Workers at Regina’s Evraz Steel mill have been given updates on their layoff statuses before the start of the weekend.
Steel division workers were notified on Friday that their shutdown initially scheduled for the end of March will instead happen on Friday afternoon.
Their three-day layoff is still in effect until Monday. The expectation is that steel workers will be back to work on Monday with the March 12 layoff most likely cancelled.
Mike Day, president of United Steelworkers 5890 union, said the pipe division will be laid off beginning late next week.
“The layoff notice that’s going out for Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. will take effect unless something miraculous happens and we’re back before then,” explained Day.
The union was told those layoff notices were starting to get mailed out on Friday.
“Right now they are saying it looks like two weeks. I’m not sure if that’s their worst case scenario or just putting it out there as two weeks and hoping it’s fixed by then.”
The layoffs come after Evraz was targeted in a ransomware attack on Thursday.