Highland Valley Steelworkers Vote on Tentative Agreement


Steelworkers Local 7619 and Teck Resources have reached a tentative agreement following a 22-hour bargaining session
last Friday.

The former agreement was set to run out at midnight Friday. Earlier last week, employees at the Highland Valley Copper
mine near Logan Lake, BC, voted 99.5% in favour of strike action to back their demands.

Local union president Richard Boyce said the bargaining committee has recommended its members accept the package.
“We believe it’s a good deal,” he said. “It’s one worth considering.” Boyce said the union would not be releasing details until members have a chance to see the proposed contract. The 1100 members will vote from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16.

The three main issues have been wages, pensions and benefits.
Boyce says that mediator Vince Ready, called in to help with negotiations, played a key role in helping to reach a deal. On Sept. 22, as negotiations got underway, Teck announced major upgrades to the mine, which will include a $475-million mill-modernization project.