Volume 22 | Issue 8 | September 2022


594 Scholarship

Treasurer Thank You

Last Laugh

Shop Steward Course

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Labour Day Picnic



New Members



Nathan Kraemer

Recording Secretary:

Ellen Foley


Kaleena Baulin

Negotiating Chairperson:

Shaun Jenkins

Maintenance V.P.:

Karl Dahle

Process V.P.:

Wade Schnell

Administration V.P.:

Tasha Lang


Kurt Haakensen

Chief Shop Steward:

Richard Exner

Information Officer:

Ashlyn Heintz


Brandon Mang

Sergeant at Arms:

Nic Skulski


Amy Wisniewski 

Daryl Watch 

Anton Skulski


Up to 4 scholarships will be awarded annually to persons undertaking full time post-secondary education at a University or Trade School. One scholarship is in memory of Shirley Reynolds for $1000.00. The remaining three scholarships will be $750.00 each.

Applications can be made by any member of the immediate family of a Unifor Local 594 member, or a member of the immediate family whose spouse was a member of Unifor Local 594 and employed by the complex at the time of their death. Immediate family shall include spouse, children and stepchildren. If you have previously received a Unifor Local 594 scholarship, you are not eligible to apply for another. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a post-secondary program.

All scholarships awarded are at the discretion of the Finance Committee. Scholarship applications will be considered according to the following criteria. Please send a cover letter that includes the relationship to a Unifor 594 member and supporting documents that outline and describe:

Academic Achievement - Highschool, post-secondary transcripts (40% of scoring)

500-1000 Word Essay on "My Career Goals" (40% of scoring)

Secondary Teachers' Report - a letter of reference/recommendation (10% of scoring)

Extra-Curricular Activities - Volunteer, teams, clubs, boards, etc. (10% of scoring)


    Unifor Local 594

    200 Hodsman Road

    Regina, Saskatchewan

    S4N 5X4

OR EMAILED TO: treasurer@unifor594.com

All applications must be post marked by NOVEMBER 4, 2022.

DYK? We had radio ads playing for Labour Day and National Day for Truth & Reconciliation 



Karla Hanson


Debbie Bourassa &

Mitch Bloos

Building Maintenance:

Garth Wendel


Mike Pelzer


Sam Seibel


Corey Strass & Colin Waldie

Fire & Safety:

Daryl Watch &

Ryan Shillingford

Information Technology:

Cory Frederickson


Shane Thompson


Dave Mushynsky &

Jaret McCloy & Chris Szala


Luke McGeough &

Brandon Mang


Andrea Jordan & Mike Fink


Derek Kups & Karter Diewold

MRP: Garth Wendel

PDD Loading: Jamie Wolf

PDD Warehouse: Vacant

PDD Office:

Christal Wisniewski


Jeremy Lukomski

& Dan Ross


Ryan Dzioba


Nelson Wagman

Section IA:

Dean Funke

Section IB:

Charles Brittner

Section II:

Jason Sharp

Section III:

Josh Hollinger

Section IV:

Pat Pilot & Cam Parisien

Section V:

Andrew Murray


Nathan Fafard


Scott Wicklund


A big thank you is necessary for Amy Wisniewski (Major Projects Accounting) who stepped up to the treasurer role from June 2021 to August 2022 for Kaleena while she was away on maternity leave. 

Over the 14 months Amy was in the position, she was instrumental in ensuring reimbursement cheques went out in a timely manner for all union relief and lost time, she completed the monthly treasurer reports, paid union expenses (utilities, legal and dues), deposits and day to day emails. It was an extremely time consuming job, but she did it expertly and we couldn't have dreamt of a better interim treasurer.

She did this all whilst planning her wedding to Colin Lynn (Electrical). Congratulations to you both, and thank you again Amy!



The Unifor 594 Shop Steward Course will be hosted on October 28th at the Union Hall.

The course is open to any 594 member that is interested in becoming more involved, now or in the future. Any member or shop steward that is interested, but has not yet taken the course, please email: chiefshopsteward@unifor594.com. Capacity will be limited, please sign up by October 14th.


It’s common knowledge in our workplace that in some limited situations, it is necessary to use contractors to perform some bargaining unit job duties. Most of us are familiar with work being contracted out, but how many have heard of contracting in? This article will bring to your attention a different way in which contractors can be used, and how it is happening in our work place.

Both contracting out and contracting in fall under the category of outsourcing, which refers to an agreement in which one company hires another company to be responsible for planned or existing activity that could be done internally. Contractors are a part of the workforce at our refinery and have been for a long time, but that has historically been in the context of contracting out. When work is contracted out, a specific job or set of tasks is handed wholly to an outside group (contractor) to be completed by their workers, under their management, using their tools and equipment.

However, more recently we have seen the Company shift to include contracting in as a way to avoid increasing the complement of the Maintenance Department, which is critically understaffed. This involves a contractor worker being “embedded” within a shop; effectively doing bargaining unit work alongside bargaining unit members, under the same supervision, using the same tools and equipment but not paying union dues to our local.

Legally, outsourcing in all regards is allowed except where there is specific language prohibiting it in the CBA. Taking a look at our current collective agreement, Article 2, section 3:

“The Cooperative retains the right to contract work with outside persons or firms. It is understood that such right will not be used to displace any employees currently employed in classifications covered by this Agreement. It is agreed that performance of work for the Company by contractors will not cause the layoff of any employee in the bargaining unit. No work customarily performed by an employee covered by this Agreement shall be performed by another employee of the Cooperative or by a contractor, except as provided herein..” (emphasis added)

This is reiterated in LOU 58, “Contract Work.” So, under our collective agreement, contracting out of running maintenance duties can occur when one or more of three conditions have been met:

·        Lack of sufficient manpower, or

·        Lack of sufficient equipment, or

·        Lack of training to safely and efficiently perform the required task.

In these circumstances, and only these circumstances, can running maintenance activities be contracted out. Our collective agreement does not contain any provisions that allow contracting in.

The problem that is evident in several maintenance shops is that even though current employees are not technically being displaced, positions that were vacated through attrition (ie: retirements, internal movement, etc.) are not being replaced with bargaining unit members and shop complement is dwindling while maintenance work is increasing.

Instead, we are seeing contractors hired to fill those positions and complete that work, supposedly on a temporary basis. The Company appears to be signaling that this trend will continue which is not helpful to labour relations when Unifor 594 has a collective agreement in place to be the sole provider of labour to the Co-op Refinery. 

We are actively pursuing grievances to eliminate contracting in on site as that is our typical dispute resolution process. In the meantime, we are constantly raising the staffing issue with all levels of management. Our members have worked thousands of hours of overtime and the need for a skilled-trades hiring blitz is very apparent. We’re better off as an organization with 594 on the front lines. We put the care in career.

In Solidarity,

Sheena Rivett & Richard Exner

  • Congratulations Kevin Wenaus (Instrumentation) and Leah who welcomed son Theo Novak Wenaus born September 13, 2022.
  • Congratulations Justin Farrant (Loading) and Dawn who welcomed son Luke Farrant born September 22, 2022
  • Congratulations Marco Giannini who started in the Weld Shop.
  • Congratulations James Cheeseman and Ryan Morgan who received their Instrumentation Red Seal.


It is even easier for employees to enroll using the Saskworks Payroll Portal. New or existing employees who would like to participate in the payroll program can visit  saskworksfund.com and select "Option 1, Payroll Deduction". Once registered, Money for Tomorrow will provide the payroll/HR department with the payroll deduction information.

Saskworks is an outstanding investment opportunity, allowing employees to save money and pay less tax. Invest in Saskatchewan, get a 32.5% tax credit! Stay tuned for information sessions!


594 joined other Local Unions at the Labour Day Picnic in downtown Regina on September 5th!

The day was spent celebrating workers that help to protect good jobs, raise the standard of living and enhance economic growth.

Employee & Family Assistance Program
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