Steelworkers Negotiate Significant Improvements at Quadra FNX

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 benefits.

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, wfraser@usw.ca;
Wess Dowsett, USW Area Coordinator, 705-675-2461, ext 226, wdowsett@usw.ca.


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