Unionized workers at IMP Aerospace ratify three-year collective agreement

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AMHERST, N.S. - Unionized workers at IMP Aerospace in Amherst, N.S., have ratified a new, three-year collective agreement that will give them a nine per cent pay increase.
Roy Gilroy, president of the United Steelworkers of America Local 4883, says 70 per cent of the workers accepted the deal Saturday.
He says they "gained a lot of ground on the contract language" and made improvements to benefits.
The vote was held two days after the union and the company struck a tentative deal mere minutes before unionized workers were set to hit the picket line.
Under the contract, the workers will receive a three per cent pay increase per year over the life of the contract.
The last contract, signed three years ago, gave the workers a two per cent boost per year.
The increase reached in the new contract is significant for the workers, said Gilroy.
"It went right down to the wire. There was no movement left," he said.
"It was either this or we were on the street."

Organizations: IMP Aerospace, United Steelworkers of America Local 4883

Geographic location: AMHERST

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