Union and company consider proposal for mediator at BC’s largest open pit copper mine – Coast Mountain News

The Highland Valley Copper mine, near Lake Logan, is the largest open-pit copper mine in Canada. (John Arendt – Summerland Review)

Union and company consider proposal for mediator at BC’s largest open-pit copper mine

Teck, Steelworkers at BC’s Highland Valley Copper mull mediator’s proposed contract

Talks between Teck Resources Ltd. and the United Steelworkers union at a British Columbia copper mine have come to an end as the two sides consider proposals for a mediator to resolve a labor dispute.

A statement from mediators Corinn Bell and Vince Ready says they have issued recommendations for a settlement between Teck and the union’s Local 7619 at the Highland Valley Copper mine in the southern interior of British Columbia.

Details of the contract will not be released until Teck’s executive committee and the union’s nearly 1,000 members vote on the proposals.

A union official said a date and location for the vote was still being arranged and members had been asked to continue to report to work as usual.

A statement from Teck Resources says the union’s ratification vote must be concluded no later than January 24.

Steelworkers members at Canada’s largest open-pit copper and molybdenum mine have been without a contract since September 30, 2021.

—The Canadian Press