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Algoma, USW Local 2251 Reach Tentative Labor Deal

Written by Laura Miller

Canada’s Algoma Steel and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2251 announced they have reached a new, tentative five-year labor deal.


The bargaining committee of Local 2251 is “unanimously recommending the offer,” encouraging membership to vote in favor of the fair agreement during the ratification vote scheduled for Aug. 25 and Aug. 29. The Local represents hourly workers at Algoma’s sheet and plate mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The two sides had agreed just weeks ago to avoid a strike and lockout through at least September 1, but at the time the Local bargaining committee had recommended its members reject Algoma’s prior labor offer.

Now, “We are pleased to inform our membership that we have been able to negotiate a fair agreement with Algoma Steel,” stated USW Local 2251 president Mike DaPrat. “We believe that this agreement will serve our needs for the next five years. The negotiating committee wishes to thank its members for their continued support throughout the process.”

“This agreement avoids disruption to our operations and directs our attention to continuing the exciting momentum we have generated together on course to becoming a leading provider of green steel in North America,” commented Algoma president and CEO Michael Garcia.

Members of USW Local 2724, representing Algoma’s salaried workers, ratified their new labor agreement on July 26.

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