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“We, as Elks, do many great things across this country.”
- Dave Hurley  
- Grand Exalted Ruler   
of the Elks of Canada   
 
Workers at Teck Coal’s Elkview mine near Sparwood voted 56.9 per cent in opposition of a tentative settlement between the United Steelworkers Local 9346 Bargaining Committee and the company last week.
After six weeks of strike action, which began on January 30th after talks broke down, the company and bargaining committee resumed talks on March 12th, coming to a tentative agreement over a new proposed five-year contract, retroactive to Oct. 31, 2010, when the last contract expired.
The settlement was then forwarded to union members and subjected to a ratification vote by union members, which took place over the course of four days.
Of the 689 eligible voters, 595 employees voted, with 339 voting against accepting the deal, as the pivotal issues of employee RRSP contributions, retiree benefits, and wage increases retroactive to Nov. 1, 2010 were not addressed.
 
“There were many issues which were not addressed properly,” said Union President Chris Nand, who is also a member of the bargaining committee.
As of yet, Nand says he has not received word from the company as to when they wish to resume talks.
“We’re still waiting to hear back from them, and we’ll see what happens then,” he said.
In a letter to Teck President and CEO Don Lindsey, Nand wrote “we feel that it is in the best interests of both parties to get back to the table quickly, so that a deal can be reached and this issue can be resolved.”
Nand said more than 500 employees have signed up for picket duty, and are holding strong in the face of adversity.
“Our membership is standing strong,” said Nand. “We’re prepared to wait it out until our needs are addressed.”
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