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Co-op Refinery employees to return to work

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The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) has announced that its bargaining unit employees have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.

The CRC confirmed ion 19 June 2020 that it had reached a tentative deal with Unifor 594.

The new contract is a seven-year deal that will ensure labour stability at the refinery. The CRC unionised employees will return to work over the coming weeks in accordance with the new contract’s Return-to-Work Agreement.

“We are sincerely pleased that our employees are returning to work after more than six months off the job,” said Gil Le Dressay, Vice-President, Refinery Operations. “This labour disruption was a difficult period in our history, but I believe that we will emerge from this a stronger team and organisation. The Union has been our partner in fuelling Western Canada for more than 75 years, and they will be our partner for generations into the future.”

The deal strikes a much-needed balance between the company's appreciation for our unionised employees and the fiscal realities of the refining sector. This deal, combined with the operational efficiencies the CRC has recently realised, will go a long way in ensuring a sustainable future for the company.

“This deal is about competitiveness within the refining industry and long-term sustainability. It’s about ensuring that we continue to be an economic engine and that we provide good jobs for this city and this province for generations to come,” said Le Dressay. “Our industry is changing and we have only begun to see how new regulatory requirements and external pressures are going to shape our industry's future. We all need to recognise that these changes are imminent. We are better off facing that future as partners as we work together to achieve our collective goals and interests.”

“We want to take this opportunity to thank our community and our truckers for their continued support throughout the labour disruption. Through it all, you continued to support us and Co-op, and we sincerely thank you,” Le Dressay said.

“Finally, I want to thank our dedicated management team for leading us through these trying times. This team's commitment to operating the refinery safely and efficiently, and to supplying fuel to Western Canadians, cannot be understated. They are a tremendous team, and we thank them all for their commitment to our company and to ensuring our long-term success.”

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