Three more trade unions have accepted deals from Hudbay as of Friday morning.
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 451 had 100 per cent of its membership vote 67 per cent in favour of accepting their offer, which would boost hourly wages by $4 over the next three years. The deal also includes a $500 signing agreement and language improvements to contracts.
International Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1614 voted 85 per cent in favour of the same deal, with 95 per cent of its membership voting.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1405 voted 53 per cent in favour of the same deal, with 83 per cent of its members voting.
A successful vote requires 50 per cent plus one.
Bargaining team member Jim Quinn, when asked if he was surprised at the results, said, “Definitely.
“I know the electrical guys were a little surprised and hoping it would be better,” he said.
Quinn also say he had expected the boilermakers’ acceptance rate to be higher than 67 per cent.
The successful vote means 180 or so tradespeople will be back on the job today.
“It’s business as usual,” said Quinn, just a few minutes after the final votes were tallied Friday morning.
He says the language changes will be looked at in the coming weeks to “make sure everything is on course and sign off on it.”
The agreement reached on Friday affects workers in Flin Flon and Snow Lake.