Workers strike at Teck mine in B.C.

Workers at Teck Coal Ltd.’s Elkview operations in southeastern British Columbia are on strike.

The more than 700 members of United Steelworkers Local 9346 walked out Sunday at the open pit mine, operated by a subsidiary of Teck Resources Ltd. TCK.B-T.

Union members have been without a contract since Oct. 31, and voted 98.2 per cent in favour of job action before issuing strike notice last Thursday.

Among outstanding issues are the employer’s contribution levels to the workers’ retirement plan and retiree benefits.

The local represents an assortment of workers including heavy equipment operators, trades, maintenance workers and labourers.

The Elkview mine primarily produces high quality steelmaking coal and is one of five Teck Coal open pit operations in B.C’s Elk Valley, about 900 kilometres east of Vancouver.

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