PWU represents more than 16,000 Ontario energy workers, including approximately 6,000 OPG employees. The current collective agreement expired on March 31, 2018 and negotiations were suspended on October 17, 2018. LiUNA and PWU members who work in accordance with Schedule A of the PWU/Hydro One collective agreement are entitled to a refund of travel expenses if their regular stay is located more than 40 kilometres from the workplace. If a member`s normal residence is located more than 97 kilometres from the place of residence, a space and board allowance may be paid, subject to proof of a normal residence financial obligation (e.g.B. property tax bill, mortgage account, lease, lease declaration or up-to-date electricity bill). “OPG takes care of the safety and working conditions of all its employees and will continue to move forward in a thoughtful and respectful manner that will also ensure the safety of all Ontarians while recognizing the fiscal realities of the company and the province of Ontario,” said Jeff Lyash, President and CEO of OPG. “Our goal was to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement with the PWU, which we believe we did in June. We remain ready to settle the arbitration in order to reach an agreement. As part of its collective agreements, the PWU has negotiated with the following employers: the main bargaining committee will meet on December 14 to issue a notice to introduce a 21-day “safe closure period” to prepare for the closure of electricity generation. PWU members will continue to assume their responsibilities in accordance with all safety guidelines in order to prepare for work. “The first election of our members is always to reach an agreement through negotiation in good faith,” said Mel Hyatt, president of the Power Workers` Union. “We are disappointed that OPG has submitted a final offer, which has remained unchanged from the previous offer already rejected. We need to reach an agreement that strengthens the reliability of Ontario`s energy sector.
TORONTO, 14.12.2018 /CNW/ – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has received a strike notice from the Power Workers Union (PWU) pursuant to its collective agreement. A 21-day period therefore immediately opens for both parties to take steps to safely shut down OPG`s nuclear reactors at Darlington and Pickering, as well as for the eventual closure of OPG`s 66 hydroelectric plants. In addition, OPG strives to maintain the current term employee classification under this agreement to reduce costs and disruptions. Permanent workers have the same wages and working conditions as ordinary workers, but their rights to severance pay differ and their benefits and pensions are granted by the union. This term personnel classification will help OPG continue to operate our nuclear power plants safely, while protecting taxpayers from the significant decommissioning costs associated with the upcoming closure of the Pickering nuclear power plant, which is coming to an end in 2024. Negotiations between OPG and PWU began in January and an interim agreement was reached between the respective negotiating committees on 4 June. The PWU recommended ratification of its members and, at that time, the members refused the offer.