New settlements for workers at two Renfrew County employers will mean a more secure future in 2017, said the United Steelworkers union (USW).
Employees at Pemco in Pembroke, Ont., have negotiated an agreement that includes a new, union-trusteed multi-employer pension plan, improved wages, vacation and benefits. The agreement is in place until 2019, according to the union.
Workers at Pemco make steel components for the home construction industry.
At Samuel, Son and Co., workers have also negotiated a three-year agreement, which includes an improved registered pension plan, a new, short-term-disability plan, wage increases and benefits, said the union.
The steel service facility is a distribution centre for the region.
"With all the negative news about worker displacement in today's economy, it remains the union's top priority to negotiate good contracts with employers who respect their workers and their rights," said Marty Warren, USW Ontario director. "
Steelworkers’ union members at Pemco and Samuel, Son. and Co., are members of USW local 6946, an amalgamated union local.