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Sodexo workers at Mount Milligan Mine join Steelworkers union

Sodexo workers who provide catering and facilities management services at Centerra Gold’s Mount Milligan Mine, north of Prince George, B.C., have voted 92.9% in favour to join the United Steelworkers union (USW).

“We are proud to welcome the Sodexo workers at the Mount Milligan Mine to our union family and we look forward to working together to achieve a first collective agreement,” said Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director. “It takes courage for workers to step forward to join a union and we are pleased these workers chose the USW to represent them. These workers join other camp services workers at mines and camps across Western Canada.”

“We have been struggling with many issues, including a lack of benefits, coverage for personal protective equipment (PPE), footwear and uncompetitive wages, and we have had enough,” said a Sodexo worker. “Sodexo has been struggling to find and keep workers because of challenges in our workplace that create additional pressures for us. It’s a common theme that there is a lot of room for improvement to value the hard work we do to support miners.”

The union-certification application for approximately 70 workers was filed on June 13, 2022, and ballots were counted today, June 23.

The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across Canada and is the largest private-sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW because of our strong track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces and negotiating better working conditions and fairer compensation – including good wages, benefits and pensions.

Workers interested in joining the United Steelworkers union can learn more about the benefits at betterworknow.ca or call 1-888-879-2411 (toll-free).

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For further information:

Scott Lunny, USW Western Canada Director, 604-329-5308, slunny@usw.ca
Brett Barden, USW Communications, 604-445-6956, bbarden@usw.ca

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