Bargaining Updates

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Unifor to make announcement about Co-op Refinery lock out

December 13, 2019 12:00AM

” “Unifor representatives will be making a significant announcement about an escalation of the campaign for a fair deal for locked out Unifor Local 594 members at the Co-op Refinery.” “

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Co-op Refinery pointing fingers at workers to distract from dangerous operations

December 9, 2019

“”Federated Co-op has made a mockery of co-operative values and betrayed their members’ trust. Co-op members and other members of the public should consider taking their business elsewhere to protest this attack on our pensions,” said Kevin Bittman, President of Unifor Local 594.” “

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Locked out Co-op Refinery workers to hold rally

December 5, 2019

“” Lock-out notice was served to unionized workers on Tuesday by the refinery after a mandatory 14-day cooling off period ended. Negotiations had hit an impasse when Co-op demanded concessions on workers’ pensions, despite a promise during the last round of bargaining to not meddle with the plans. “”

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Solidarity Rally for Co-op Refinery Workers

December 5, 2019

” “Calling all activists, workers, and community members in the Regina area! Help us tell the Co-op Refinery to come back to the table without concessions instead of recklessly putting our community at risk. ” ”

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Refinery workers gather in anticipation of being locked out

December 5, 2019

” “REGINA – In anticipation of being locked out of the Co-op Refinery at the end of its 48 hour notice, members of Unifor Local 594 will gather in front of Gate 2 of the Refinery at 5:31pm today.” “

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Our formal offer to shut down the Refinery safely

December 3, 2019

” ” It is the Union’s belief that running the Refinery without Unifor 594 would pose serious safety risks to personnel, equipment, the community, the economy, and the environment. ” “

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Co-op Refinery workers serve 48-hour strike notice

December 3, 2019

” “Local 594 has offered to shut down the units safely before starting job action. Unifor has serious concerns about CRC using a smaller group of underqualified replacement workers to operate the refinery, putting public and plant safety at great risk.” “

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the strike vote

December 3, 2019

” “Our members felt forced by the Company to take a strike vote. The result of 97.3% in favour of job action makes it clear we are united and unwilling to play the Company’s game.” “

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Co-op Refinery workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

December 3, 2019

” “Members of Unifor Local 594 have responded to the Co-op Refinery’s attack on their pension by voting 97.3 per cent in favour of striking if necessary. ” “

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Unifor Refinery workers take fight with Co-op to airwaves at Grey Cup

November 22, 2019

” “By constructing scab camps and conducting campaigns of misinformation, FCL has demonstrated they have no intention to bargain in good faith with the workers who proudly operate this refinery with safety at the forefront of every shift. ” “

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Co-op Refinery losing touch with community it was founded to help

November 21, 2019

” “Think about that. Winter is setting in across Saskatchewan, and FCL’s plan for keeping the blast zone safe is to put scabs and managers in ramshackle trailers away from their families, just weeks before the holidays.” “

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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