Steelworkers Ratify Collective Agreement with Mosaic Potash Colonsay Operations

    SASKATOON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7656 members
employed at Mosaic Potash's Colonsay Operations, about a hour east of
Saskatoon, have voted to ratify a collective agreement which will be in place
from August 14 to April 30, 2012.
    The agreement provides across-the-board wage increases of 5, 5.5 and 5.5
per cent, along with premium increases for tradespersons in the second and
third years of the contract.
    Office and technical employees receive 5.5 per cent wage increases in all
three years, alongside new job classification categories.
    USW Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt says that both sides bargained a
fair agreement.
    "We are pleased to reach a collective agreement which addresses several
concerns of our members," says Hunt. "Even though potash production has been
curbed during the current global economic crisis, our members are entitled to
an increasing share of the comfortable profits that Mosaic and other
Saskatchewan potash producers are making."
    The agreement includes increases to pension plans and improvements to
dental and vision care.
    New job posting provisions are provided along with improved provisions on
probation, recall rights and the use of temporary employees in work or
production schedules and loadout procedures.
    The agreement also includes improvements to bereavement leave and a top
up benefit for EI compassionate care. The company will also cover
return-to-home travel at the end of an overtime shift.
    Mosaic has agreed that no temporary supervisors will be employed during
layoff situations.
    A supplemental agreement on shift scheduling was also agreed to along
with the striking of a joint committee to improve return to work for injured

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