Steelworkers Win First Contract Victory at Power Precast Solutions

OTTAWA - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario Director Marty Warren has announced that new members of the union at an Ottawa-area manufacturing plant have approved their first-ever contract that guarantees significant wage increases, benefits, seniority and improved hours of work.

"This is a great step forward for workers in an industry that is vital to public and private infrastructure projects," said Warren. "We are proud to welcome these new members and happy to have negotiated a first agreement with so many advances in wages and working conditions."

Workers at Power Precast joined USW in February and now have a collective agreement with wage increases ranging from 3% to 18%, as of April 1, with the average being a 7.3% wage increase. Workers will receive another 3% increase in the second year of a two-year contract.

The agreement guarantees benefits, a retirement plan, seniority and other rights.

Power Precast Solutions' workers manufacture custom and standard drainage components, as well as components for bridges, underground electrical products, precast products for roads and highways and products for transit infrastructure.

USW represents 225,000 men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.


For further information:

Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792
David Lipton, USW Staff Representative, 613-260-7205, 613-859-8403 (c), dlipton@usw.ca

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