USW Local 6166

Some History:

The full time worker safety reps were first negotiated in the 1993 collective bargaining agreement and started with 3 worker safety reps. One rep for surface operations, one rep for underground, and the other for miscellaneous. In 2002 there were more positions added bringing the total to 7. During the 2005 negotiations, there was another position added.

In 2008, Local 6166 and Vale Inco made an agreement to add one more worker rep to oversee the T-3 mine area that was previously included with T-1 mine as a whole The position was negotiated into the collective agreement in September 2008.

Each of these worker reps are the co-chairs of their committee's in each of their assigned departments in the plant. The division has an average of around 70 members throughout the Manitoba operations on the departmental HSE committees.

The unions divisional committee is lead by the divisional WSR and co-chair, Gord Medwid.

The USW 6166 Divisional drive to ensure the safety health and environment of all workers at Vale has been a joint effort between USW 6166 and Vale. That drive is called Safe Production, which is in essence the legally required safety program. It is a philosophy and program designed to recognize risk in the workplace with the goal of zero harm to the worker.

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