Settlement averts strike at Esco Engineered Products

    PORT HOPE, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW)
Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced Tuesday that members of USW
Local 7175 have voted in favour of a three-year collective agreement with Esco
Engineered Products.
    The settlement and ratification averted the possibility of a strike,
action which the 175 workers were prepared to take if a settlement had not
been reached. The previous five-year contract expired on Dec. 31.
    The new deal brings with it wage increases of three per cent in each of
the three years, along with improvements to benefits such as health care,
vision care and pensions. Workers' rights are more secure with the inclusion
of a 'sunset' clause in the event of suspension.
    Esco in Port Hope is part of Oregon-based Esco Corporation, a worldwide
maker of engineered metal parts and components.

    The United Steelworkers represents more than 280,000 men and women
working in every sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Mohamed Baksh (USW Staff Representative), (905)

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