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Rio Tinto Alcan union OKs four-year labor agreement

Keywords: Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, Saguenay, Jonquiere Complex, Canadian Autoworkers Union, Samuel Frizell

NEW YORK — Union workers at a number of Rio Tinto Alcan facilities in Saguenay, Quebec, have ratified a new four-year labor contract, the company says.

The agreement with the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW) Local 1937 replaces labor contracts that were set to expire in 2014. The new agreement will be valid until 2018 but may be extended until 2022, according to the Montreal-based aluminum producer, a division of London-based Rio Tinto Plc.

The contract "demonstrates our ability to work together for everyone’s benefit," Étienne Jacques, chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Alcan’s North American primary metals unit, said in a statement.

The agreement applies to all facilities tied to the Jonquière Complex and covered by the CAW Local 1937 union certification, including Arvida Works, Vaudreuil Works, Laterrière Works, Arvida Research and Development Center, the Arvida aluminum smelter, the AP60 Technology Center and the Roberval-Saguenay railway.

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