FCL signs contract with Edmonton DC workers

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached a new four-year agreement with employees at its Edmonton distribution centre.

More than 170 staff represented by Teamsters Local 987 voted 92 percent in favour of accepting FCL’s latest offer. FCL and its union have been bargaining since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on Aug. 31, 2020.

Current employees at the top of their pay scale will receive a one percent wage increase in each year of the new agreement. The agreement includes improvements to benefits for all employees, expanded use of part-time employees and increased scheduling flexibility.

The agreement also includes the introduction of an alternate wage scale for new employees. This wage scale is key to sustaining FCL’s operations and the ability to serve local Co-ops across Western Canada over the long-term.

“Local Co-ops rely on FCL to source and deliver food products to over 620 communities across Western Canada,” said Ron Healey, vice-president of Ag and Consumer Business at FCL.

“We acknowledge the important role our distribution team members play in our day-to-day operations. We also appreciate the efforts of the bargaining committees, who worked respectfully through a range of difficult bargaining issues and were able to reach a deal together.”

In January 2019 FCL signed a new, four-year contract with 330 employees at its home and building and food DCs in Calgary. Represented by Teamsters Local 987, they voted 66 percent in favour of the offer, which included a six percent wage increase over four years and retroactive pay. The agreement also provided enhancements to benefits for all existing and future employees.

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon,provides more than 160 local Co-ops across Western Canada with strategy and leadership, wholesaling, manufacturing, logistics, operational support, services and marketing support. Together FCL and those local co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

The CRS serves its members and communities with products and services from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. The organization employs 24,000 and serves 1.9 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 1,500 retail locations in more than 620 communities.