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Candu strike is leading to brain drain, union warns

SHAWN MCCARTHY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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SNC-Lavalin Group is mired in a lengthy strike with unionized engineers and scientists at its Candu Energy unit that is raising concerns about a brain drain at the company and its ability to provide service to Canada’s nuclear-power operators.

Read more: Article 16, 2012 - Strike Flyer - Yesterday's News

Striking SPEA Members Hit the Streets

 

Members of Society of Professional Engineers Set Up Picket Lines Across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2012) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Today at press conference in front of SNC-Lavalin's offices in Oakville, Michael Ivanco, Vice President of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) gave an update on the status on negotiations and actions taken by SPEA.

"Our negotiating team met with SNC-Lavalin representatives until midnight on Sunday and we thought we might be able to avoid a work stoppage. SPEA has demonstrated a flexible and reasonable approach in its negotiations," said Ivanco.

Read more: July 10, 2012 - Press Release - Striking SPEA Members Hit the Streets

UPDATE, July 28 2012: Our apologies, but have still not been provided the tape of the interview by CTV News.

Today at 10:25AM Dr. Michael Ivanco was the guest of CTV News (live) to talk about the future of Canadian nuclear industry. Below is a picture of Dr. Ivanco. We will upload the video as soon as it becomes available.

Read more: July 12, 2012 - CTV News Live - Dr. Michael Ivanco talks about the future of nuclear in Canada

The Owen Sound Sun Times

Candu worker picket delays Bruce Power employees for hours

Troy Patterson, Kincardine News

An information picket by about 100 Candu Energy workers at the gates of the Bruce Power site backed up traffic kilometres deep Wednesday, in protest of numerous cuts by owner SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

The picket line between 6 a.m. and noon brought traffic to a crawl as Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) members stopped vehicles to hand out information on the strike and talked to drivers before they allowed vehicles to cross the picket line.

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) president Peter White said SNC-Lavalin Group has refused to workout a deal with their workers, which has forced them to strike for their 11th week. A second picket was to take place in Darlington as well.

Read more: August 15, 2012 - Owen Sound Times - Candu worker picket delays Bruce Power employees for hours

Please click "Read More" to see the strike flyer for July 12, 2012 titled "Aecon Employees and SPEA Members: We Share a Common Interest":

Read more: July 12, 2012 - Strike Flyer - Aecon Employees and SPEA Members: We Share a Common Interest

The Globe and Mail

Candu strike is leading to brain drain, union warns

SHAWN MCCARTHY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

SNC-Lavalin Group is mired in a lengthy strike with unionized engineers and scientists at its Candu Energy unit that is raising concerns about a brain drain at the company and its ability to provide service to Canada’s nuclear-power operators.

The battle is part of the restructuring at the Candu division of former Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., which SNC purchased from Ottawa for $15-million last year. The federal government had grown frustrated by AECL’s constant cost overruns which were backstopped by taxpayers, and SNC made it clear it intended to force more commercial discipline on the former Crown corporation.

Read more: August 15, 2012 - Globe & Mail - Candu strike is leading to brain drain, union warns

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