ArcelorMittal employees reach agreement after week-long lockout

MONTREAL – After a lockout that lasted a little over a week, about 285 employees at ArcelorMittal’s west Contrecoeur plant will return to work Monday.

The employees accepted, with 84 per cent of the vote, a proposal submitted by a Ministry of Labour mediator Friday night, according to a union statement.

The deal outlines that new employees at the site will receive a member-funded benefit pension plan.

The employer contribution will remain the same as it is now and the union will pick up any future debt or surplus.

“Given the circumstances, it’s an honourable contract,” said Yves Rolland, locale 6951 union president, in a statement.

“We would have preferred to maintain the same plan for all of our workers. In any case, they can count on a similar plan.”


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