The new collective agreement also includes wage improvements in line with the standards agreed by Unifor`s energy industry unions. The new collective agreement maintains the defined benefit pension plan and the company has adapted the business savings plan for existing workers. To arrange face-to-face interviews or Skype/FaceTime, please contact Unifore`s Communications Director, Natalie Clancy, at Natalie. Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell). “I am so proud of the solidarity, strength and courage of our membership,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Local 594. “You have never wavered during this dispute, and we will always be grateful for the support we have received from our Unifor family and the entire labour movement. It was a union that was rejected by an employer that cost us billions, and together we fought and defended our collective agreement. Details of the interim agreement will not be made public until Local 594 members have a ratification vote. The union argued for the “back to work” protocol to protect local union members and leaders from Co-op reprisals. On Monday, 594 Unifor Local members ratified a preliminary agreement with the Co-op Refining Complex (CRC), which was concluded last week. REGINA – 594 unifor Local 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). CRC suspended its staff on December 5, 2019.
Unifor Local 594 represents approximately 730 CRC employees. Both sides largely disagreed on pensions. Unifor employees will return to work in the coming weeks in accordance with the new return-to-work contract. “The preliminary agreement would have been signed a few weeks ago, but Co-op has shown its true color by continuing the lockout with punishment, now they`re going to have to try to build a dedicated and dedicated staff that won`t forget the disrespect they felt from this profitable employer,” said Scott Doherty, chief negotiator and executive assistant to Unifor`s national president. The deal ends a six-month labor dispute that began after refining owner Federated Co-operatives Ltd. blocked more than 700 workers last December following a strike vote. The new seven-year collective agreement provides for a selection of retirement plans to which workers must contribute. 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. To arrange interviews with Kevin Bittman, please contact Local 594 Chief Shop Steward Richard Exner under firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-530-9965.
CRC stated that the agreement “the monetary aspects of our best final offer as well as a well-defined return-to-work agreement… and an offer that reconciles the appreciation of our unionized employees with the tax realities of the refining sector. In a press release, the Co-op stated that the new collective agreement “creates a necessary balance between the company`s appreciation of our unionized employees and the tax realities of the refining sector” and that it would help ensure a sustainable future for the company. For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O`Keefe at email@example.com or 416-896-3303 (cell). The new seven-year collective agreement for Unifor Local`s 594 members, who voted 89%, will retain the DB`s retirement plan and existing workers` savings plan suitable for employers. Wage improvements are also included in the agreement. REGINA – The unifor Local 594 bargaining committee reached an interim agreement with the co-op refinery employer, 197 days after the incarceration of 730 Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) employees.