Compass Minerals announced that a new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by its Cote Blanche mine employees represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 14425. The three-year agreement includes pay rate and benefit enhancements to be more consistent with other U.S.-based Compass Minerals employees as well as features that provide greater operational flexibility for the company, according to Compass Minerals.

“This agreement is an important step toward creating sustainable success at the mine and balances the needs of our employees with the interests of our customers and shareholders,” said Don Brumm, vice president, operations Cote Blanche mine. “Throughout the entire process, we’ve had productive and respectful dialogue with the union’s bargaining committee, which resulted in a positive outcome for all.”

“I am very pleased with the outcome of these negotiations as well as with the improved engagement of our employees throughout all of our operations,” said Anthony Sepich, senior vice president, Salt. “The collaboration that was demonstrated by all involved in the negotiations is an example of the culture we are building, which we believe will increase our execution effectiveness throughout the salt business.”