I was a mid-management supervisor of three primary trade groups in Vancouver Shipyard and Vancouver Drydock and my comments are based upon my experiences only.
I found generally both the unionized workforce and my trades peers to be communicative, intelligent and knowledgeable, however, there was also a noticeable tension within some departments towards the upper management for creating a divisive environment undermining the moral and productivity within these departments.
Meetings are meant to improve overall efficiency and to co-ordinate operations. Often the lack of any agenda, the frequency and overall length of these meetings were considered by myself and others to be an annoyance and on many occasions were ineffective.
Redoing the same work over and over, repeating the same mistakes over and over, inconsistencies from the Technical Department, what? no budgets for departments to maintain inventories, major equipment or tools, power struggles within management were only some issues ongoing during my tenure.
An upper management with inspiring credentials serving the whimsy of a billionaire owner of a conglomerate, smiling and hand shaking like some politician.
On the plus side, I meet a lot of great people there, many still work there today in various capacities and many have moved on...it was great knowing you.