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6/29/2004



Rail News: Labor

Steelworkers' union halts contract talks with Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, iron-ore parent company


Last week, United Steelworkers of America representatives broke off contract negotiations with officials from the Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOCC), which owns and operates the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway Co. The union represents more than 1,400 hourly employees at IOCC and the 357-mile short line.

Union representatives allege that IOCC officials tabled contract language and wage proposals.

"With a peak demand and market for iron ore, there is no excuse for
pushing negotiations over the edge with unwarranted concessions," said Steelworkers' Atlantic/Ontario Director Wayne Fraser in a prepared statement, adding that union representatives will return to the bargaining table if concession demands are removed.


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