Bargaining with ABI in Bécancour - Three-Year Collective Agreement Deal Reached



    BECANCOUR, QC, May 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The 866 members of the United
Steelworkers (FTQ) at ABI in Bécancour have voted 93 per cent in favour of a
new, three-year collective agreement. "With this agreement, the company has
agreed to salary increases, pension indexing and higher vacation pay. For
their part, workers accepted a 15 per cent reduction in hours," said Clément
Masse, President of Local 9700 of the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    Masse added, "Under this agreement, there will be no layoffs and the
veiled threat of closure has passed. ABI now has a viable alternative strategy
to help carry it through the economic crisis. We have fulfilled the mandate
with which our members have charged us by improving the collective agreement
and avoiding layoffs."
    On March 4 - just prior to bargaining on a new collective agreement - the
employer had announced that it would unilaterally seek a 15 per cent reduction
in hours.
    This new agreement applies to the three unionized sectors covered by the
United Steelworkers (FTQ): production, clerical, and laboratory. The employee
participation rate in the ratification meetings was on the order of 89 per
cent.

    The ABI smelter, located in Bécancour, has been producing aluminum since
1986.




For further information:

For further information: Clément Masse, United Steelworkers (FTQ), Local
9700: (819) 370-7392


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