BÉCANCOUR, QC, Dec. 22, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Bécancour Smelter (ABI) put an end to negotiations late Thursday night by submitting a final and comprehensive offer. The United Steelworkers Union deplores the employer's decision to suspend negotiations with a unilateral offer rather than pursue joint efforts to reach a negotiated agreement.
"The employer has told us that it has no mandate to continue negotiating," says Local 9700 President, Clément Masse. "This is unfortunate. If the employer changes its mind, we are prepared to resume negotiations at any time. We have the mandate to do so."
The employer's unilateral offer will be studied in the coming weeks by the negotiating committee and authorities.
No interviews are being given for the time being.
The United Steelworkers Union, which is affiliated with the FTQ, is Quebec's largest private-sector union, representing 60,000 workers from all economic sectors.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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The USW is the largest private sector union in both Canada and North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide. The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing men and women working in every sector of the economy.