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. “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. 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). 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. CRC suspended its staff on December 5, 2019. Unifor Local 594 represents approximately 730 CRC employees. Both sides largely disagreed on pensions. Bittman blamed Thursday`s rain for the small amount of trade unionists and the moderate reaction to his announcement, but said the deal provided some relief to workers who have been facing insecurity for the past six months. He said what began with the fact that they were blocked by their employer, led to six trips to the bargaining table for him and even to death threats on the Internet. The Co-op has not spoken publicly since the preliminary agreement, but has issued a statement stating that the company is optimistic about reaching an agreement because the EU negotiating committee has provisionally accepted the agreement and will recommend it to its accession. The deal could end a six-month lockout, but while Unifor executives were happy to have a deal, they remain angry at the FCL`s negotiating tactics.
Email: email@example.com or mail. “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 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. 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. 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. The new seven-year collective agreement provides for a selection of retirement plans to which workers must contribute. To arrange interviews with Kevin Bittman, please contact Local 594 Chief Shop Steward Richard Exner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-530-9965. 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. 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.