Unifor Agreement Regina

“They 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 agreement will not be made public until union members have a ratification vote. The two sides announced the interim agreement on Thursday. On Monday, 594 Unifor Local members ratified a preliminary agreement with the Co-op Refining Complex (CRC), which was concluded last week. The new seven-year collective agreement provides for a selection of retirement plans to which workers must contribute. The local president of 594, Kevin Bittman, said he was proud of the solidarity and strength of Unifor`s members, but rebuked the FCL for taking so long to reach an agreement. The refinery stated that the agreement is based on monetary aspects of its previous offer and a return-to-work agreement. Unifor said details of the agreement will not be published until Unifor 594 members vote for ratification. “It was a union that was rejected by an employer that cost us billions behind the back, and together we fought to defend our collective agreement,” Bittman said in a press release.

The 730 members of Unifor 594 had been at the picket line since 5 December, but will return to work in the coming weeks, in accordance with the return-to-work contract of the new contract. Gil Le Dressay, vice-president of fcL operations at the refinery, hailed the agreement as a balanced agreement that reflected the concerns of union staff, as well as the tax realities of the sector. In a written statement sent Thursday morning, the union said it was working during negotiations to ensure that the return-to-work aspect of the agreement protects members from retaliation from Federated Co-operatives Limited. The union stated that the agreement was part of the defined benefit pension plan and that the company adapted the savings plan for existing workers. There are also wage improvements in the 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. He would not elaborate on the agreement, but confirmed that both parties had developed a return-to-work protocol. Due to new measures for COVID-19, he said some employees may need up-to-date training, but they will return to work next week.

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. Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) and unifor Local 594`s negotiating committee have reached an interim agreement to end the lockout of the Co-op (CRC) refinery complex in Regina. For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O`Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell). Email: treasurer@unifor594.com or mail. 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). 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). “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.