Evraz lockout said hurting supply chain

May 07, 2012 | 02:37 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Evraz, CAW, Todd Romanow, Shaw Pipe, Tom MacLeod, Enterprise Products, lockout, Camrose mill steel pipe

TORONTO — A lockout at an Evraz Inc. North America facility in Canada is already affecting the energy tubulars supply chain to some extent.

Both the Canadian Auto Workers union and a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based steelmaker confirmed Monday that a lockout of CAW Local 551 workers at Evraz’s Camrose, Alberta, pipe mill had begun at 9 a.m. May 5 and remained in effect Monday.

Both sides also confirmed that production was planned at the facility, but there was little agreement beyond that.

"We’re still open to negotiations but have not heard anything more from the union," an Evraz spokeswoman said Monday.

But CAW national representative Todd Romanow claimed it was Evraz that had abandoned negotiations. "They have not offered to get back together and bargain at all," he said. "If they are interested in negotiations, they should leave Chicago and come up to Camrose."....

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