Workers go for long contracts

BTS agreement passed by narrowest margin
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2011

One of the ironies of the recent recession, and of its lingering consequences, is that it has resulted in both more long and more short collective agreements.

The latter are probably an attempt to put off serious negotiations until the future is clearer (and perhaps rosier). The former is often prompted by an offer from the company to invest in the facility — ensuring job security — with the promise of long-term labour stability.

That is the case with two agreements this week: Molson Coors in Montreal and Bell Technical Solutions (BTS) in Ontario.