SASKATOON—Co-op Members for Fairness (CM4F) has urged the Saskatoon Co-op to intervene in the lockout of the workers at the Co-op Refinery, represented by Unifor 594. In a letter sent to the Saskatoon Co-operative Association Board of Directors on Friday, CM4F expressed its support for the locked-out Refinery workers and petitioned the Board to exert […]
We sit down with Kevin Bittman, president of Unifor 594, as negotiations are underway at Co-op Refinery in Regina.
At the upcoming meeting of the Saskatoon Co-op Board of Directors on Monday August 12, the directors will be discussing a letter written by a member of the Co-op Members for Fairness (CM4F) group, Tim Quigley. In the letter, Mr. Quigley calls for the resignation of all the directors, other than the two CM4F newly elected board members, because of their “shocking disdain for democracy, the membership, and Co-op workers.”
CM4F member, lawyer, and former professor Tim Quigley has written a letter to the Saskatoon Co-op’s Board of Directors. In the letter, Tim calls for the resignation of all the directors (other than the two CM4F newly elected board members) because of their handling of the labour dispute, conduct at the AGM, and their rejection of […]
On May 13, 2019, Co-op Members for Fairness endorsed Erika Ritchie as a candidate for the Saskatoon Co-op Board. We encourage all Co-op members to vote for Erika at the June 20 AGM at TCU Place, 6PM.
Carroll Chubb: A sufficient number of Members of the Board [could] support reopening negotiations with the Union for the purpose of returning to a one-tier wage structure.
On May 13, 2019, Co-op Members for Fairness endorsed Ashlee Hicks as a candidate for the Saskatoon Co-op Board. (See more profiles of Co-op Members for Fairness candidates here.) We encourage all Co-op members to vote for Ashlee at the June 20 AGM at TCU Place, 6PM. We conducted this interview with Ashlee by email. […]
“The Co-op Board is at risk of being unable to evaluate management’s performance, and the labour dispute highlighted this weakness.”
We are of course disappointed in the Co-op Board for dismissing these, but we also have reason to be angered by their rejection. While at some point, we may put out an item-by-item response, the key paragraph in their reasoning is this (in their specific response to the first resolution, “Democratic Control”:
The end of the five-and-a-half-month strike at Co-op— ultimately resulting in the introduction of a modified two-tier wage structure— should leave members concerned about working conditions at the cooperative with many questions.