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Labrador west Steelworkers union and IOC returning to bargaining table

Ron Thomas, President of United Steelworkers local 5795 in Labrador west.
Ron Thomas, President of United Steelworkers local 5795 in Labrador west. Thomas said the union is returning to the table at the request of the conciliator. - Photo by Mike Power

Union could hold strike vote March 23

A government appointed conciliator for the negotiations between the United Steelworkers local 5795 and the Iron Ore Company of Canada has released her report.

The minister of Labour signed off on the report which means the union can hold a strike vote March 23.

Talks between the union and the company broke down last week and special meetings were held to bring members up to date on the state of negotiations.

Union President Ron Thomas told the Aurora proposed pension changes, changes to extended vacation, and retirement age were some of the main reasons the union walked away.

That being said, Thomas said the conciliator has requested both parties to return to the bargaining table. 

Thomas says they will, and most likely that will be the week of March 12, in Sept-Iles, QC. 

“I want to be quite clear, this meeting is at the request of the conciliator, not the union,” he said. “If things go well, and talks continue with some progress, a strike vote could be delayed.”

Thomas said the union has booked the Labrador City Arena for two meetings, March 20 at 9 p.m., and March 21st at 9 a.m., to bring members up to date, and let them have time to digest the information. 

If necessary a strike vote could be held March 23. At recent meetings the union members vote 99.6 per cent to give their executive the mandate to call a strike vote.

The Aurora is following this story, and will keep readers updated.


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