The union representing employees at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Nunavik, Que. has ratified an agreement that includes benefits gains and increases in paid disability leave.

Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of the members of United Steelworkers Local 9449 voted in favour of the five-year agreement, which includes short-term disability coverage of 70 per cent of a scheduled workweek’s salary and advanced coverage from the employer until paid by the insurer. Long-term disability coverage will increase to 70 per cent of a worker’s monthly base salary, up to a monthly benefit of $4,000.

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Employees will also receive $260,000 in basic life insurance, increased from double their annual base salary, as well as increases in generic prescription drug coverage, prescription eyewear and eye exams, hearing aids and orthodontic care.

Workers will also receive wage increases of 6.8 per cent in the first year, 3.5 per cent for the following two years and three per cent for each of the last two years. A 10 per cent bonus that was previously negotiated will be rolled into the general wage structure.

The agreement concluded a 15-week strike by unionized workers at the site.

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