NEW YORK Vale SA has
struck a deal with United Steelworkers union Local 2020-05 on a
four-year labor agreement covering 276 office, technical and
professional employees at the companys Sudbury, Ontario,
The contract, which will remain
in effect through March 31, 2017, includes improvements to the
current pay-for-performance practices and collective agreement
language, as well as the option to negotiate an extension to
the term of the contract, Vale said.
USW area coordinator Wess
Dowsett described the contract as "a good deal," noting that
the agreement was recommended unanimously by the bargaining
committee and ratified by members with a 90-percent
"Working cooperatively, the
teams have put together a new collective agreement that
balances both the needs of the company and our employees,"
Kelly Strong, Vale vice president of Ontario and United Kingdom
operations, said in a statement.
The Rio de Janeiro-based company
laid off 30 nonunion support and service employees from its
Sudbury operations March 19 as part of a cost-cutting
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