Energy union bargains with Edmonton Petro-Canada for pattern agreement

    OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest union of energy workers,
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, will negotiate
the 2007-2008 National Energy and Chemical Bargaining Program with
Petro-Canada at its Edmonton refinery.
    "We chose to negotiate the pattern in Edmonton because we believe that
the oil and gas sector and the labour market conditions in Alberta create the
best conditions to deliver the kind of settlement that our members are
expecting," said National Energy Bargaining coordinator Joe Gargiso.
    "There is no doubt that this industry can well afford a significant wage
increase as well as other improvements," said CEP National President Dave
Coles. "I want to acknowledge the role that Local 501A is prepared to play in
stepping out in front to set the pattern.
    National pattern bargaining negotiations will be conducted by the
National Bargaining Committee, while CEP Local 501A conducts local
    "Local 501 can be confident that the entire bargaining group and the
whole union stand behind them fully and will support them in every way
possible," Mr. Coles said.
    The decision to target Petro-Canada was made after consultations with all
major employers in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries in December in
Edmonton and Sarnia. A follow-up meeting was held with Petro-Canada in
February, followed by a special meeting of all CEP Petro-Canada local unions
in Toronto on February 24. The bargaining strategy was then affirmed by the
National Energy and Chemical Bargaining Program Advisory Committee at a
meeting held on March 1.
    "If we are able to negotiate an agreement with Petro-Canada in Edmonton,
a bargaining conference will be held to ratify the proposed agreement on
pattern issues," said Mr. Gargiso.

For further information:

For further information: Joe Gargiso, (514) 384-9000, ext. 252 or (514)
237-4671 (cell.)

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