Oct 24, 2012- 12:20 PM
Back to work Oct. 25
More than 100 unionized workers – mostly welders and machinists – went on strike Oct. 22 at three Bristol Machine Work sites in Greater Sudbury.
Marc Ayotte, staff representative with United Steelworkers Local 2020 in Sudbury, which represents the workers, said workers agreed to a three-year deal Oct. 24. The agreement with the company was reached around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, he said.
Bristol is a Sudbury-based company that manufactures, designs, produces and refurbishes a range of equipment, mainly for the mining industry. It’s owned by John Eddy and it exports products to companies around the world, as well as selling to local mining companies.
The three-year agreement includes wage increases, Ayotte said, but declined to say how much workers will be getting. In all, 101 workers showed up to the Oct. 24 information meeting and 81 voted to accept the agreement.
Talks had been going on for about three weeks before the contract expired Oct. 19. Workers at Bristol have been organized since 1986.
The union and company met Oct. 18-19 with a provincial mediator in an attempt to reach a deal.