Longshoremen at the Baie-Comeau Port renew their collective agreement with Arrimage du Nord

The some 70 longshoremen at the Baie-Comeau Port signed a new collective agreement yesterday. The working conditions of the regular and casual employees improved significantly, especially with respect to vacation and various premiums.

They obtained wage increases averaging out to 2.12% annually over five years.

“Negotiations not only produced a renewed collective agreement but also sparked discussions on several subjects aimed at improving operations and communications between the parties. We are satisfied with the outcome of these negotiations,” mentioned Gilles Hovington, President of CUPE 5159.

Longshoremen at the Baie-Comeau Port regularly load and unload ships at the federal port and the Alcoa port and terminal. They had been without a collective agreement since November 1, 2018. 

“This 5-year collective agreement has not only made for more secure working conditions but also gave a certain piece of mind to the employer, which seems intent on gaining an increasing foothold in our area,” pointed out CUPE union representative Charlaine Sirois.

Source: CUPE National