Parkland refinery workers ratify energy pattern agreement

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Unifor Local 601 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with Parkland Fuel Corporation. The new agreement is in line with the energy sector pattern agreement negotiated by Unifor in May 2019.

“Unifor is Canada’s energy union,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Right across the country, Unifor is defending good jobs for energy workers.”

The national pattern set between Unifor and Suncor established a framework for local negotiations for wages, severance, and a structure new to the energy sector for addressing domestic violence. The pattern covers 8,500 energy workers in five provinces.

“This contract is a giant leap forward for Local 601 members,” said Russ Day, Unifor Local 601 President. “Among other gains, new classifications mean that workers’ seniority will be better respected.”

The contract includes wage increases of 2.5, 2.75, 3, and 3.5 per cent over the life of the agreement and new banked overtime provisions.

Local 601 represents 160 skilled tradespersons, operators, and maintenance staff at the Parkland refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia.