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Highland Valley Copper employees ratify new contract

Unionized workers at Highland Valley Copper have a new contract. Members of United Steelworkers voted this week 84.5 per cent in favour of a new deal with Teck -- a collective agreement that includes $12,000 signing bonuses.
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Unionized workers at Highland Valley Copper have a new contract.

Members of United Steelworkers voted this week 84.5 per cent in favour of a new deal with Teck -- a collective agreement that includes $12,000 signing bonuses.

"It's good," union president Kyle Wolff told KTW. "Sometimes you don't want a really strong ratification vote -- people are always unhappy about something."

The agreement came after bargaining resumed following a 99.8 per cent vote in favour of striking last month.

Wolff said it's nice to have a deal after nearly a year of negotiations.

"I'd say everyone's satisfied with the contract," he said. "It's five years, so it gives them some labour stability. We hope that now we can get back to the normal course of business."