Ontario Northland and United Steelworkers Reach Tentative Labour Agreement

NORTH BAY, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland and the United Steelworkers TC Local 1976 (USW TC Local 1976; United Steelworkers) announced today that they have reached a tentative labour agreement.  The tentative agreement covers two (2) collective agreements and more than 115 USW TC Local 1976 unionized employees working as customer service sales agents, rail traffic controllers, locomotive engineers and conductors.

"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative settlement with employees represented by the United Steelworkers union," said Corina Moore, Chief Operating Officer and lead negotiator. "We view this as an example of labour and management working together for the benefit of Ontario Northland and all of Northeastern Ontario."

"It's an excellent agreement," said Ron Marleau, VP of District 6 for TC Local 1976 of the United Steelworkers.  "This four year deal provides stability and security for our members."

USW TC Local 1976 represents members who live and work throughout Ontario Northland's Northeastern Ontario service territory, including in the communities of Moosonee, Hearst, Cochrane, Timmins, Matheson, Kirkland Lake, Englehart, New Liskeard and North Bay. 

Details of the four year contracts will be presented to the USW TC Local 1976 membership at upcoming ratification meetings.  Previous contracts had expired on December 31, 2010.

"This tentative agreement demonstrates the strong commitment of our employees to support the long term success and sustainability of Ontario Northland at a time when the regional economy is extremely difficult," commented Paul Goulet, President and CEO of Ontario Northland.

Ontario Northland, an Agency of the Province of Ontario, was established in 1902 and is a recognized leader in promoting sustainable economic growth by establishing and operating transportation and telecommunication links, primarily in Northeastern Ontario.  With more than 1,000 employees who live and work in the North, Ontario Northland and the economic activity it stimulates, has a dramatic impact in the region.

SOURCE Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

For further information:

Media Inquiries
Beverly Martin, Ontario Northland, 705.472.4500 or 800.363.7512 ext. 265; cell: 705.845.8884

Ron Marleau, VP District 6, United Steelworkers TC Local 1976, 705.495.4161 ext. 437; cell: 705.845.8004


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