CAW Miners in British Columbia Ratify Agreement

January 17, 2013, 3:25 PM EST

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After more than four months of negotiations, the 470 members of Canadian Auto Workers Local 3018 have ratified a new collective agreement.

CAW Local 3018 represents mine workers at Gibraltar Mines in Williams Lake, British Columbia, a subsidiary of Teseko Mines. The December 21, 2012 vote was 88% in favour of acceptance.

Wage and benefit improvements average more than 14% over the four-year term retroactive to the expiry of the collective agreement on June 1, 2012. Many other improvements were made, including a fairer process for training and the selection of apprentices, an increase in premiums and comprehensive anti-harassment language. There were no concessions.

 Arnold Fontaine, Chairperson of the Local 3018 Negotiating Committee said: "This was our first negotiations with the CAW and we were pleased with the outcome. There is no doubt that we bargained everything we could, short of a strike. Although the membership was more than prepared to strike over the holidays, most were relieved this wasn't necessary."

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