EDMONTON, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Members of Unifor Local 21-A have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement with Imperial Oil at its Strathcona facility.
"This was a tough round of negotiations but our bargaining committee persevered with a deal that they can be proud of," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
The new contract meets the intent of Unifor's national pattern for bargaining in the energy sector and includes wage increases of 2% in year two and 2.5% in year three. Workers will also receive paid education leave, an increase to the safety footwear allowance, and a steamticket premium increase.
"In many Alberta communities, energy jobs are the engine of the economy. It is important to pay dividends to these communities in the form of fair wages and benefits," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director.
Local 21-A represents 205 workers who are refinery operators, maintenance, and packaging plant workers.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 778-903-6549 (cell).