Lepanto Mining Co. forges CBA with labor union

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BAGUIO CITY: After just two weeks of negotiations and consultations, Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co. (LCMCo) and its rank-and-file employees finally signed a three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will ensure industrial peace in the coming years.

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The signing of the CBA that will last from 2013 to 2016 was signed by LCMCo officials led by President and chief operating officer Bryan Yap and officials of Lepanto Local Employees Union (LLEU) led by its president Warden Lappidic at the Baguio Country Club on January 9, 2014.

Present during the signing of the CBA were National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Director Brenda Odsey, City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, a representative from the Department of Labor and Employment and LCMCo AVP for Administration Knestor Godino as well as the Lepanto employees.

The negotiations were held on November 29 and December 11 last year.

The CBA entitles LLEU officers and members to more than 790 workers of economic package benefits that will be spread in three years plus medical insurance

LLEU started to negotiate with the company after it was chosen as the official collective bargaining unit of the rank and file workers during a certification election on October 12.

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