TIMMINS, ON, Oct. 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Improved wages, benefits and pensions are among the gains achieved by United Steelworkers (USW) members in a new collective agreement with Goldcorp in Timmins.
Members of Steelworkers Local 7580 voted overwhelmingly on Monday to ratify a three-year collective agreement that includes total wage increases of 6%, a $500 signing bonus and improved language on cost-of-living allowances.
The new contract for 280 workers at Goldcorp's Timmins operations will also provide pension benefit increases of more than 8% over the agreement's term, to $66 per month, per year of service. As well, the qualifying age for a full pension has been reduced to 62.
The agreement includes several benefits improvements and an increase in the parental leave top-up to $225 per week. The contract strengthens language on recall and seniority rights, employee training related to technological change, as well as new provisions to support employees affected by domestic violence.
Ratification of the new contract marks the ninth successive collective agreement reached between the USW and Goldcorp without a labour dispute – over a period of 27 years.
"The union and the company came to the bargaining table with a willingness to engage in good-faith, respectful negotiations and the result is a good collective agreement that has been ratified by our members," said USW Local 7580 President Mike Huard.
"We are committed to working together to ensure sustainable operations and maintain good jobs in our community," Huard said.
"I congratulate Steelworkers Local 7580 members for building on the progress made over the years to improve their working and living standards, from wages and benefits to pensions and health and safety," said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.
"This successful collective bargaining history exemplifies the USW's track record in negotiating good contracts with employers across the country. In fact, 97% of USW collective agreements are negotiated and ratified without a labour dispute of any kind," Warren said.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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