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WSIB workers, management close to ratification of new deal

WSIB workers, management close to ratification of new deal

TORONTO—Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) workers and their employer look to be on a path to signing a new contract, staving off possible strike action.

Ontario Compensation Employees Union president Harry Goslin said a tentative agreement has been reached between the Ontario Compensation Employees Union/Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1750 and WSIB management, with the ratification process currently approaching completion.

Goslin said he expects ratification to be finalized the week of May 3.

The workers had voted in favour of strike action earlier during negotiations. The union said major issues to be resolved were compensation, workload and resolution of grievances.

But even after the strike vote, both sides said in statements they were committed to bargaining towards a contract.

Goslin said he would not release terms of the tentative contract prior to its ratification.

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