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Xstrata Nickel reaches labor deal at Sudbury

Keywords: Tags  Xstrata Nickel, Sudbury, nickel premiums, Marc Boissonneault, Canadian Auto Workers, Daniel Fitzgerald

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, Ontario, facility.

Details of the agreement will be presented to union members and will be followed by a ratification vote, the company said. The union’s bargaining team has unanimously recommended acceptance of the new deal, according to Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata Plc.

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 couldn’t be reached for comment.

Toronto-based Xstrata Nickel’s Sudbury facility employs more than 1,300 permanent employees and includes underground mines, a mill and a smelter.

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