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FCL’s Calgary distribution centre employees ratify new two-tier agreement

By Daniel Jungwirth

January 9, 2019

On Monday, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached a new four-year agreement with employees at two Calgary distribution centres. More than 330 Home and Building Solutions Distribution Centre and Food Distribution Centre employees represented by Teamsters Local 987 voted 66 per cent in favour of accepting FCL’s latest offer. 

The agreement includes the introduction of a second-tier wage scale for new employees at both distribution centres. This wage scale is key to sustaining FCL’s operations and ability to serve retail co-operatives across Western Canada over the long-term.

“Every day, FCL delivers food and home building products to Co-op locations in more than 580 communities across Western Canada. This agreement is a really important and practical step needed so Co-op can continue serving communities,” said Tom Kishchuk, Vice-President of Operational Support at FCL.

“We value the role our team members play in our day-to-day operations. We also appreciate the efforts of the bargaining committees to work through a lot of difficult issues in what was a very respectful round of bargaining, coming to the table and reaching a deal together.”

Employees will receive a six per cent wage increase over four years, with retroactive pay for work completed back to April 1, 2018. The new agreement also provides enhancements to benefits for all existing and future employees.

The new agreement covers more than 330 employees at the two distribution centres. FCL and its union have been bargaining since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on March 31, 2018.