SUDBURY, ON, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) members
employed by Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. in Sudbury have ratified a
three-year collective agreement providing improvements in wages,
pensions, benefits and job security.
The new deal, which takes effect July 1, was negotiated earlier this
month between Quadra FNX and USW Local 2020, which represents 378
workers at the mining company.
"We were proud to recommend this package to our members," said USW
bargaining committee chairman Denis Morrisette. "It's a fair deal for
our members and for the employer."
"This agreement breaks a pattern in the mining industry of attempts by
employers to impose concessions on their workers," said Wess Dowsett,
Steelworkers Area Coordinator for Northeastern Ontario.
The agreement provides wage increases topping three per cent annually,
improvements to the retirement plan and enhancements to job security
language, vacation entitlement, health and safety language and
Benefit improvements include new dental coverage categories such as
orthodontics coverage for workers' children and benefits coverage for
up to six months in the event of lay-offs.
"This deal is good for our members and good for the Sudbury community,"
said Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director. "It clearly demonstrates
that Quadra FNX sees its future growth dependant on a workforce that is
respected and treated fairly. It shows the community that fair deals
can be negotiated without the need to have strikes."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director, 416-577-4045, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Wess Dowsett, USW Area Coordinator, 705-675-2461, ext 226, email@example.com.