Sudbury Steelworkers ratify new contract with Vale (Sudbury Star – May 1, 2015)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

United Steelworkers locals 6500 and 6200, representing production and maintenance employees in Sudbury and Port Colborne, have voted to accept a new five-year contract, Vale announced Friday.

The new agreement takes effect on June 1. When the polls closed earlier today, 76.7% of members in Sudbury and 87% of members in Port Colborne had voted in favour of the new five-year deal.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome,” Mitch Medina, Vale’s lead negotiator, said in a release. “A new five-year agreement, delivered a month before the old contract expires, points to a maturing in our labour relations. By the time the new contract expires in 2020 we will have enjoyed an unprecedented full decade of labour peace.”

The new five-year deal contains improvements in contract language, wages, benefits and pensions. USW Locals 6500 and 6200 represent 2,800 production and maintenance employees in Sudbury and Port Colborne.

The current contract expires at midnight on May 31.

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