Lock-out ends for the Unifor members working at the Ash Grove cement plant

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Ash Grove workers carry banners and march.

October 7, 2022

JOLIETTE, QUE. – Gathered last night – October 6, 2022 – at a special meeting, the members of Unifor Local 177 voted in favour of the conciliator’s recommendation, ending the 16-month lock-out.

“We’re proud of the determination of our members who stood strong and never gave up. Thanks to their tenacity, this conflict came to a favourable conclusion. It’s now time to heal the wounds and get back to a normal life,” said Daniel Cloutier, Unifor-Québec Director. 

The agreement concluded for the next three years includes, in particular, a wage increase of 7.5% on signing, 3.5% for the second year, and an increase equivalent to the CPI for the third year. 

“We’re very proud of our members and extremely thankful for all of the help we received from Unifor’s locals across Canada as well as from other unions. The financial support from our sisters and brothers enabled us to fight to the finish,” said Éric Giasson, President of Local 177. 

The workers will gradually return to work as of October 17, 2022, based on the return-to-work protocol negotiated with the employer. 

About Unifor
Unifor is the largest private-sector union in Québec and Canada, representing more than 315,000 members in every sector of the economy. Unifor fights for all workers and their rights. It also struggles for equality and justice in the country and internationally and aspires to bring about progressive change for a better future. In Québec, Unifor represents close to 55,000 members and is affiliated with the largest Québec union central, the  Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).

Source: Unifor-Québec www.uniforquebec.org  
Information: Véronique Figliuzzi, Communications Representative, Unifor-Québec, 514-212-6003, @email

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