Rio Tinto Alcan reaches tentative deal with locked-out workers at Quebec smelter
Picketers walk the line at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter in Alma, Que., after the company locked out workers after last-ditch contract talks collapsed Saturday and the union's contract expired. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Le Quotidien-Gimmy Desbiens
Published Monday, July 2, 2012 12:37PM EDT
ALMA, Que. - Rio Tinto Alcan has struck a tentative deal with the union representing nearly 800 locked-out workers at its aluminum smelter in Alma, Que.
Workers will vote on the agreement in principle later this week -- which could end a six-month-long labour dispute with the company.
The union has declined to comment on the proposed agreement until after its members have had a chance to vote on it.
The Alma plant hosts one of the aluminum giant's most-important smelters in North America.
Rio Tinto Alcan (NYSE:RIO) locked out 780 workers on Dec. 30 after last-ditch contract talks collapsed.