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Co-op refinery workers ratify new contract
The Co-op refinery in Regina is seen in this file photo taken May 16, 2012.
Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:50AM CST
Members of the union that represents more than 800 workers at the Co-op refinery in Regina have voted in favour of ratifying a new contract.
The deal comes after members of Unifor 594 rejected the company’s previous offer last month.
According to a Co-op news release, the contract includes wage increases and the inclusion of all current in-scope employees in their defined benefit pension plan.
New hires will be moved to a defined contribution pension plan. The agreement also includes the provision of seven-day maintenance coverage on a voluntary bid basis.
“This has been a long process, but through it all we never lost sight of our people and how much we value the contributions of all our employees,” vice-president of refinery operations Gil Le Dressay said in the release.
“That’s why we wanted to ensure all of our current unionized employees maintained their existing monetary benefits along with receiving wage increases.”
Workers at the refinery had been without a contract since January 2016.