Steelworkers ratify agreement with Scaw Metals (AltaSteel Ltd.)

    EDMONTON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers' (USW)
Local 5220 have ratified a new collective agreement with AltaSteel Ltd. of the
Scaw Metals Group.
    Wage increases averaging 17.5 per cent over three years will make
AltaSteel an industry leader, along with pension increases that follow the
industry standard.
    The agreement provides increases of $3 in the basic pension to $61 from
the current $58 by Aug. 1, 2009, along with lump-sum payments of $500 at the
end of 2007 and 2008 for retirees and surviving spouses of workers who retired
prior to Aug. 1 2004. As well, all pensioners are guaranteed a minimum of
2 per cent indexing in each year of the agreement.
    Also improved are group insurance, long term disability, vision care,
orthodontics, as well as a massage and physiotherapy benefit of $400 per year
per family.
    Opportunities for skills development have been increased, with nine new
apprenticeships added.
    Also enshrined in the new contract is language stressing 'zero tolerance'
as the goal for preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
    "This agreement sets the parties up for moving forward and for the
company to carry on with capital investment," said Local 5220 President Paul
    Voting on the agreement took place over the last two weeks since a
tentative deal was reached at the beginning of August.
    Formerly part of the Stelco chain, AltaSteel was purchased by
South-Africa-based Scaw Metals in early 2006. This is the first agreement
reached with the new company.

    The United Steelworkers is Canada's most diverse union, representing more
than 280,000 men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Perreault (president, Local 5220), (780)

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