CAW Members Ratify New Agreement at Xstrata

September 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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CAW Local 599 members who work at the Xstrata Kidd Metallurgical site in Timmins, Ontario have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year collective agreement.

The workers voted 92 per cent in favour of the agreement which includes wage increases, benefit improvements, a $2,000 signing bonus and extends the recall rights of 30 workers on layoff for another year.

Wage increases are 3.25 per cent in the first year, three per cent in the second and two per cent in the third year.

CAW Local 599 represents 160 workers at the facility, plus those on layoff. This is the first agreement since the company shut down smelter operations in May 2010 at the Kidd site.

The agreement was reached nine days before the deadline.

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