Steelworkers Make Gains in New Contracts with Ivaco Rolling Mills

L'ORIGNAL, ON, Feb. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Employees at the Ivaco Rolling Mills steel plant in L'Orignal have ratified new collective agreements providing improved wages, benefits and other significant gains.

The employees, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Locals 7940 and 8794, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify three-year collective agreements with Ivaco, a leading producer of steel billets and hot rolled wire rod. The new contracts cover 370 USW members at the steel plant in this eastern Ontario community.

"These collective agreements recognize the hard work and contributions our members make every day to the success of this operation," said Marty Warren. "These were challenging but professional negotiations and the results provide a foundation for a productive labour management relationship going forward."

The new agreements provide enhanced contracting-out protections for workers, improvements to benefits such as long-term disability coverage, vision care and life insurance, a new provision for mental health awareness training and improvements in contract language.

Wage increases and adjustments for trades positions will range from $3.82 per hour to $7.11 per hour. Wages for production employees will range from $1.50 per hour to $3 per hour. A new provision calls for retention premiums of up to $2 per hour for key positions.

Members of USW Local 9740, who work in office, clerical and technical positions at Ivaco Rolling Mills, will be negotiating a new collective agreement later this year to replace their existing contract that expires in November. The Ivaco mill in L'Orignal employs more than 500 workers.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information: Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792, mwarren@usw.ca; Richard Leblanc, USW Eastern Ontario Co-ordinator, 613-632-2995, rjleblanc@usw.ca; Denis St. Pierre, USW Communications, 416-544-5990, 647-522-1630, dstpierre@usw.ca

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