Steelworkers ratify agreements with Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.

    TRAIL, BC, June 11 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers (USW)
Locals 480 and 9705 have ratified a settlement with Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.
that includes a $5,000 signing bonus and total wage increases of 15 per cent
over four years.
    The two collective agreements are effective as of June 1 and remain until
May 31, 2012. Both carry increases in benefits such as the dental plan and
vision care, along with an 18-per-cent increase in basic pensions.
    Production and maintenance workers (Local 480) no longer have a limit on
their pension bridge entitlement and will receive $25 times years of service
with no maximum. Long term disability benefits will increase annually by the
same percentage as wages.
    Both production and office and technical employees (Local 9705) will see
parental leave increase from 12 to 37 weeks, with combined parental and
maternity leave going from 32 to 52 weeks.
    Specifically, wage increases are: four per cent as of June 1, 2008; four
per cent on June 1, 2009; four per cent on of June 1, 2010; and three per cent
on June 1, 2011.
    "This set of negotiations was a significant improvement over 2005 when
our members were forced to take strike action that lasted three months," said
Local 480 President Doug Jones. "Our members showed just as much solidarity
this time around and it's thanks to them that we were able to reach a decent
settlement without a labour dispute."
    "Teck Cominco seems more prepared to work with us in a more productive
way," said Local 9705 President Rick Georgetti. "Our members and the community
will benefit from that."

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy. Together, Locals 480 and 9705
represent about 1,280 employees at Teck Cominco's Trail smelter.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Will (USW Representative); Doug Jones,
(250) 368-9131; Rick Georgetti, (250) 364-1231

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