„If this agreement is accepted by the bargaining unit staff, and the operational efficiency that our team has recently achieved, it will go a long way to ensuring a sustainable CRS for future generations,“ said Gil Le Dressay, vice-president of the refining company. The new collective agreement maintains the defined benefit pension plan and the company has adapted the business savings plan for existing workers. Gil Le Dressay, vice president of refinery operations at CRC, said in a press release that he was „sincerely satisfied“ that employees were back at work. Unifor employees will return to work in the coming weeks in accordance with the new return-to-work contract. A statement from Federated Co-Op said the new contract is a seven-year contract that will ensure stable work at the refinery and that the more than 700 affected employees will return to their jobs in the coming weeks, in accordance with the return-to-work contract of the new contract. „This agreement is a matter of competitiveness in the refining industry and long-term sustainability,“ Gil Le Dressay, vice president of renovation operations, said in the press release. „It`s about keeping us an economic engine and creating good jobs for this city and this province for future generations. 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. 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. 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). The new seven-year collective agreement provides for a selection of retirement plans to which workers must contribute. 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. 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.