Police in St. John’s were called to a picket line set up by striking elevator workers on Pippy Place this morning.
Sixteen members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors have been on strike since October. Today they set up a picket line outside the North Atlantic building on Pippy Place to prevent replacement workers from going inside to complete a job.
A union spokesperson told VOCM, they stopped the replacement workers for 10 minutes, as they are permitted, and then let them enter the parking lot. At one point, officers in five RNC cruisers were on the scene monitoring the situation.
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Union Local V.P. Greg Wade says the elevator companies he works for want to settle the dispute, but the local Construction Trades Council won’t allow them to sign the agreement. Wade says it’s frustrating to see other people doing their job, but they will stay out as long as it takes to get what they deserve.