Crown Corporations reach tentative contracts with Unifor

Scenes like this one of striking Unifor workers will end as the employees are able to set down their picket signs and return to work on Monday, as the Crown Investments Corporation announced that its six Crowns reached tentative agreements with their respective Unifor locals on Sunday.

SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, Directwest, SecurTek and SaskWater signed memoranda of agreement on Sunday. Details of the agreements will not be available until ratification has been completed by unionized employees at all Crown corporations. An agreement with the Water Security Agency had been reached earlier, and is also awaiting a ratification vote.

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“These agreements were reached because dedicated teams were determined to achieve agreements that are fair and beneficial to both the employees and the corporations,” Crown Investments Corporation President and CEO Blair Swystun said. “On behalf of the leadership at each of the Crowns and CIC, thank you to the Crown bargaining teams and Unifor’s negotiators who have worked tirelessly to reach settlements.”

Employees from all seven Crowns will begin voting on the tentative deals over the next few weeks. Return to work schedules will begin Monday, October 21 at all Crowns.

However, operations will take a few days to return to normal. Employees can expect to receive more information regarding their schedules from management.