Rio Tinto Alcan workers in Alma Que vote to end labour dispute

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2012 10:50 pm MDT Rio Tinto Alcan workers in Alma, Que., vote to end labour dispute ALMA, Que. – Locked out workers at a Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Alma, Que., voted Thursday night to end a labour dispute which had been running since the start of the year.Workers in three groups voted in favour of the tentative deal with the aluminium company by margins of 82 per cent to 92 per cent.The 780 Rio Tinto Alcan workers were locked out on Dec. 30.One of the key issues in the dispute was outsourcing. The international company wanted to replace retiring workers with sub-contractors that would be paid lower wages.The union said Thursday night that the new contract limited outsourcing, bolstering the interests of the Quebec employees.During the dispute, the union had also denounced the company’s continued operation of its dams and the selling of its electricity production to Hydro-Quebec.“We faced the third-largest mining company in the world and we won,” said Leo Gerad, the international president of the United Steelworkers.“The message to multinational corporations is clear: workers are more determined than ever to defend their rights.”The new contract runs until Dec. 21, 2015. Details of the deal will be announced on Friday, the union said.“I thank our members and their families have never abandoned despite six months of lockout, said Mark Maltais, president of Local 9490.“We can go back to work with heads up.”The company welcomed the positive vote Thursday night.“This is excellent news for our employees, their families, the community, our customers and our shareholders,” said Etienne Jacques, CEO for the North American division of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal.“The agreement will help protect the competitiveness of the Alma plant in the future.”The company said management will being the back to work process for the employees over the next few days, followed by the restart of the plant smelter’s production cells.The new deal was reached Sunday with the intervention of a Ministry of Labour conciliator.The Alma plant is in Quebec’s Saguenay region, about 225 kilometres north of Quebec City. It is one of Rio Tinto Alcan’s key aluminum smelters, producing about 438,000 tonnes of aluminum a year.The lockout caused a one-third reduction in output at the smelter.Alma’s mayor had said the lockout hit the local economy hard.Marc Asselin had said a positive outcome would bring welcome relief to the community, which has been watching its pennies over the last few months.“In the last six months, people have been careful with their expenses, careful with their investments because they didn’t know when the conflict would end.”Kathleen Voyer, director general of the Lac-St-Jean-Est chamber of commerce and industry, said that prudence was clearly evident.“We saw a slowdown on the construction side, also in renovations and at the level of the car dealers,” she said. “It was the same thing in the beauty treatment sector, for example. These were the sectors that were affected more than the others.”Asselin said economic restraint was also exercised by the town, which was careful about how it spent its funds. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Track and Field Zack Bazile and the Buckeyes eye NCAA national championships

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterIt has been almost 30 years since Ohio State had a winner in long jump in the NCAA indoor national championship, when Joe Greene won the event in 1989.Senior Zack Bazile has a chance to end that drought Friday, 29 years later, when Ohio State travels to College Station, Texas, for the the NCAA indoor national championships.The two-day meet starting Friday is filled with Olympic-level talent, along with some NCAA record holders. The goal for the men’s team is to place in the top 10, something it has not done since 2004. Texas Tech is listed as the favorite to win the men’s championship and Georgia is expected to win the women’s, according to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.Despite the fact Ohio State is not seen as a favorite to win a team title, Bazile is considered the favorite to win the long jump, having the two farthest leaps this year. The first was set at the Music City Challenge on Feb. 9 at 8.13 meters. He later jumped 8.04 meters at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 23. Bazile’s success comes from more than just his speed and strength. He is able to control his speed in a way that times up well with hitting the blocks to launch himself into the air.“Speed plus height equals distance,” associate head coach Rosalind Joseph said. “The easiest way to think about the long jump is to close your eyes when you are taking off in an airplane. The airplane slows down, then you’re in trouble.”This week, Bazile’s goal has been to remain healthy and have safe landings, Joseph said. “There are things in his landing that sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and have nightmares about,” Joseph said.Junior Nick Gray is currently tied for the fastest time entering the meet with South Carolina’s Ncincilili Titi in the 200-meter dash at 20.45 seconds. Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru currently has the fastest time this season at 20.25. In 2016, Oduduru competed at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.Gray is also a member of the 4×400-meter-relay team that will take on a USC team that set an NCAA record this season with a time of 3:01.98. Currently, Ohio State has the eighth-fastest time at 3:05.09. Senior Nick Demaline is returning in shot put to try to outperform his sixth-place performance last year at the indoor championships and third at the outdoor championships. Demaline has the fifth-farthest throw of the year with a heave of 20.24 meters.Arizona’s Jordan Geist is viewed as the favorite in shot put. Last year, Geist broke the Pan American Junior Games record with a throw of 22.02 meters.Senior Cole Gorski made the last qualifying spot for the NCAA championship with a jump of 5.47 meters. The current favorite is South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen, who has the farthest jump this season of 5.80 meters. Women’s PreviewJunior Sade Olatoye will enter the weight throw with the fourth-farthest throw of 23.84 meters. She has competed against three women with farther season-high throws this year. In each matchup, Olatoye was out-thrown, including when she threw her personal best at the Big Ten Championship.Olatoye is also expected to compete in shot put. Currently, she has the 11th-farthest throw in the country with a throw of 17.27 meters. The women’s 4×400-meter relay has the seventh-fastest time heading into this meet at 3:31.52. Junior Karrington Winters currently has the second-fastest 400-meter time for Ohio State. However, due to an injury in a previous event, she was not on the 4×400-meter relay team that qualified for the national championship. Winters and all members of that qualifying team will travel to the meet. It is unclear if Winters will be running.Senior Maggie Barrie will compete in both the women’s 400-meter relay and the 400-meter individual. She just made the last qualifying spot and will be going up against Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin. McLaughlin ran for the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics at the age of 16. read more

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