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Steelworkers vote to strike if necessary against Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

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SASKATOON, July 22 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers’ Locals 7458, 189 and 7689 have voted over 96 per cent in favour of taking strike action against Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) if no progress is made towards a new collective agreement. The Monday vote is a rejection of a company offer that does not address key issues, including control over contracting out, pensions, wages, vacation and bonus. The three locals, representing 500 workers at three mine sites, are working in coordination to achieve a fair settlement during a period of skyrocketing demand for potash. Record potash prices and continuing provincial giveaways allowed PCS to collect an after-tax profit of $566-million in the first three months of 2008. Although PCS is receiving far more profit per worker than most mining companies, it pays wages lower than many other major Canadian mining operations. The union has met with PCS about 40 times since April. “Our goal is to reach a good settlement that recognizes the value of our members’ efforts to make this company such an economic success story,” said USW negotiator Lee Edwards. “We look forward to getting back to the bargaining table to resolve this.” Workers have been without a contract since the end of April.

Canada’s most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every sector of the economy.

For further information: Lee Edwards, (306) 382-2122

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