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Vale, USW sign labor deal for Sudbury white-collar workers

Keywords: Tags  Vale, United Steelworkers, USW, Wess Dowsett, Kelly Strong, collective bargaining agreement, labor contract, Sudbury Daniel Fitzgerald

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 company’s Sudbury, Ontario, operations.

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 majority.

"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 initiative (, March 20).

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