Mecachrome in Montréal-Nord - Steelworkers negotiate to catch up with the competition

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, the 95 steelworkers at
Mecachrome Montréal-Nord signed a new four-year collective agreement that
enables them to catch up with the working conditions that exist at competing
companies. "We redesigned the collective agreement so that it would protect
our members more effectively with respect to current changes in the job
market. For example, the clauses on schedules, bonuses and overtime were
renegotiated and in many cases rewritten. Wages have been increased. Sick days
and a dental plan have been introduced for the first time," declared
Alain Croteau, Staff Representative of the United Steelworkers (FTQ).
    The wage increases will be 2% per year for the first three years, and
2.5% in the last year. It should be noted that the pay scale changes that have
been negotiated may result in increases above the minimum 2% in the first
    A new, member-funded pension plan has been negotiated, and the employer
has undertaken to pay 2% per year for the first two years and 3% per year for
the last two years. The insurance plan has also been improved.
    The plant was purchased a few years ago by Mecachrome, a French company
that manufactures parts for the aerospace industry and engines for the
automotive industry. The company benefited from support from the FTQ
Solidarity Fund in the order of $40 million. Its head office is in Montréal.
    The average hourly rate is currently $20. These workers have been members
of the United Steelworkers (FTQ) for the past 30 years.

For further information:

For further information: Alain Croteau, United Steelworkers (FTQ), (514)

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