Striking Labatt brewery workers ratify new contract ending 11-month strike
The Labatt's brewery is seen in Toronto Thursday March 31, 2005. (Aaron Harris / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Unionized workers at a Labatt brewery in Newfoundland have ratified a new collective agreement, ending an 11-month strike.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees says both parities were successful in finding resolutions during this round of collective bargaining with the help of a conciliation officer.
The 45 employees of the St. John's brewery could be headed back to work as early as Tuesday.
Association president Carol Furlong says the small group of workers received international attention and words of solidarity from workers in Argentina, Australia and Belgium over their almost year-long fight.
The new agreement expires March of 2020.
The employees have been off the job since April and Labatt has been using replacement workers to keep the plant operational.