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Baffinland Iron Mines employees vote in favour of collective agreement negotiated by the IUOE

Mining News - Published on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

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What started as an organizing drive in May 2017 has culminated in the successful ratification of a first collective agreement with Baffinland Iron Mine Corp to represent its production employees, that will be effective May 1, 2019. The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 ("IUOE Local 793") appreciates Baffinland's decision to sit down and negotiate a fair and reasonable mutual gains partnership agreement. With the goal of increasing Union membership, IUOE Local 793 had set as priorities – in their recently concluded Strategic Plan – to augment its organizing with mines and continue its efforts to establish representation rights in Nunavut.

The mine itself is located in Mary River in northwest Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. It is an open pit iron mine and is said to be the world's sixth most northerly mine.

As of the date of closing of the ratification vote there were upward of 800 workers employed in various positions within the bargaining unit, including many ore haul truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, skilled trades, and other workers.

IUOE Local 793's sister organization, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, has offered heavy equipment operator training to the Inuit communities of Nunavut since January 2005. IUOE Local 793 itself was granted a Charter to organize and represent employees in Nunavut on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers in 2014.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 18 Apr 2019
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