Local 5-4-9 president, Kevin Bittman, says they have received support during the lockout with people picketing across the country in Langley, B.C., on Vancouver Island and in Winnipeg, and today, some Unifor members from SaskPower, SaskEnergy and SaskTel joined in the picket line.
Bittman says pensions are the sticking point. In the last agreement 2 years ago, new employees would have a defined contribution pension plan and the rest would keep their defined benefit plan.
Along with the picketers walking up and down 20th Street and 4th Avenue in front of FCL, there were approximately 5 or 6 security guards monitoring the situation. The Coop Refinery Unifor members have been locked out since December 5th.