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Lock out of Velan’s unionized workers ends in Montreal

New collective bargaining agreement lasts three years.


June 9, 2015
by PLANT Staff

MONTREAL — Unionized workers at a Velan plant in Montreal have accepted the recommendation of the mediator-conciliator nominated by the Ministry of Labour, ending a lockout that started May 25.

The agreement includes a joint Operation Improvement Committee that will coordinate the implementation of new work methods and coordinate related training activities. It also stipulates that the parties will ask the Secretary of Labour to appoint a resource to support the committee in its meetings.

“We have a production plan that will enable us to quickly recover the production lost during the lock- out, while our lead times for future customer orders are unaffected by the short work stoppage,” said Yves Leduc, Velan’s president.

The new collective bargaining agreement will be in force for three years.

Velan Inc. is a global manufacturer of industrial valves with over 2,000 employees and production facilities in 10 countries.

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