This was followed by a press release from Local 793 on the ratification of the provincial collective agreement. OPERATING ENGINEERS RATIFY NEW AGREEMENT WITH CONTRACTORS OAKVILLE – Members of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers have ratified a new three-year provincial collective agreement with contractors. The members of the Union voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement […] “All rates and salary increases in the collective agreement are guaranteed by contract over the duration of this collective agreement,” Peet said in an email. The new collective agreement also strengthens workplace safety, Peet said. More than 800 truckers, truckers, craftsmen and other workers at the Mary River iron ore mine in Nunavut have ratified a collective agreement with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. (File photo). The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 (“IUOE Local 793”), welcomes Baffinland`s decision to meet and negotiate a fair and reasonable partnership agreement on mutual benefits. “In the collective agreement, both parties reaffirm their commitment to a true safety culture first and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. reaffirms its responsibility to provide appropriate tools, training, inspections and safety procedures,” Peet said. “We thank Baffinland employees for trusting local IUOE 793 and for having the confidence to vote in favour of the interim agreement,” Mike Gallagher, IUOE Local 793`s director of business, said in a press release.

The agreement will run from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2019. It provides for an increase in the monetary package of a total amount of $3.95 per hour over a three-year value. Wages increased by $1.35 per hour retroactively to May 27, 2016, $1.30 per hour on May 1, 2017 and $1.30 per hour on May 1, 2018. The agreement also contains many language improvements and travel schedules, room and meals and meals have also been increased. No concessions were made by the union. The payroll is the highest of all occupations in the ICI construction sector. The International Union of Operating Engineers is dedicated to serving and protecting the needs and interests of its members and their families through the collective bargaining process, legislation and extensive training and skills improvement programs. IUOE Local 793 has a head office and training campus in Oakville, Ontario, another training campus in Morrisburg, Ontario and district offices in the province of Ontario.