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Union official hopeful deal also close for Voisey's Bay

Steelworkers District 6 director Wayne Fraser said he hopes a strike at Vale's Voisey's Bay mine in northern Labrador will end now that workers in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ont. have a collective agreement, according to media reports.
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Steelworkers District 6 director Wayne Fraser said he hopes a strike at Vale's Voisey's Bay mine in northern Labrador will end now that workers in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ont. have a collective agreement, according to media reports.

About 200 Voisey's Bay workers have been on strike since early August 2009, according to an article on CBC.ca.

About 3,000 workers in Sudbury and Port Colborne have been on strike since July 13. A tentative agreement was reached between Vale and the union representing the Ontario workers July 4.

Talks to resolve the Labrador strike have been held sporadically this year, including some involving a conciliator, the article said. A new round talks opened in May.

Vale spokesman Bob Carter said July 5 talks between the company and the workers at Voisey's Bay will resume within the next two weeks, the article said.

He said the negotiations concern only those directly employed by the company and that contractors will be dealt with in separate negotiations.

Carter said the company is working with a conciliator to set a specific date to begin talks.



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