ST. CATHARINES, ON, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW has reached a first
tentative agreement with Algoma Great Lakes Shipping Inc. CAW Local
4401 represents more than 350 unlicensed seafarers sailing on Algoma's
Great Lakes bulk shipping fleet. This is the first agreement between
the company and union following the 2011 sale of the Upper Lakes
Shipping Fleet to Algoma Central Corporation.
Ratification will be conducted by secret ballot mail-in vote over the
coming weeks. Information meetings about the new contract will be held
on board Algoma CAW vessels as well as in Thorold Ontario and
Clarenville & Gander Newfoundland in the near future.
"Our goals in these first contract negotiations with Algoma were to
secure commitments by Algoma to renew the fleet, bargain fair
compensation and preserve our health benefits," said CAW Local 4401
President Jim MacDougall. "With the support of our membership and the
CAW, we were able to achieve these goals."
All members of the CAW Local 4401 Executive Committee are unanimously
recommending acceptance of the new Agreement and are pleased that a
first contract with Algoma was reached without a disruption to
The previous collective agreement which expired in April 2011 was set to
legally terminate on September 25, 2012, and would have allowed the
union to strike or the company to lock out the workforce if a new
agreement was not completed by that date.
Negotiations were delayed to 2012 in order to facilitate an orderly
transition of operations from Upper Lakes Shipping Inc. to Algoma
The new four-year agreement provides wage increases of three per cent
retroactive to April 1, 2011 and two per cent retroactive to April 1,
2012 as well as a minimum three per cent wage increase with additional
cost of living inflation protection in the last two years of the
contract. Comprehensive health and related benefits and an updated
defined contribution pension plan have been maintained for the duration
of the new contract.
Details of the agreement and the vote will be released following the
completion of these meetings and receipt of the mail in ballots.
CAW Local 4401 has a hiring hall located in St. Catharines, Ontario
(905-227-7717) and represents more than 350 members sailing on the
Great Lakes for Algoma Great Lakes Shipping Inc.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more information contact CAW national representative Mike Menicanin at 905-704-8226 Jim MacDougall, President CAW Local 4401 at 905-227-7717 or CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine at 416-302-1699.