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Algoma Steel strike averted, for now

All Steelworkers asked to report to work at Sault Ste. Marie steel mill
Essar Steel Algoma
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United Steelworkers Local 2251 and Algoma Steel Inc. have agreed to extend their collective agreement by 15 days.

This averts, at least temporarily, a strike that could have happened as early as Monday.

"A key issue regarding COLA [cost of living adjustment] was addressed, which allows the union to continue negotiating towards our fair share with Algoma," Local 2251's negotiating committee said in a written statement issued at 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

"We are urging all of our members to report to work as scheduled as we have an extension to our collective agreement."

"The union wishes to inform all of our volunteers on the strike committee who were scheduled to report to the union offices on Sunday, July 31 should no longer attend as the offices will be closed."

In a news release issued at 8:19 p.m., Algoma Steel said it agreed to the extension "for the purpose of continued discussions."

"This extension demonstrates the willingness of the parties to work towards an agreement that provides fair and equitable improvements to wages and benefits and supports our collective future under the electric arc transformation'," said Michael Garcia, Algoma's president and chief executive officer.

"We are fully prepared to negotiate productively with Algoma to achieve our goal of getting our fair share. All members are instructed to report to work as scheduled," added Mike Da Prat, Local 2251 president.

- SooToday