Solidarity won the day: Steelworkers ratify agreement with CVRD-Inco

    SUDBURY, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser said Tuesday the quick end to a strike by 330 members of
USW Local 2020 was the result of strong solidarity among members of Local 2020
itself and USW Local 6500, production and maintenance workers at CVRD-Inco.
    Late Monday Local 2020 members, CVRD-Inco's office and technical staff
ratified a new, three-year collective agreement with the company, ending a
strike that began midnight Saturday.
    "The support offered by Local 6500 and their refusal to cross picket
lines was key to ending this dispute quickly," said Fraser. "It is proof that
preparation and solidarity work in a cynical age when employers think they can
continue operating while trying to force workers to accept inferior
    "It took a strike, but we look forward to a good working relationship
with CVRD-Inco," said USW Area Coordinator Dan O'Reilly. "At the same time,
the company should never underestimate the power of solidarity."
    The agreement provides wage increases of 2.75 per cent in year one,
followed by annual increases of 2.5 and 2.25 per cent, along with enhanced
profit-sharing and improved benefits and a $4,000 signing bonus. A new
maternity leave provision allows workers to earn 90 per cent of their regular
pay and continued profit-sharing for the first 17 weeks of leave.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045;
Dan O'Reilly, (705) 675-2461, ext. 226; Dan Serre (unit chair), (705)

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