Six weeks after they went on strike, hundreds of Saskatoon Co-op workers remain on the picket lines with little progress towards a settlement.
The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reports that several rounds of bargaining last month led nowhere and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1400 turned down the company’s latest offer. Union officials didn’t even take it to their members before rejecting the offer.
Saskatoon Co-op, for its part, rejected a union request to take the dispute to binding arbitration, saying that it preferred to have union members take a vote on its latest offer.
A former Local 1400 employee even circulated a petition to force a special meeting of the Co-op board of directors that would install new directors willing to end the strike. Although the petition garnered the number of signatures required to force the meeting, Co-op’s board refused to comply.