SUDBURY – Staff at the Sudbury Counselling Centre, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2020, have ended 10 weeks on the picket line with the ratification of a new three-year collective agreement – just in time for the holidays.

“These 12 women can go back to work in January with their heads held high,” said Lynne Descary, USW Staff Representative. “They stood strong on the picket line for 10 weeks, thanks to the support of the community, their clients, the Ontario Federation of Labour and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas.”

The new three-year deal includes 2% annual wage increases. More importantly, the union-side bargaining team was able to beat back all of the employer’s proposed concessionary changes to the contract language that the members went on strike to fight against.

“The employer could see they were standing strong and not backing down,” said Descary. “They were having fun on the picket line – singing Christmas carols as the weather got colder.”