Saskatoon Co-op and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400 have reached an agreement to end the labour dispute that began five months ago.
Fifty-four per cent of Local 1400’s roughly 900 members voted to accept the new deal, which was reached with the assistance of a special mediator.
The dispute arose when the company proposed a two-tier wage scale where new employees would be paid less than existing ones. The terms of the new seven-year contract maintain that two-tier structure, but it also includes a mechanism to narrow the gap between the two tiers depending on the financial performance of the company, Global News reports. There’s also a built-in two per cent wage hike every year over the duration of the contract.
“At the end of the day, we came to an agreement that allows our Co-op to stay competitive while providing good jobs in our community,” said Saskatoon Co-op CEO Grant Wicks. “We look forward to serving our communities together with our employees as they transition back to work.”
Local 1400 represents roughly 900 workers. They will return to work April 21.