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FCL’s Saskatoon union employees ratify new agreement

May 9, 2022

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached a new seven-year agreement with employees at our Saskatoon Distribution Centre, Home Office, Feed Plant and Propane Site.

UFCW Local 649, which represents more than 400 FCL team members, voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting FCL’s latest offer on May 6, 2022.

“Local Co-ops rely on FCL to source and deliver food products to over 620 communities across Western Canada,” said Shauna Wilkinson, Vice-President, People and Culture at FCL. “This agreement will help us continue to reliably supply our owners with high quality products at competitive prices for the entire Co-operative Retailing System.”

“We acknowledge the important role our team members play in our day-to-day operations. We also appreciate the efforts of the bargaining committees, who worked respectfully through a range of difficult bargaining issues and were able to reach a deal together.”

The agreement includes pay increases for each year of the agreement, retroactive to the previous contract expiration, improvements to benefits, including maternity leave top-up and flexible spending accounts, and clearer language around employment transitions and procedures.

FCL and its union have been bargaining since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on November 1, 2019.