Workers at Regina’s Co-op Refinery may walk off the job after turning down the company’s final offer.
Earlier this month, the refinery handed workers what it called its final offer, saying in addition to degrading the pension plan for new employees, Co-op had also demanded two-tiered wages in some areas of the refinery.
Co-op had also stated it wanted to contract out work outside of the union.
Ballots were tallied early Tuesday morning after workers voted Monday on the offer. Unifor, the company’s union, recommended workers reject the deal.
A two-week “cooling off” period is in place right now — neither side can either strike or lockout until March 30 at midnight.
Once that deadline passes, notice can be issued by either side within 48 hours.
Unifor 594 represents 800 employees working at the refinery.
The collective agreement between Local 594 and Co-op expired over one year ago in January 2016.