Vale announced that United Steelworkers (USW) Locals 6500 and 6200, representing production and maintenance employees in Sudbury and Port Colborne, have voted to accept a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. More than 76% of members in Sudbury and 87% of members in Port Colborne voted in favor of the new deal, which takes effect June 1.

The new labor agreement was ratified a month before the expiration of the old contract and contains improvements in contract language, wages, benefits and pensions.

The two USW Locals represent 2,800 production and maintenance employees.