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Buzz picking up at Kiewit fabrication yard


According to Wayne Brake, every week sees a few more workers added to the contingent currently employed at Peter Kiewit’s Cow Head fabrication facility.

Construction work on a new 32 by 84 metre steel cutting and storage building at Peter Kiewit’s Cow Head fabrication facility is progressing. Paul Herridge Photo

BY PAUL HERRIDGE

The Southern Gazette

The president of the MWF/CAW Local 20 estimated there are roughly 75 union members on the site as preparations continue for construction of the Hebron drilling support module for the gravity-based structure (GBS).

Mr. Brake indicated some of the senior platters were training to familiarize themselves with a new burning machine and beam cutter that will be utilized for steel.

Meanwhile, the framing for a new a 32 by 84 metre steel cutting and storage building on the Cow Head premises was nearing completion last week.

Mr. Brake admitted the building construction has been the cause of some conflict lately, as subcontractors were being brought in to do some of the job.

“It’s work that, as far as we’re concerned, I mean our guys can be doing.”

The union filed a grievance and arbitration to resolve the issue was looking like a possibility Wednesday.

Mr. Brake said Local 20 was seeking a one-to-one hiring ratio between the union and contractor.

Mr. Brake noted the facility has also been tasked to fabricate some decks for Bull Arm.

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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