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Co-op Refinery workers reach bargaining impasse

September 27, 2019 - 12:00 AM

September 27, 2019

REGINA—After bargaining for the last nine months Unifor Local 594 has declared an impasse with the employer at the Co-op Refinery Complex.

“Unifor members are the key to safety at the refinery. It’s only reasonable that a company making billion-dollar profits puts a deal on the table that properly addresses the needs of their workers,” said Scott Doherty, Assistant to the Unifor National President.

Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a firm that made upwards of $1.1 billion in profit in 2018.

“Our bargaining committee has worked hard to negotiate a fair deal that respects workers and addresses workplace safety and job security concerns,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Local 594. “Instead, the company want concessions that drastically reduce our pensions and harm our families over time.”

Local 594 filed for impasse with Saskatchewan’s Minister of Labour Don Morgan on September 26. The minister will now appoint a mediator.

The collective agreement between Local 594 and the Co-op Refinery Complex expired on February 1, 2019. Local 594 represents nearly 800 workers at the refinery.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).