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Co-op Refinery workers ratify tentative agreement

April 4, 2017

Regina - Unifor Local 594 members have ratified their tentative agreement, averting a strike at the province’s largest oil refinery.

“Our bargaining committee worked hard to get here, and our membership backed them up every step of the way,” said Kevin Bittman, Local 594 President.

Located in Regina the Co-op Refinery Complex is a wholly owned subsidiary of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a firm that made upwards of $500-million in profit in 2016.

The collective agreement between Local 594 and Co-op expired in January 2016. Unifor met with the employer 21 times in bargaining until an impasse was reached in January 2017. The union entered mandatory mediation without success. A 14-day “cooling off” period ended at midnight on March 30 but bargaining continued into April 1, when a tentative deal was reached. The new contract for 800 members will expire in 2019.

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