Boart Longyear Machinists benefit from Mining Boom!

Tuesday June 24, 2008
For Immediate Release

North Bay, ON – A booming Canadian mining industry has paid dividends for members of IAMAW Local Lodge 2412 employed by Boart Longyear.

“Our membership has tripled in size over the life of the last agreement because of the continual demand for drilling and exploration equipment by the Canadian mining industry,” said IAMAW Grand Lodge Representative Pat Murphy. “This agreement reflects the success the company has enjoyed.”

The three year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year, retroactive to May 1, 2008, 3 per cent in the second year and 3 per cent in the third year. Other agreement highlights include :

  • Lead Hand premium increased from $1.00 to $1.75/hour
  • Continuous Shift Premium increased from $1.80 to $2.15/hour
  • After nine months service all employees and their families will receive coverage under the company dental plan including orthodontic coverage for children at a 50 per cent reimbursement level with a maximum lifetime of $1,000.00
  • After nine months services all employees including their families will receive coverage under the company vision care plan. This includes $150.00 for glasses or contact lenses every 24 months and one eye exam every 24 months to a maximum of $85.00
  • Improved clothing allowance
  • Vacation improvements include 3 weeks and one day after five years of service and 4 weeks and three days after ten years of service
  • Pension Plan improvement of 18 per cent over the life of the agreement
  • The 220 members manufacture ‘down-hole’ drilling equipment for the Canadian mining industry.

    IAMAW, among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, represents more than 700,000 active and retired members, and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing and defense related industries.


    For further information:
    Pat Murphy – IAMAW Grand Lodge Representative

    Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
    416-386-1789 ext 6331/416-735-9765