Bargaining Updates

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For Immediate Release: Refinery workers frustrated no fair deal reached after mediation breakdown

November 12, 2019

“We are disappointed Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL)  continues to come to the bargaining table demanding roll backs in our pensions and other concessions, despite the fact that this employer continues to rake in billions of dollars in profits,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Unifor 594 which represents refinery workers.“”

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Unifor 594: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

November 7, 2019

“”Since 2016 began, the Co-op Refinery has made close to $3 billion in profit. That accounts for 86% of FCL’s net profits. And its all thanks to our labour. But the Company keeps moving the goal post on what defines tough times.” “

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For Immediate Release: Unifor 594 responds to work camp construction at Co-op Refinery

October 15, 2019

” “They didn’t need time to consult “decision makers”, just time to erect fences and bring in trailers for scabs.” ” — Kevin Bittman

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There are 2.5 billion reasons to get a #FairDeal.

“To respect Refinery workers, any switch to a DC pension plan must be voluntary and must protect the people that decide to stay on the DB … We will always fight for pension security.” #SupportUnifor594 #FairDeal

Co-op Refinery workers reach bargaining impasse

September 27, 2019

“”It’s only reasonable that a company making billion-dollar profits puts a deal on the table that properly addresses the needs of their workers,” said Scott Doherty, Assistant to the Unifor National President.””

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What’s at the stake at the bargaining table? Our futures.
Here’s a message for you from our president, Kevin Bittman, regarding September 5th, 2019 strategic planning session with shop stewards. Our team is stronger than ever! #Solidarity