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Unifor turns tables on FCL with lockout

January 10, 2020 - 12:00 AM

REGINA—After more than a month of being locked out by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), Unifor Local 594 members have locked out managers from one of their offices.

“After locking out their loyal employees in frigid temperatures and flying in scabs, it’s time they had a taste of their own medicine,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Managers and scabs are locked out of the office until further notice.”

FCL initiated the lockout after demanding a 50% cut to the pension plans of the nearly 800 highly skilled workers at the Co-op Refinery. FCL Vice President Vic Huard lied to refinery workers about maintaining the plans in the last round of bargaining.

“We’ve been lied to, and now the company is lying to the public about what this dispute is about,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Unifor Local 594.

Bittman will be available for comment about the escalation of the job action at 10:30 a.m. at the entry to FCL Offices at 2107 East Turvey Road in Regina.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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