Marty Warren, ETC District 6 Director, 416-243-8792Myles Sullivan, ETC Northeastern Ontario Area Coordinator, 416-770-8878, firstname.lastname@example.orgRick Bertrand, ETC Local 6500 President, 705-521-3412, email@example.comSean Sparkes, ETC Local 6200 President, 289-228-6833, firstname.lastname@example.orgBob, USW Communications, 416-434-2221, email@example.com Wages will increase each year from the new agreement. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be in addition to annual wage increases. Based on inflation of 2% per annum, cola is expected to generate additional wage increases of 44 cents per hour or $2.20 per hour over the life of the agreement. “We negotiated an agreement that provides long-term security and takes into account our members` top priorities, including wages, pensions, benefits and the language of the contract,” said Sean Sparkes, president of USW Local 6200, which represents 115 workers in Port Colborne. Negotiating teams, etc. Local 6500 and 6200 have worked hard in recent months with Vale`s negotiating team to reach a new agreement in both Sudbury and Port-Colborne. “Covid-19 obviously causes a high level of stress for our people, families and communities, and we recognize that the uncertainty of collective bargaining adds another level of fear to all concerned. Although we cannot control the COVID 19 crisis, we can control our approach to negotiation,” the press release states. The support was far from unanimous, but United Steelworkers Local 6500 says he is pleased that members voted in favour of a new one-year collective agreement with Vale in Sudbury. A couple of steel workers` unions entered into an interim collective agreement with Vale just over a month before the current contract expires on May 31. Economic uncertainty led the Sudbury Vale miner and the United Steelworkers to agree to a one-year extension of the collective agreement. “This agreement is a huge achievement for our members and will benefit our families, retirees and our community for years to come,” said Rick Bertrand, President of USW Local 6500, which represents 2,700 workers in Sudbury.
SUDBURY, PORT COLBORNE, Ont. – Members of United Steelworkers in Sudbury and Port Colborne have approved a five-year collective agreement with mining giant Vale. “I commend the Sudbury and Port Colborne steelworkers for their commitment and solidarity in securing a historic agreement that will bring long-term benefits to their communities,” said Warren. “The one-year renewal of the CBA provides Vale and our employees with a solid foundation to meet the company`s challenges.