In a press release, the Co-op stated that the new collective agreement “creates a necessary balance between the company`s appreciation of our unionized employees and the tax realities of the refining sector” and that it would help ensure a sustainable future for the company. The refinery stated that the agreement is based on monetary aspects of its previous offer and a return-to-work agreement. Unifor said details of the agreement will not be published until Unifor 594 members vote for ratification. REGINA, SK, June 22, 2020 /CNW/ – Unifor Local 594 members have ratified a preliminary agreement with Co-op Refinery that ends a six-month lockout of 730 workers by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Our industry is evolving and we are just beginning to see how new regulatory requirements and external pressures will shape the future of our industry,” said Le Dressay. “We must all recognize that these changes are imminent. We will be better off facing this future as partners if we work together to achieve our common goals and interests. CRC stated that the agreement “the monetary aspects of our best and final offer as well as a well-defined return-to-work agreement… and an offer that reconciles the appreciation of our unionized employees with the tax realities of the refining sector. He would not elaborate on the agreement, but confirmed that both sides 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.
“It was union bankruptcies, it wasn`t about collective bargaining.” The new collective agreement maintains the defined benefit pension plan and the company has adapted the business savings plan for existing workers. The new seven-year collective agreement for Unifor Local`s 594 members, who voted 89%, will retain the DB`s retirement plan and existing workers` savings plan suitable for employers. Wage improvements are also included in the agreement. “They have never wavered during this dispute, and we will always be grateful for the support we have received from our Unifor family and the entire labour movement.