April 11, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Regina, Canada – Workers at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina ratified a new contract Apr. 3, averting a lockout they had expected after a 14-day cooling-off period ended Mar. 30.
Unifor Local 594’s bargaining committee said the agreement wasn’t “the deal we wanted,” but that it would recommend a yes vote. The about 800 workers at the 544-acre oil refinery—which produces over 130,000 barrels a day for co-op businesses in western Canada—had been working under a contract that expired in January 2016. The union did not release details of the new pact, but pensions and wages were key issues in the dispute. A mediator was brought in after the two sides reached an impasse in January, and on Mar. 20, workers rejected the refinery’s final offer. Read more