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Stelco workers vote ‘yes’ on agreement that clears way for sale to Bedrock

U.S. Steel Corp.'s former Stelco plant has been a fixture on Hamilton's industrialized shoreline for decades.
U.S. Steel Corp.'s former Stelco plant has been a fixture on Hamilton's industrialized shoreline for decades. Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

Steelworkers Local 1005 voted yes on a collective agreement Tuesday, that clears the way for the sale of Hamilton steelmaker Stelco to Bedrock Industries.

Approximately 540 active workers were eligible to vote. Members voted to accept the contract by 63.8 per cent and 90 per cent of the membership turned out to vote.

READ MORE: Hamilton Stelco workers reach tentative deal with Bedrock Industries

The judge overseeing the court-supervised sale has indicated that collective bargaining agreements are needed, before he will sign off on the deal.

It has already been approved by steelworkers in Nanticoke.

The details were presented to active workers and retirees, during separate meetings last week.

Voting wrapped up around 8 p.m.

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