VANCOUVER – TECK COMINCO said that as a result of the strike by unionized employees at the company’s Trail operations, force majeure will be declared on all metal and chemical products sales. Deliveries will continue until inventories are depleted, and concentrates will continue to be received and stored.
The union, which represents 1,140 production and maintenance workers and 170 office and technical employees, went on strike at 5 a.m. July 19. In bargaining to date, Teck Cominco has offered wage increases of 8% over three years and a 6% increase in pensions. This would move the average wage from about $25 to $27 an hour during the proposed three-year contract.
The workers are represented by United Steelworkers Local 9705 (www.uswa.ca). This is the first strike action at the Trail Metallurgical Complex in 15 years.