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« The interim agreement would have been signed a few weeks ago, but Co-op has shown its true face by continuing the lockout punishably, they must now try to put in place a committed and committed staff who will not forget the lack of respect they felt from this profitable employer, » said Scott Doherty, Chief Negotiator and Executive Assistant to Unifor`s National President. To arrange interviews in person or via Skype/FaceTime, please contact natalie Clancy, Unifor`s Director of Communications, at Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell). Unifor employees will return to their jobs in the coming weeks, in accordance with the return agreement of the new contract. CRC suspended its employees on December 5, 2019. Unifor Local 594 represents approximately 730 CRC employees. The two sides disagreed, especially on pensions. To arrange interviews with Kevin Bittman, please contact Local 594 Chief Shop Steward Richard Exner at chiefshopsteward@unifor594.com or 306-530-9965. In a press release, the Co-op said the new collective agreement « creates a much-needed balance between the appreciation of the company for our unionized employees and the tax realities of the refining sector, » noting that it would help ensure a sustainable future for the company. On Monday, unifor Local 594 members ratified a preliminary agreement reached last week with the Complexe Réfinery Co-op (CRC).

For more information, please contact Kathleen O`Keefe, Unifor Communications representative, at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell). Details of the provisional agreement will only be released when Local 594 members hold a ratification vote. The union has pledged that the « return to work » protocol will protect local union members and leaders from Co-op retaliation. The new seven-year collective agreement includes a selection of retirement plans to which workers must contribute. Regina – Unifor Local 594 members have ratified a preliminary agreement with Co-op Refinery that ends a six-month lockout of 730 workers by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). REGINA – Unifor Local 594`s bargaining committee has reached a preliminary agreement with the Co-op refinery employer, 197 days after Federated Co operatives Limited (FCL) locked out 730 workers. CRC said the agreement included « the monetary aspects of our best and final offer as well as a clearly defined return-to-work agreement. and an offer that reconciles the appreciation of our unionized employees with the fiscal realities of the refining sector. The deal ends a six-month dispute that began after refining owner Federated Co-operatives Ltd. locked out more than 700 workers last December following a strike vote. Saskatchewan refining workers have ratified a preliminary agreement with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. that ends a six-month dispute over the company`s defined benefit pension plan. The new collective agreement maintains the defined benefit pension plan and the employee savings plan agreed by the company for existing workers.

The wage improvements in the new collective agreement are in line with the national model. The new collective agreement also contains wage improvements in line with standards agreed to by Unifor`s energy unions. The new seven-year collective agreement for Unifor Local 594 members, who voted 89 per cent in favour, maintains DB`s retirement provision and employer-friendly worker savings plan for existing workers. Salary improvements are also included in the agreement. « I am so proud of the solidarity, strength and courage of our members, » said Kevin Bittman, President of Local 594. . . .