Members of USW 816 Locked Out by Lafarge Reach Tentative Agreement

Texada Island - Members of the United Steelworkers Local 816, locked out by Lafarge Canada at the Texada Island limestone mine since October 17, 2016, have reached a tentative agreement with their employer. 

After previous offers were rejected the parties agreed to return to the table. As a result the USW secured an agreement with no concessions, maintained seniority rights, and also secured wage and benefit increases similar to other collective agreements in the sector.

Beginning this Saturday USW Local 816 bargaining committee will provide members updates on the details of the tentative agreement, followed by a ratification vote.

USW Local 816 thanks community members, other Steelworker locals and unions in the region for their support as well as the important global solidarity from IndustriALL and its allies.

Texada Island has a rich history of mining limestone dating back as early as 1918. The mine is the oldest active mine in the province and produces limestone used to make cement that is critical to so many infrastructure projects.

For more information contact:
Earl Graham, Staff Representative 604-341-6381

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