Kevin Bittman

Kevin Bittman leaving job at Co-Op refinery

Jun 25, 2020 | 6:00am

The man speaking for Unifor Local 594 during the nearly seven-month lockout at the Co-Op Refinery that officially ended this week will not be returning to his job. Kevin Bittman tells “The Regina Leader-Post” he is not only not going to return to the refinery after 20 years as a master opertor, but he will […]

Unifor Local 594 rejects Federated Co-op’s ‘final offer’

Apr 29, 2020 | 1:53pm

Unifor Local 594 has rejected Federated Co-op’s final offer. The result of the vote was announced Wednesday afternoon. 89% of members voted against the deal. Bittman says it was not a deal members felt comfortable accepting. “They doubled the concessions from the special mediator’s (report) and put a lot of jeopardy with the return to […]

Lockout at Co-Op Refinery could be coming to an end

Mar 20, 2020 | 1:23pm

The union representing locked-out employees at the Co-Op refinery says the contentious three-and-a-half month lockout will end soon if Federated Co-Op accepts the recommendations made by special mediator Vince Ready. “To be clear, our committee is not thrilled with the final report and the significant changes that are recommended,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. […]

Unifor local 594 fined $250,000 for contempt of court

Feb 12, 2020 | 2:21pm

A Regina judge has handed Unifor 594 a fine of $250,000 dollars for contempt of court. In a decision released Wednesday afternoon, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Neil Robertson rules the evidence presented to him overwhelmingly shows a December injunction where delays were told to be no longer than 10 minutes at the Co-Op refinery for […]

Unifor sets up blockades at a Co-op office and card-lock station in Regina

Jan 10, 2020 | 10:40am

After more than one month of an ongoing lockout, Unifor Local 594 members have now locked out Co-op managers from one of their offices in Regina and blocked the cardlock on Fleet Street. In a release, Unifor national president Jerry Dias says after locking out their loyal employees, its time they get a taste of […]

Unifor 594 continues message of solidarity ahead of potential bargaining talks with Co-op

Jan 7, 2020 | 2:20pm

Solidarity and unity were the words used frequently during a Unifor rally Tuesday afternoon outside of the Co-op refinery. Members of Unifor Local 594 and supporters chanted and listened to words of support on a bitterly cold Regina afternoon on Day 34 of the lockout. During his speech, president of Local 594 Kevin Bittman said […]

Unifor members continue protests outside of Co-op Refinery Complex

Dec 6, 2019 | 2:40pm

A lockout at the Co-op Refinery Complex continued Friday with Unifor local 594 members gathered outside every gate to fight for a better deal. Co-op offered the workers 11.75% over the next four years, as well as the option to switch to a defined contribution pension. 594 President Kevin Bittman said that’s only one half […]

Unifor 594 begins lockout with rally outside Co-op Refinery Complex

Dec 5, 2019 | 9:29pm

A lockout at the Co-op Refinery Complex began Thursday night as Unifor 594 workers staged a rally outside of the refinery. The union says they are fighting to protect their pension benefits and not give in to concessions the company is wanting workers to take in their new deal. 594 President Kevin Bittman said this […]