Steelworkers ratify agreement with Vale-Inco Manitoba operations

    THOMPSON, MB, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW)
Local 6166 have voted 65.5 per cent in favour of a new, three-year agreement
with Vale-Inco at the company's Manitoba operations.
    The first contract negotiated with the Brazil-based company since it
purchased Inco Ltd. in 2006, the deal maintains the employees' nickel bonus
unchanged and provides a $5,000 signing bonus for each of the local union's
1,286 members, wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments (COLA).
    Base wages will increase by 3 per cent on Sept. 16, 2008, 2.5 per cent on
Sept. 16, 2009, and 2 per cent on Sept. 16, 2010. The average total increase
over the life of the contract, including current COLA roll-in will be 13.7 per
    The agreement contains a number of new provisions, including a joint
steering committee to improve communication and provide a problem-solving
framework between the company and union. There is also a commitment to
eliminate contracting out of work that can be better performed by employees,
along with a commitment that no summer students will displace employees and
will be restricted in the jobs they can do.
    The union negotiated pension improvements and improvements to insurances,
medical emergency financial support and maternity leave.
    "This agreement is good first step in our relationship with the new
company," said Local 6166 President Les Ellsworth. "We hope that the way these
negotiations have been conducted will help set the stage for bargaining at
Vale-Inco's Ontario operation."
    Negotiations at Vale-Inco in Sudbury, ON will take place in the spring of

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy.

For further information:

For further information: Les Ellsworth (Pres., Local 6166), (204)
679-0071; Roy Leslie (USW Representative), (204) 677-1708

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