Syncrude Collective Agreement

Unifor Local 601 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with The Parkland Fuel Company. The new agreement is in line with the standard energy sector agreement negotiated by Unifor in May 2019. Local 601 represents 160 artisans, operators and maintenance personnel at the Parkland refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia. Unifor, Local 601 Members ratified a new four-year collective agreement with Parkland Fuel in Burnaby, B.C. BURNABY, BC, December 4, 2017 /CNW/ – The union representing 160 Parklandy Refinery Workers Ltd. has entered into a three-year interim contract. The market follows the industry pattern previously established by Unifor in negotiations with other energy companies. In 2016, Unifor and Suncor negotiated a model agreement in Fort McMurray to establish a benchmark for working conditions and wages in the energy and chemical sectors. The interim agreement on the Parkland refinery was reached after a broad round of negotiations that took place today.

The agreement is in line with progress in this sector and the employer has tackled important pension employment issues. “Resource jobs are good jobs, which employ thousands of families and are the backbone of many communities. Skilled craftsmen, from outside Canada and working at Syncrude, are protected by all Canadian labour laws, as well as by the respective collective agreements of the societies syncrude with different unions. They are treated and compensated in the same way as any domestic worker, and the federal government guarantees this through unannounced visits to the workplace. Supporting trade unions also conduct their own independent audits and evaluations. “Unifor is the Energy Union of Canada,” said Jerry Dias, President of Unifor National. “Across the country, Unifor is committed to good jobs for energy workers.” GPMA Canadian Fertilizer Parkland Refining 2020-2022 “This was a difficult round of negotiations, but I am very proud of our negotiating team`s ability to reach a fair agreement among Unifor members that goes beyond the industry model,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor`s National President. “It wasn`t easy, but we`ve achieved our main goals, and now it`s up to the members to decide.” Parkland employees are represented by Local 601. With an interim agreement between the union and the employer, Unifor members now have the opportunity to vote on the terms of the contract. A meeting of members and a vote are scheduled for Thursday this week. The updated Canadian budget does not support all flight attendants…

These workers deserve to participate in the awards of one of the fastest growing companies in North America, and I think this interim agreement recognizes that,” said Russ Day President of Local 601. The contract includes salary increases of 2.5, 2.75, 3 and 3.5 per cent over the life of the contract as well as new provisions for overtime. According to the union, the new agreement is in line with the energy model contract negotiated by Unifor in May 2019. The national model between Unifor and Suncor has set out a framework for local negotiations on wages, severance pay and a new energy structure to combat domestic violence.

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