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Burnco lockout ends as workers accept new contract

The lockout at Burnco has ended after workers agreed to a revised offer from the company.

Workers set to be back at work on Monday.

The lockout at Burnco has ended after workers agreed to a revised offer from the company.

The employees, part of Teamsters Local Union 362, voted Thursday night to accept the new agreement. Workers were locked out at five locations on Monday when talks broke down.

"In light of the difficult economic times facing many Calgary businesses, we want to thank the union for working with us to find the best solutions possible for everyone," Michael Powell, CEO of Burnco Rock Products Ltd. said in a joint statement with the union. 

"We believe a fair agreement has been reached. Most importantly, it ensures that we are able to keep all of our employees working, which benefits their families and our customers," said Powell.

The union says it's ready to get back to work under the new contract.

"Although neither side got everything they wanted, the amended position that was negotiated since the work stoppage will guarantee respect in the workplace and the ability for both sides to move forward," said Bernie Haggarty, business agent for the union.

One of the major issues for the workers was seniority. Normal operations are expected to begin on Aug. 17.  

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