DSI-Canada in Rouyn-Noranda - Group insurance to be paid by the employer

    ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The 30 steelworkers at
DSI-Canada in Rouyn-Noranda have accepted a new, three-year collective
agreement which calls for the employer to assume responsibility for the cost
of group insurance. "These workers have been with the Steelworkers for four
years. We couldn't change everything right off the bat with the first work
agreement. The group insurance was very expensive for our members. The
employer had to move on this, this year. Our members are very pleased with
this gain and also with the wage increases that they obtained," declared
Gaétan Lyrette, Staff Representative of the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    The group insurance plan was costing $41.77 per week for family coverage
and $20.68 per week for single employees. "It made no sense. This was the top
priority for our members. The next item on our agenda was to improve wages. We
won an increase of 11.2%," continued the Staff Representative.
    The pension plan has also been improved, as has the vacation plan. As far
as non-monetary clauses are concerned, we obtained improvements in the clauses
on sub-contracting, leave for union business and time frames for arbitration.
    Finally, a joint committee on career training has been formed.
    The average hourly wage is $18.50. These steelworkers manufacture anchor
bolts for the mining industry. The new collective agreement was accepted by
83% of votes on February 17, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Gaétan Lyrette, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(819) 762-3001

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