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Activists Block Fuel from Alberta Co-op's Terminal
USAgNet - 01/27/2020

As part of the ongoing labor disruption at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatoon, Canada, Unifor has taken its tactics to Alberta. Unifor and its team are now blocking fuel trucks from entering and exiting Federated Co-operatives Limited's (FCL) fuel terminal in Carseland, Alta., with fuel destined for Co-op gas bars in Alberta and British Columbia.

This follows the current illegal barricade that Unifor has erected in front of the CRC which is blocking all fuel trucks from the refinery. As well, Unifor has attacked local Saskatchewan businesses by illegally erecting fencing blockades around co-op sites three times since Jan. 10, 2019.

"We're disappointed that they've decided to follow this aggressive route considering earlier this week we had discussions about conditions needed to resume bargaining," said Vic Huard, FCL's executive vice-president of customer experience and stakeholder engagement. "These aggressive tactics just don't line up with the values of Western Canadians."

The CRC has stated consistently that meaningful negotiations require Unifor to drop their pre-conditions regarding no changes to the pension plan. In light of Unifor's escalation in the past week, and the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench orders and the recent contempt of court ruling, the CRC believes Unifor should respect the court and comply with the court order regarding access to the refinery. The company will not return to the bargaining table while Unifor maintains an illegal blockade at CRC or any other Co-op location.

FCL, based in Saskatoon, is the 54th largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada. FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by more than 170 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada.

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