The Power Of A Union Contract

We've just received a copy of the KLG Fosterville union contract. In so many ways this shows the power of workers having a union contract. KLG Fosterville shows just how much can be achieved through years of union contracts and conflict free bargaining. Throughout the campaign we've heard the propaganda that unions promote the lazy. That couldn't be more wrong. Unions want to see businesses be profitable, hiring, expanding. Fosterville is the flagship for KLG and the unionized workers share that success. People are motivated to work hard when they know the rules and they are applied fairly.

Below we answer your questions and share the info publicly about KLG's unionized Fosterville mine. If you have any follow up questions about the union at KLG Fosterville, what it means to have a union contract just text us. We've chatted with hundreds of people over text and follow up right away. Join the list by texting KL GOLD to the phone number 32323.

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Did they get a raise? YES.

Yes, every single year they make more money. Looking at the KLG Fosterville union contract the average worker got a 7.5% raise over the course of 3 years. That's a 2.5% increase each year. Why not us? We've learned of some Miners and Surface workers at KLG Macassa whose wages have been frozen for many years now. Not to mention the cuts or bonus shenanigans they pull on us.

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They have significant and responsible leaves.

The KLG Fosterville union contract has:

  • Carer's Leave: Paid personal leave so you can care for a non-terminally ill member of your immediate family or deal with an unexpected emergency.
  • Compassionate Leave: 2 days paid when an immediate family member is terminally ill or passed.

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  • Emergency Services Leave: You can get 16 days unpaid leave for volunteer firefighter duties.

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Do they get safety clothing and equipment paid for? YES!

KLG pays for the safety equipment of its unionized workers. It takes more than a hard hat, boots and a belt to go underground or do surface work. KLG pays for the equipment and clothing. Unlike our safety bonus that we used to get, the safety gear provision can not be suddenly cut because it is set in stone in the union contract.

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Did they have to go on strike to get this? NO. UNION AND KLG HAS A GREAT RELATIONSHIP!

Since KLG purchased the Fosterville Miners and Surface workers report having a great relationship with the company. "We have had a harmonious relationship with Kirkland Lake Gold since they took over the Fosterville gold mine." Read this full letter from Ben Davis, the signatory to the Fosterville union contract here. KLG isn't Vale or INCO. KLG has a great relationship with other unions. There needs to be a vote before going on strike and if zero people at KLG want to strike there is zero chance of going on strike. Simple as that. But a YES vote puts you on the path to a union contract.

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Do they make more money? YES.

This shouldn't be a big surprise because (except for a select few) Macassa miners make some of the lowest mining wages in Canada. The KLG Fosterville agreement lays out various job titles, job descriptions and job grades. Some of these are different than KLG Macassa. But over all it sure looks like Macassa workers are paid less than KLG Fosterville.  

For example these are the grades and classification for Nippers.

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And as of July, 2017 they are paid $32 to $36 an hour in Australia (or $31.62 to $35.57 in Canadian dollars). 

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How does the Australian dollar compare to the Canadian dollar? IT'S THE SAME.

The Australian dollar is right now worth slightly more than the Canadian dollar so the contract can be easily understood.

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These are just a few excerpts from the union contract that answer the common questions we've been asked by Miners and Surface workers at KLG Macassa. If you have any follow up questions about the union at KLG Fosterville, what it means to have a union contract just text us. We've chatted with hundreds of people over text and follow up right away. Join the list by texting KL GOLD to the phone number 32323.