Clean Harbors workers OK new deal

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The picket line at Clean Harbors Dec. 1

The Independent

After two weeks on the picket line, workers at Clean Harbors have a new contract.

The 76 people who process hazardous waste voted 97 per cent in favour of the four year deal Monday according the Unifor Local 914.

The workers walked off the job Nov. 22 after talks broke down over issues like gender equality, seniority, wages and health and safety. At a rally last week, union officials said the local had decided to stay on strike until management agreed to make sure women had equal seniority rights.

Officials say the deal will increase wages by 10 per cent over the life of the contract and improve benefits, provides stronger language for modified work, accommodation and training.