There could be labour disruption at the Co-Op refinery in Regina for the first time in history.
This after workers rejected the company’s latest offer in a vote Monday after their union recommended a “NO” vote.
That decision disappoints Co-Op executive vice-president Vic Huard who says the company came to the table with an offer they felt was fair when it came to wages and benefits while protecting the long-term success of the facility.
As for supply, Huard admits there will be a slight decrease in production should a strike or lockout occur, but he is confident fuel supply can be maintained while assuring rural retailers that they will get the product necessary to outlets across Western Canada especially with spring seeding about to occur.
Huard is also urging the union to return to the bargaining table.
Unifor Local 594 spokesperson Kevin Bittman is hoping for a return to the table as well, but says no offer has come.
He says his members have spoken loudly that they are not going to go backwards when it comes to wages and benefits.