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  • seanoairborne
    March 25, 2012 - 14:43

    I'll wager that there are hundreds ,if not thousands ,of Newfoundlanders who are out of work, and have the skills to do those jobs but are not considered,,because they have to be in a union to get hired and the unions will not let them in?So much for unions being good for the working stiff.Unions are only good for it's members, business agents and union leadership rather than the average working Joe.They're just A bunch of con artists who are getting their palms greased through graft and corruption.Such activity is rampant in unions all over north America.I know I've been in 4 of them over the years and gave up my memberships in all of em.There is not shortage of skilled workers in Newfoundland ,or Canada for that matter,there's a system set up just to bring in cheap labor from a lot of third world countries to undercut non-union workers.After all,if they just come from another country how can they be members of a Canadian union? It boggles my mind!

  • willow
    March 12, 2012 - 09:30

    Pur propoganda by companies trying to get away with hiring Cdn's at a real wage when they can hire 20 foreigners for the same. Ask any trades union and they will tell you they have hundreds of skilled tradesmen looking for work. On cbc just a couple of weeks ago there were 3 unions saying just that. I know a 4th year pipefitter who has applied at Long Harbour numerous times and hasn't even got a call back!! There's plenty more like him. So tell me where is the worker shortage? it's not here in NL. Just the shorthage of employers willing to hire a NL skilled tradesperspon union or not.

    • seanoairborne
      March 25, 2012 - 14:09

      Well put,Willow.....right on target!My sentiments exactly!

  • Terry
    March 12, 2012 - 00:32

    These big companys talk about shortage of trades people when in fact some trades workers ( journeymen welders) are unable get into their respective union. I personally know a jpourneymen welder who has been trying to get in the boilers maker union for several years and he keeps getting rejected. Do these unions want professional welders or do they simply want for our provincial workers to keep heading to Alberta?

  • HarbourMaster
    March 11, 2012 - 20:11

    Isn't Joanne Burkes Department responsible for this. Why isn't she addressing these issues? It would not be difficult to introduce legislation within the province to get these apprentices hired. It appears that we have a government that is blinded by the lights and are not doing anything constuctive. All Burke can do is go running to Jerome when Jim Bennett asked her to do something for someone in his district. Get on with what you are being paid to do and stop being such a sook.

  • Aaron
    March 11, 2012 - 20:10

    All the press lately about the "labour shortage" is pretty well laughable, absolute propaganda,and corporate maneuvering. One headline from the National stage reads about the poor job prospectus across the country and yet a headline here reads that we are in a labour crisis here provincially. I personally know people that are members in many of the local building trades and of these unions all of them have the majority of their memberships unemployed through their respective locals. The "MEGA" projects are staffed via the provincial trade Unions and if there actually was a shortage than why are these locals not calling out for travellers from other locals across the country. Oh yeah i forgot their isn't a labour shortage, only a will to bring in cheap labour. I suspect that the big companies are trying to maneuver with the province to allow migrant workers in on the cheap. If this happens the little guy will suffer. One last question, if the Union halls are mostly full than what bothers me the most is that they have not came out with any press to argue against the labour shortage? What are they doing with members dues if the halls are full and vale would like to bring in migrant workers? I know, they are preparing membership applications for the new workers so that they can get another $35 a month and never put you to work!

  • Anne
    March 11, 2012 - 12:11

    I find it very interesting that the Vale manager of human resources, Jackie Lamonthe, says that they can't find workers in Canada. I know several people in Canada that is a ""skilled tradesperson"" that can't get a job in Long Harbour, neither for love nor money. Is there something that goes on behind closed doors that the public doesn't know about. Like does Vale get to hire an immigrant worker and the Government of Canada pays them a fee for hiring such immigrants???

    • kim
      March 11, 2012 - 14:23

      Yes you hit the nail on the head Anne.I know a few who can't get in there.Their laying of people as we speak.For shortage of work.When you check after 2 wks they have a call on the tape for more of the same trade they laid off.That's the time frame they have to wait before the call goes out.It's not WHAT you know, it's WHO YOU KNOW.It's only a matter of time before we have another CNRL on our hand's.Where the immigrants came and 3 were killed because they weren't qualified for the job.One job i was on they bought in 90 welder's and only a few passed the test.God help us all is all i can say.Go home safe to our families is a crock of s..t.as long as they get their job done and BIG BONUSES.It's all about the MONEY.

  • Kevin
    March 10, 2012 - 19:52

    I just graduated from plumbing and I am looking for a job. I have looked for jobs everywhere and there are no postings for apprentice plumbers on the job banks. If there are so many jobs where are they posted?? If any one knows any links or sites or opportunities would they please email me. @ kevinbrown79@live.ca. Thanks

  • Don from Torbay
    March 10, 2012 - 19:27

    Show us the money and you will have no trouble getting the workers to come home. I've been working in Fort McMurray on a 2/2 schedule for the past 5 years and have no plans on giving up a full time job for a few years of construction! Those of us on a rotation have the best of both worlds…..we work ½ the year and make good money!

  • concerned
    March 10, 2012 - 13:15

    Just a comment to ask is there anywhere else out in the Workforce where you got people whom have Retired then come back to work with the same employer collecting a Pension and now getting paid for a specific period then layoffed to come back a month later to work another cycle. If so how can our Young people (Trades ) or anyone else work to get their time and experince if this is happening.I have no problem if there is not anyone else out there to do this work or be trained but you have to gain experience some how ,that's what we all did . Its time for Government or someone to take a look at all of this to see whats happening.