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United Steelworkers Union and Teck Resources celebrating new deal for workers at the Highland Valley Copper mine.
 
Members of local 7619 voted 84.5% in favour of the tentative contract this week, ending the 11-month labour dispute at the mine.
 
The negotiations were tough, but President Kyle Wolfe says his members stood strong.
 
"It's definitely a good thing. We can finally get back to work, and not having this stress under our lives."
 
Highland Valley Copper mine spokesperson Peter Martel says the company is pleased to have labour peace again at the mine.
 
"We are pleased to reach a collective agreement. We think the agreement is fair and reasonable for our employees, and also supports the ongoing viability of the operation."
 
The new contract for workers at the mine is for five-years, retroactive to October 2016.
 
It includes a total pay hike of 8%, the copper bonus remains, and the union retained its strong language protecting its members from contracting out.
 
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