Unions rally in support of Labatt strikers

Garrett Barry
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Local unions joined in a rally this afternoon to support striking Labatt workers in St. John's. — Photo by Garrett Barry/Special to The Telegram

About 80 people, including striking Labatt workers and members of other supportive unions, turned up at the Labatt Brewery in St. John’s this afternoon to rally in support of the Labatt strikers.

NAPE president Carol Furlong lead the rally that included representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, and members of the striking union at the St. John’s International Airport.

A wildcat strike began at the brewery on March 25, which was prompted by a Labatt request to train replacement workers who could run the plant. The courts ordered the picket line removed on April 9, but members of the union officially voted to strike again on April 10.

The union has been without a contract with Labatt since March.


Organizations: Labatt, Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

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  • mike mcunion
    May 29, 2013 - 21:07

    keep up the fight against these big multi nationals thanks for giving us the week end

  • Duffy
    May 28, 2013 - 21:16

    Maybe they can consolidate and join the Airport guys so they will only need one fire barrel come winter. Go back to work where you get good money and good benefits for doing unskilled labor. Buy American Beer in the future.............

  • Rick hanrahan
    May 28, 2013 - 20:46

    By's you make 36 dollars an hour, you have over 80 per cent health coverage, you have the opportunity to have your pension contribution matched, and half of you only have a high school education. What in the hell do you think you're entitled to, and how do you expect to get public support when 1200 people just lost their jobs. Where do you think you are going to find a better situation than that if the brewery closes. I don't know if you guys are stupid or greedy, but you're very well compensated for the work you do. And they can be greedy all they want. It's their money. The share holders invested their own money into the company and they want the best return possible.

  • Fred Penner
    May 28, 2013 - 20:32

    Now, now...don't be too hard on the union. They are simply continuing their age old pattern of mass breath holding and stomping in order to get what they want. It has worked in the past all too often and continues to work today but the worm has turned for them. They are finding less tolerence among the populace and less interest in their cause because fewer people are members. As a society we are evolving and unions are becomming irrelevant. They are the last bastion of the oppressed and overpaid. They need to get beyond this strike mentality and develop a new and more constructive method for collective bargaining. You cannot hold the public hostage and expect your image and credibility to remain unsullied.

  • Barry
    May 28, 2013 - 15:21

    The unions are falling just like they should, they are only good for the lazy workers !!!

  • david
    May 28, 2013 - 15:18

    Unskilled labour in a moribund job market and non-existent consumer economy ......manufacturing an egregiously (government) overpriced, ultra low-quality, bland, over-the-counter depressant swill. "We're the lynchpin of the local economy, we deserve even more!"

  • Mark
    May 28, 2013 - 15:15

    I couldn't agree with you more, Calvin and Terry. If Labatt were to shut down its operation, we all know these workers would not find work that would give anywhere near what unionized processing jobs give. Also, the poor turn-out of only about 80 people should be giving Labatt's management reason to continue with its plans. I think this rally completely back-fired.

    • Chris
      May 28, 2013 - 18:08

      This plant will not shut down, We made $18 million in net profit last year!!!! So Mark & David write something about that

  • Frank
    May 28, 2013 - 15:09

    Wow, 80 people. I hope they had crowd control

    • Townie
      May 28, 2013 - 18:10

      80 people with morals, what you thing about that??????? Frank

  • Calvin
    May 28, 2013 - 14:11

    This UNEDUCATED work force is going to get an awful fright when Labatt closes the brewery and they are made to go to work for minimum wage....

    • Townie
      May 28, 2013 - 18:00

      Calvin, there are more educated people in this building than you know!!!! This plant made $18 million in net profit last year, I would take them over a person that don't know what there talking about anytime

  • Terry
    May 28, 2013 - 14:06

    This just goes to show you unions are dying... 80 people including striking unions, NL federation of Labour and Nurses etc... Not much support now days...

    • Union Workers
      May 28, 2013 - 18:05

      Terry, this goes to show that most of union workers were at work today, but the excutives took time out for a rally. Ignorant persons should keep there commons to themselfs