CRC labour disruption event summary
December 4, 2019
Many events have taken place since Unifor 594 initiated a labour dispute at the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) in Regina. Please see the following summary of events to date.
- Jan. 15: Bargaining discussions begin between the CRC and Unifor.
- Jan. 31: Collective Bargaining Agreement ends.
- Sept. 26: Unifor declares bargaining impasse.
- Oct. 12-Nov. 12: Mandatory mediation occurs.
- Dec. 3: Unifor issues 48-hour strike notice at 4:30 p.m.; the CRC issues 48-hour lockout notice at 5:30 p.m.
- Dec. 5: Lockout begins.
- Dec. 15: Unifor launches Boycott Co-op campaign.
- Dec. 17: FCL granted interim injunction court order at the CRC.
- Dec. 23: FCL granted permanent injunction court order at the CRC.
- Jan. 10: Unifor escalates activities with blockades at FCL’s administration office, manufacturing facility, cardlock and propane office in Regina.
- Jan. 13: Unifor blockades Prairie Sky Co-op Gas Bar, FCL Bulk Petroleum Plant and third-party restaurant in Weyburn, Sask.
- Jan. 16: Unifor blockades Sherwood Co-op Gas Bar, Home Centre and administrative offices in Regina.
- Jan. 20:
- Unifor begins national solidarity action and completely blockades the CRC in Regina.
- Regina Police Service arrests and charges 14 people with mischief at the CRC, include Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
- Jan. 22: Unifor fined $100,000 for intentionally disobeying the interim injunction court order at the CRC.
- Jan. 25-Feb. 9: Unifor blockades Co-op Carseland Terminal in Carseland, Alta.
- Jan. 29-Feb. 11: Unifor activists turn Co-op fuel trucks away from Imperial Oil fuel distribution terminal in Winnipeg.
- Jan. 31: The CRC and Unifor meet to bargain, the first time open negotiations have occurred since Sept. 26. Talks broke off after 13 hours.
- Feb. 1-11: Unifor activists turn Co-op fuel trucks away from Shell fuel distribution terminal in Winnipeg.
- Feb. 5:
- Regina Police Service reports property (vehicles and homes) of seven CRC managers targeted with paintballs.
- Regina Police Service arrests and charges four people with mischief at the CRC.
- FCL places restrictions on fuel at cardlocks (100L gasoline; 300L diesel)
- Feb. 6:
- FCL granted interim injunction court order at Carseland Terminal.
- FCL in Court of Queen’s Bench for contempt hearing in Regina.
- Red River Co-op announces fuel outages due to illegal blockades.
- Unifor’s Lead Negotiator Scott Doherty charged with mischief.
- Feb. 7: Interim injunction court order for Carseland Terminal amended to include enforcement order.
- Feb. 10-12: Unifor blockades corporate bulk plant near Moose Jaw, Sask.
- Feb. 12:
- Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe appoints Vince Ready as a special mediator.
- Unifor fined $250,000 for being found in contempt of court for not following the permanent injunction court order.
- FCL ends restrictions on fuel from Co-op Cardlock locations.
- Unifor removes blockades at the CRC.
- Feb.13: Unifor activists picket Tidewater fuel distribution terminal in Prince George, B.C.
- Feb. 14: Unifor activists picket Saskatoon bulk petroleum plan, propane branch office and cardlock location in Saskatoon.