Refinery workers frustrated no fair deal reached after mediation breakdown

REGINA, Nov. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Nearly 800 workers at the Co-op Refinery are disappointed that mandatory mediation made little to no progress with the employer and they are still without a fair deal that doesn't include concessions."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 Local 594, the union representing Co-op Refinery workers."We haveA been clear from the start of bargaining we were not prepared to go backwards. We are willing to make changes to the pension liabilities for the employer but our members need A choice and protection to ensure pension security for every worker. During this time of sustained record profits, anything less would be an unnecessary concession."The union believes the employers continued insistence workers take concessions of more than 17.5 per cent is unacceptable and disrespectful, given the work their member have contributed to the enormous profits the employer has experienced in the last three years."Offering either an inferior Defined Contribution (DC) plan while dismantling the Defined Benefit A (DB) plan is not a choice, it is an attack on our members'A retirement security and will not be accepted under any circumstances," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
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