This comes shortly after its union was told about 80 per cent of workers would be laid off by mid-January, 2021.
The layoffs include workers who were expected to be transferred to another part of the plant or those who may have been called back when there was more work.
“It was definitely a surprise to see it at this magnitude,” Day said.
“We have a lot of suspicions as to why the company is doing it his way, but we won’t know until around Christmas, or in two weeks, of how they’re playing it.”
With the holidays around the corner, Day says the layoffs couldn’t have come at a worse time.
“A lot of people were under the impression they’d still be working come the middle of January,” Day said.
“Now, they’ll be completely out of work by the Christmas break. That was money people were banking on for them and their families.”
At about the same time last year, Day said the tubular division had about 700 workers.
“These staffing adjustments that began in November and are continuing in December are matching the size of our workforce with the demand for production of certain tubular products,” said Patrick Waldron, Evraz North America’s director, communications and industry affairs.
“As large pipe projects are completed and work runs out, the layoff take place. This outlook and the difficult decisions it has forced have been shared with union leadership and team members. ”
He said the layoffs are partly due to the impact of COVID-19 and a decline in the energy sector.
The steel division at Evraz is still operating at full capacity.