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We represent >800 members at the Co-op Refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Our Mission

Unifor 594 are hard hat professionals working for a safe and better life for our members, our neighbours and our refinery.


We work 24 hours a day,
365 days a year to keep the Refinery safe and profitable.


We are your neighbours and contribute to strong community growth. We are an important part of the local community and economy. We support local business and
help to keep our community sustainable.


We don’t all wear hard hats, but we are all professionals.
Our union has over 75 years of experience operating our Co-op Refinery safely and effectively.

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“People just want to help, they want to give back.” — Jill Straker, Inspection Clerk at the Co-op #Refinery on how actively our members are #Working594Community
“That’s the strongest value that our union has – we come to things like a family.” — Ryan Shillingford, Safety Inspector at the Co-op Refinery, on the culture & community within our union #SupportUnion594
“There’s a lot of generations of families working there.” — Derek Emperingham, Plant Person at the Co-op #Refinery on the loyalty of many families to our workplace. #SupportUnifor594
“It’s kind of like a family, everyone looks out for each other.” — Kevin Wenaus, Instrumentation Journeyman at the Co-op #Refinery on our unity as a team. #SupportUnifor594
“(You) have to be super competent in … making sure the areas are safe.” — Dan Petrie, Store Keeper at the Co-op #Refinery on how we never stop #Working594Safety
“It’s actually really nice that women can be a big part of science in the Refinery.” — Ashlyn Heintz, Lab Technician at the Co-op #Refinery on the increasing role of women in our workplace #SupportUnifor594
“We have people doing a lot of good for the community.” — Daryl Schwartz, Instrumentation Leadhand (Retired) at the Co-op #Refinery on how invested our members are in #Working594Community
“There is no substitute for experience … we are irreplaceable.” — Carlos Buttner, Process Operator at the Co-op #Refinery on the valuable skills & experience of our team whose priority is #Working594Safety
“(It’s a) source of pride when … you see a Co-op truck, and you’re like, I had a part in that!” — Tasha Davis, Yield Accountant at the Co-op #Refinery on the pride of work we all share #SupportUnifor594
“Knowing that what I’m going to do today might make somebody’s life a little bit easier to do their job … that’s pretty rewarding.” — Mike Neigum, Scaffolder, on what makes him proud to work at the Co-op #Refinery. #SupportUnifor594
“Right now, I’m actually part of two school community councils” — Victor Thakurdeen, Welder at the Co-op #Refinery on volunteering #Working594Community
“(We) understand the true value of a co-op, and that’s why we’re here” — Kevin Bittman, Master Operator, on our commitment to the cooperative values on which the Co-op #Refinery was founded. #SupportUnifor594
“All the money that we make, we spend right here in Southern Saskatchewan.” — Carla McCrie, Process Operator at the Co-op #Refinery on how our members everywhere are #Working594Community
“We always think of safety first, because I am not only working there for my family at home, I’m working there for my family at work.” — Kevin Wahl, Lab Technician (Retired) at the Co-op #Refinery on how our top priority is #Working594Safety
“The union objective is not only to make our workplace better, but to make it better for all workers.” — Mitch Bloos, Utilities Operator 1 at the Co-op #Refinery and proud member of Unifor 594 on our commitment to #Working594Community
“Our union is amazing; they take care of us night and day.” -Jill Straker, Inspection Clerk at the Co-op Refinery and proud member of our union on why everyone should #SupportUnifor594
To help the community get to know us better, we are proud to answer “Who is Unifor 594?” with this new video – please share it widely! We appreciate everything you do to #SupportUnifor594.


Unifor 594 workers are:

The key to the safety at the Refinery

Proud of our work in the Refinery

Your neighbours!

An important part of the local community and economy

Our core values:

Safety   Training   Responsibility   Pride   Respect   Community

Unifor Canada Convention 2019

On August 16-23, 2019, Unifor 594 sent four members to represent our local at the #Unifor19 Convention in Quebec. Kevin Bittman, Nathan Kraemer, Richard Exner and Carla McCrie were our delegates.

Our Local’s goal this week week was to increase weekly Strike and Defence Fund pay for all of our Unifor Brothers and Sisters, and we did just that! Our motion had tremendous support from the delegates and National Executive Board thanks to the hard work of our President Kevin Bittman.

President Kevin Bittman speaking at #Unifor19 Convention about our right to defend our members pensions.


Here’s the place to start:  594 Expense Voucher 2018

Please ensure name and department is accurate when filling out the form.

Send it via email to: treasurer@unifor594.com or by interoffice mail.

If you are attending union training, conferences or meetings then apply for reimbursement.