winds the CAW Local 597 members are determined to win their fight for justice. Patricia Crowe, seafood clerk at Cabot Dominion.

Patricia Crowe
CAW Local 597
Cabot Dominion

       "They want to hand pick people to go into full time jobs and those of us who have been here for 14, 15, 20 years part time that helped make the company what it is today we possibly could lose our full time job that is rightfully ours."

       The company is demanding a contract longer than the CAW three year maximum, concessions on seniority, scheduling, and a wage freeze. Taylor says the company refuses to create full time jobs even in new stores.

Frank Taylor
CAW National Rep.

       "They just recently opened a store in a place called Grand Falls, doubled the size of the store, a brand new store and did not even see fit to put one full time job into the business. The wage rates are simply atrocious, wage rates from somewhere between $6.85 and $7.50 and our calculations are that we have probably 500 people today or 600 people who are in that wage rate of $6.25 to $7.50."

       The Dominion Store workers voted 99 per cent in favour of strike action. Sharon Hedges, a bakery operator at Pearl Gate Dominion.

Sharon Hedges
CAW Local 597
Pearl Gate Dominion

       "We're going to be out here as long as it takes us to get want we want. We're here for the long haul. All of us are here together, all brothers and sisters and we're going to stick it out as long as it takes us to get back what we want."

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