Union protests hiring non-union workers at Sydney River Bridge


Union members are protesting over the hiring of non-union workers at the Sydney River Bridge construction site in New Brunswick, reports CBC News.

On October 22, the protesters have stormed the site, attempting to remove the out-of-province workers. About 100 protesters blocked the entrance to the site, stalling work, according to the news report.

New Brunswick-based Caldwell and Ross Ltd. was awarded the $12.6 million contract to replace the bridge back in July. According to protesters, Caldwell and Ross are using non-unionized workers from New Brunswick.

Most of the protesters are union members, the majority are from the Labourers’ International Union 1115. Other construction unions have also come out to show their support.

All work on the site has been shut down. Police remain on the scene. The work on the Sydney River bridge is expected to be complete by December 2014.

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