Sunday, July 1, 2012 | Categories: Documentaries
Port Union, Newfoundland (Photo: Blaine Pearson)
There's a scattering of modest two storey houses and bungalows overlooking the bay. A government wharf and some rickety, handmade older ones. But when you take a right turn off the road, the community you find is anything but typical.
Its citizens describe Port Union as the "only union-built town in North America," created from scratch in 1916 by and for members of the Fishermen`s Protective Union and their fiery leader, William Ford Coaker.
Throughout its existence, Port Union's lifeblood has been its fish plant, with its unionized workforce.
But in September 2010, Hurricane Igor hit hard and the plant shut down. Then last December, Ocean Choice International announced it was closing its Port Union operation for good.
Now the workers in this town - haunted by history and afraid of the future - have to figure out what to do and where to go.
Heather Barrett's documentary is called We Are Leaving, Mr. Coaker.