New Agreement at Nyrstar Myra Falls Mine in British Columbia

February 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EST

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After four months of negotiations, the 240 members of CAW Local 3019 have ratified a new collective agreement that resists concessions and provides wage increases and other gains.

CAW Local 3019 represents mine workers at Nyrstar Myra Falls outside of Campbell River, B.C. Workers voted 69% in favour of the new contract.

Wage improvements were 12 per cent over the four-year term, retroactive to the expiry of the collective agreement on October 1, 2012. Many other improvements were made including an increase in the pension, unlimited lifetime maximum for extended health, better defined training and job posting language and a recognition of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Mining for all training.

Bill Garton, President of Local 3019 and chairperson of the negotiating committee said he's pleased with the outcome after a tough round of bargaining.

"There are wage increases and a modest increase in the pension. Just as importantly, the company was not able to establish a defined contribution plan for new hires nor establish a casual classification at the mine," Garton said. 

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