Parkland Refinery workers in Burnaby, B.C., reach tentative agreement

Follows pattern agreement set in 2016 bargaining: Unifor
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 12/05/2017

The union representing 160 workers at Parkland Refinery, Unifor, reached a three-year tentative agreement Dec. 4.

The contract follows the industry pattern set previously by the union in its negotiations with other energy companies, said Unifor.

"This was a tough round of negotiations but I'm very proud of the skill shown by our bargaining team to get Unifor members a fair deal that exceeds the pattern set in the industry," said Scott Doherty, executive assistant to the Unifor national president. "It was not easy but we achieved our main goals and now it is up to members to decide."

In 2016 Unifor and Suncor in Fort McMurray, Alta., bargained a pattern agreement to set a bar for working conditions and wages in the energy and chemical sector.

The workers at Parkland are represented by Unifor, Local 601. With a tentative deal being reached by the union and the employer, Unifor members will now have the opportunity to vote on the terms of the contract.  A membership meeting and vote is scheduled for Dec. 7.

"Resource jobs are good jobs that sustain thousands of families and are the backbone of many communities. These workers deserve to share in the rewards of one of the fastest growing corporations in North America and I think this tentative agreement acknowledges that," said Russ Day, president of Local 601. 

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