Workers at Bruce Power in Tiverton, Ont. reach tentative agreement

10 months of bargaining included strike mandate: Union
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/21/2019
Labour relations
The Society of United Professionals’ Bruce Power Local will hold ratification meetings with its members over the coming weeks to detail the contents of the tentative agreement. iStock

The Society of United Professionals and Bruce Power reached a tentative collective agreement on Aug. 12.

The Society’s bargaining team unanimously recommends the proposed agreement to its 1,200 members.

“Our bargaining team is proud of this win-win agreement that addresses our members’ priorities and enables Bruce Power to be a global leader in clean, affordable energy that powers a strong Ontario,” said Mike Gade, Bruce Power Local vice-president of the Society of United Professionals who led the union’s bargaining efforts.

The Society of United Professionals’ Bruce Power Local will hold ratification meetings with its members over the coming weeks to detail the contents of the tentative agreement. The ratification vote is expected to take place in late August, says the union.

Collective bargaining began in November 2018 and lasted 10 months, says the union.

In June, union members gave the bargaining committee a strike mandate in the event that an agreement could not be reached. The union also filed for conciliation in June and the Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator worked with the parties throughout the remainder of negotiations, says the union.

The Society of United Professionals — formerly The Society of Energy Professionals — represented workers at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station since it was first constructed in the 1970s.

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