Workers at First Nickel Approve New Agreement

July 24, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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Workers at the First Nickel mine in Lockerby, Ontario approved a new four-year deal by 94 per cent at a ratification meeting on July 9.

Workers at First Nickel, members of Mine Mill Local 598/CAW, worked to ensure there were no concessions to their current language and that the new agreement improved job security.

"The negotiations went well," said Richard Paquin, President of Mine Mill Local 598/CAW. "Talks were cordial and both parties agree that this is a fair deal and shows our commitment to the success of the Lockerby Depth Project and First Nickel Inc."

The new deal which has no concessions includes wage increases in wages and benefits over the four years of the agreement. The agreement also includes improvements to language and a signing bonus and secures a four-year contract.

Mine Mill Local 598/CAW represents 115 workers at the Lockerby mine working in production and maintenance. The mill produces approximately 10 million pounds of payable nickel and approximately seven million pounds of payable copper annually.

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