On Monday, Unifor announced its members ratified the tentative agreement, which was agreed upon last week. Eighty-nine per cent of members voted in favour of the new deal.
“Our members and their bargaining committee held firm throughout a difficult, protracted and often bitter negotiation process,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National president.
“In the end we were successful in protecting their retirement security and in achieving the national wage pattern, but this result could have been reached far earlier if the mediator recommendations had been enforced by Premier Scott Moe.”
The new deal maintains the defined benefit pension with the CRC agreeing to match employee savings plan for existing workers, Unifor released in a statement on Monday.
CRC said employees will have to contribute 50 per cent to their defined benefit pension and also have the option to move to a defined contribution pension.
It also said the agreement included wage improvements that match the national pattern.
Workers will receive a wage increase of 11.75 per cent over four years. Employee’s company matched savings plan is reduced to four per cent instead of 6.5 per cent.
“We didn’t seek this work stoppage. Now that it’s finally been resolved, our members are looking forward to returning to their jobs and getting back to work,” said Kevin Bittman, Unifor Local 594 president.
“It will be hard going back into the workplace for some of us, but we will do it with our heads held high because we stood in solidarity for one another.
“This has been the toughest period in our history, but we will be stronger because of it.”
The agreement is a seven-year deal and will see employees begin to return to work over the next couple of weeks.
“We are sincerely pleased that our employees are returning to work after more than six months off the job,” said Gil Le Dressay, refinery operations vice president.
“This labour disruption was a difficult period in our history, but I believe that we will emerge from this a stronger team and organization.
“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.”
CRC locked out its employees on Dec. 5, 2019.
— A division of Unifor represents some Global News employees.