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Velan locks out 400 Montreal workers who rejected collective agreement


May 26, 2015
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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May 26, 2015 – The Canadian Press is reporting that Velan Inc. has locked out about 400 unionized employees at three Montreal plants where a tentative collective agreement was rejected.

The company says it acted because the union launched pressure tactics such as work slowdowns and other disruptions that it said posed health and safety concerns. There was reportedly a 78-per-cent vote against a new labour agreement that provided 2.5 per cent annual wage increases for three years.

Workers in Granby, Que., which has about 100 employees, voted 90 per cent in favour of the agreement.

The union says certain parts of the agreements that gave the company additional labour flexibility were different at the Granby and Montreal locations.

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The industrial valve maker employs more than 2,000 people at manufacturing plants in 11 countries.

— With files from The Canadian Press