As part of its collective agreements, PWU has negotiated room rental agreements with the following employers: «We are disappointed that OPG has submitted a final offer that has remained unchanged from the previous offer that had already been rejected. We need to reach an agreement that strengthens the reliability of Ontario`s energy sector. In addition, OPG is working to maintain the current classification of employees under this agreement to reduce costs and disruptions. Permanent workers have the same wages and working conditions as ordinary workers, but their severance rights differ and their benefits and pensions are provided by the union. This personnel classification will help OPG continue to operate its nuclear power plants safely while protecting taxpayers from the significant decommissioning costs associated with the impending closure of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, which expires 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 by its members, and at that time, the members rejected the offer. The OPG and PWU negotiating committees continued their work on the interim agreement, but could not agree on the amendments. Another vote on the same offer took place in December, which was again rejected by PWU members. The collective agreement with PWU, which represents approximately 6,000 OPG employees, expired on March 31, 2018. TORONTO, 12/14/2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has received a strike notice from the Electricity Workers Union (PWU) in accordance with its collective agreement.
As a result, a 21-day period immediately opens for both parties to take steps towards the safe shutdown of OPG`s nuclear reactors at Darlington and Pickering and the permanent closure of OPG`s 66 hydroelectric plants. As part of its collective agreements, PWU has negotiated leases with the following employers: 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. «OPG cares about the safety and working conditions of all our employees and will continue to move forward in a thoughtful and respectful manner that also ensures the safety of all Ontarians while recognizing the fiscal realities of the Corporation 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 UTP, which we believe we did in June. We remain ready to settle the arbitration in order to reach an agreement. The Main Negotiating Committee will meet on 14 December to issue a 21-day «safe closure» opinion for the dismantling of electricity generation. PWU members will continue to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with all safety guidelines to prepare for work. «Our members` first choice is always to reach an agreement through good faith negotiations,» said Mel Hyatt, president of the Electrical Workers Union.
LiUNA and PWU members working in accordance with Schedule A of the PWU/Hydro One collective agreement are entitled to travel allowances if their habitual residence is more than 40 kilometres from the place of work. If a member`s habitual residence is more than 97 kilometres from the site, a room and meal allowance may be paid, subject to proof of a financial obligation to the habitual residence (e.g., B property tax bill, mortgage statement, lease, landlord bill or current utility bill). LiUNA and PWU members who work in accordance with Schedule A of the PWU/Hydro One Collective Agreement are entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses if their regular stay is more than 40 kilometres from the workplace. If a member`s habitual residence is more than 97 kilometres from the place of residence, an allowance for space and food may be paid subject to proof of a financial obligation of the place of habitual residence (for example. B.B, property tax bill, mortgage account, lease agreement, lease agreement or current electricity bill). OPG produces safe, clean, reliable and cost-effective energy for Ontario. .