Deal looks to plant upgradeRetirement incentive will limit tech change layoffsBy Gordon Sova09/26/2011|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/26/2011 The 1,500 employees of the Alcoa aluminum refinery in Baie-Comeau, Que. have ratified a long collective agreement predicated on the modernization of the plant’s technology.The first four years of the contract with an affiliate of the CSN provide healthy wage increases of 3.0, 3.0, 2.8 and 2.9 per cent. There is an automatic renewal and a re-opener for wages only for the final four years, provided the modernization project has been commenced.The new technology will see a department be amalgamated with another department for job family and seniority purposes. Employees of the former department will have their seniority recognized and be trained on the new equipment. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.