What is the National Pattern?

January 3, 2020

We have said the wage increase of 11.75% is the minimum standard set by the National Pattern. What does that mean? 

All Unifor Energy Sector locals – including refineries, chemical plants, and gas plants – can choose to be part of the National Energy Bargaining (NEB) Program. The NEB Program is known as the National Pattern. Its purpose is to establish industry-wide bargaining norms like term, wages, and critical language. This approach to bargaining ensures fair competition across energy industry workplaces. 

Unifor Canada

As of today, 46 Unifor locals representing close to 8500 members across Canada participate in the NEB. This covers 31 different companies in 30 locations, including the Co-op Refinery. 

So that 11.75% wage increase that Co-op Refinery keeps patting itself on the back for offering? That is a ratified agreement that has already been set by the other National Pattern companies. It is not a sign of generosity – it is a necessary step to stay competitive in the energy sector. 

That 11.75% is spread over four years, and in our case, is rendered meaningless when you factor in all the hidden math within the rest of the Company’s offer: http://www.unifor594.com/whats-on-the-table-more-truth/ 

If 11.75% without concessions in other areas is sustainable for 45 other workplaces in the National Pattern, it should be for ours, too.  

For more on the National Pattern: https://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/press-room/unifor-energy-workers-sign-historic-pattern-deal 

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