Saturday, June 13, 2009

Alberta oil jobs returning, but N.L. workers see leaner offerings

read article: CBC
The president of the Newfoundland and Labrador United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners says that at this time last year workers from the province couldn't keep up with the demand from Alberta.

Gus Doyle said many of his union's 2,000 members found work in Alberta's oilfields, but lost work when the economy tanked last year. Now Doyle said some of them are finding jobs in Western Canada again.

'I would say we still got 200 or 300 members working there,' he said.

But Doyle said workers aren't piling up overtime hours like they used to anymore.

'Now it's 40-50 hours a week, as opposed to 70 or 80 hours. So they're going to be more cautious about what they put in for overtime,' he said.

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