After a long day of talks on Tuesday, Husky Energy and United Steelworkers Local 624 leaders agree to send union members back to work.
The union and Husky representatives met from 10 AM, Tuesday morning, until 7:30 PM. In the end, the two sides walked away with a completed back to work agreement. It sends workers back to the Husky Refinery on October 8th. Medical benefits take effect on October 3rd.
There are two meetings scheduled at the labor hall on Wednesday at 12:30 and 6:30, where union members can get information on schedules and training. While this agreement sends union members back to work, it doesn't mean there's a new contract. The two sides didn't even address that, but they will meet at 8 AM Wednesday morning to resume contract talks.
Union President Mike Edelbrock said, "Although there's still work left to do on the contract, the fact the union is going back to work shows they're headed in the right direction."
Late Tuesday, we received confirmation from Husky, and a statement that included the following, "We have accepted the union's unconditional offer to return to work. We have successfully concluded an agreement on conditions for a return to work that will ensure a safe and a smooth transitions of duties"