On Jan. 7, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached a new four-year agreement with employees at two Calgary distribution centres.
More than 330 employees working for the home and building solutions distribution and food distribution centres, represented by Teamsters, Local 987 voted 66 per cent in favour of accepting FCL’s latest offer, said the union.
“Every day, FCL delivers food and home building products to Co-op locations in more than 580 communities across Western Canada,” said Tom Kishchuk, FCL vice-president of operational support. “This agreement is a really important and practical step needed so Co-op can continue serving communities.”
The agreement includes the introduction of a second-tier wage scale for new employees at both distribution centres. This wage scale is key to sustaining FCL’s operations and ability to serve retail co-operatives across Western Canada over the long-term, according to Teamsters.
Employees will receive a six per cent wage increase over four years, with retroactive pay for work completed back to April 1, 2018. The new agreement also provides enhancements to benefits for all existing and future employees, said the union.
The new agreement covers more than 330 employees at the two distribution centres. FCL and its union have been bargaining since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on March 31, according to Teamsters.
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is the 58th largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada.