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Unifor’s lead negotiator arrested by Regina police, charged with mischief

Scott Doherty, executive assistant to Unifor's national president and the lead negotiator in bargaining with Federated Co-operatives Ltd., announces an informal meeting between the union and FCL. Adrian Raaber / Global News

Regina police have charged Unifor’s lead negotiator with mischief

On Thursday, Scott Doherty, executive assistant to Unifor’s national president, was arrested at the Regina Police headquarters after turning himself in.

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“Police phoned me on Wednesday asking for a meeting to discuss a part of their investigation. Today, they informed me I would be arrested,” Doherty said.

He was later released on an undertaking, according to Doherty’s arrest papers.

Global News has reached out to the Regina Police Service for comment. They have not confirmed the charge.

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As part of a release condition, Doherty must stay 500 metres away from the Co-op Refinery Complex. He will make his first appearance on the charge March 18 in Regina provincial court.

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Doherty said the condition shouldn’t impede him from bargaining.

“Obviously not being able to come to the picket line to talk to members is not ideal, but obviously we haven’t bargained at the refinery,” Doherty said.

“I’ll be at the bargaining table, where we’re willing to take up mediation.”

Doherty said members are willing to go back to work as early as Monday. He said if the refinery gets rid of its replacement workers they will stop picketing immediately.

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