The July 3 at 12:00 noon deadline for receiving ballots had past when GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee members Lynn Shaw and Dale Markling began the process of opening and counting the ballots on Friday afternoon. The count took place in GSU's Regina office and was supervised by GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff representative and fellow bargaining committee member Steve Torgerson.
When the ballots were counted it was clear the members soundly rejected the company’s final offer presented on June 5, 2020.
“Seventy-seven percent of the ballots rejected the company’s final offer,” Shaw said. “The members have clearly told us the company’s proposal to eliminate our guarantees on sick leave, our pension plan, and paid leaves is not acceptable.”
“I will be serving Nutrien notice that their final offer has been rejected and we wish to get back to the bargaining table to try and find a resolution the members can accept,” Markling said. “The members want a settlement, but they are not prepared to give up the guarantees the collective agreement currently provides.”
Notice of the results was served to Nutrien on July 3, and it is GSU’s hope the parties can continue to meet and reach a tentative settlement to take to the members for a vote. Failing a negotiated settlement, either party is able to declare an impasse and request conciliation. If the conciliation fails to produce a settlement after the 60-day conciliation period, the parties would be in a legal strike or lock-out position following a two-week cooling off period.
“We have heard the members and will take direction from them,” Markling added. “We thank the members for their vote of confidence.”
This information was shared with Local 15 (Nutrien) members by email before being posted on GSU's web page on July 3.
Developments will be shared with Local 15 members as they come available.
GSU collective agreements
with Nutrien expired Dec. 31, 2019. Your GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.