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Thunder Bay grainhandlers vote in favour of contract offer

Strike adverted of 180 workers from three elevator operations
Thunder Bay grain elevator-ship
(Port of Thunder Bay photo)

Grainhandlers working for three companies in Thunder Bay have voted strongly in favour of a contract offer, preventing a work stoppage.

About 180 workers employed by elevator operators Richardson, Viterra and Superior Elevator approved the offer in a vote on May 26, with sources indicating that more than 80 per cent voted in favour.

The United Steelworkers had issued a strike notice last week, with a labour disruption set for last weekend, but that notice was rescinded after the two sides agreed to mediation.

The strike notice had been reinstated, and a walkout was set to take place Saturday if the offer wasn't approved. The previous collective agreement expired on Feb. 1.

— TBnewsWatch