NEW YORK Xstrata Nickel
said it has reached a tentative deal for a new collective
bargaining agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)
Sudbury Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 598, which
represents production and maintenance employees at its Sudbury,
Details of the agreement will be
presented to union members and will be followed by a
ratification vote, the company said. The unions
bargaining team has unanimously recommended acceptance of the
new deal, according to Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata
The prior agreement expired at
midnight Jan. 31.
"We believe the new offer is
fair and balances the needs of our company with those of
employees. We can now look forward to working together to
pursue our goals in Sudbury, positioning our business for
future success. The positive outcome from these negotiations
was the result of dedication and commitment on both sides of
the bargaining table, and I congratulate both teams for their
success," Marc Boissonneault, vice president of Xstrata
Nickel-Sudbury Operations, said in a statement.
CAW Local 598 couldnt be
reached for comment.
Toronto-based Xstrata Nickels Sudbury facility employs
more than 1,300 permanent employees and includes underground
mines, a mill and a smelter.