Dear Bruce Power Managers and Employees,
We are not here to ruin your golf tournament, rather we are just here to let you know some facts about our employer, Candu Energy/SNC Lavalin, who is hosting the tournament, and ourselves, the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) who are on strike against Candu Energy.
We have been on strike now for 10 weeks. Our members worked on the recent Bruce refurbishments and we do outage work at the Bruce as well. The annulus gas system job currently being done, for example, would normally be done by our members. Instead this job is being done by scabs, some of whom have little or no experience.
As employees of Bruce Power you enjoy fair compensation and a very good defined benefit (DB) pension plan. As employees of the crown corporation AECL, we also enjoyed a DB pension plan but will lose it in two years' time. SNC Lavalin told us that they could not compete in the nuclear sector if saddled with a DB pension plan. We have agreed to give ours up and trust that you can appreciate what a huge concession this is. But we are still on strike because that is not enough for this employer.Read more: August 10, 2012 - Information Flyer for Bruce Power staff - Fore!
Please click "Read More" to see the strike flyer for July 10, 2012 titled "Strike News":Read more: July 10, 2012 - Strike Flyer - Strike News
What Ever Became of our Pension Concession?
There was a time, during our long protracted negotiations with SNC Lavalin and then Candu Energy, going back to May of 2011, when we believed that if we could solve the pension issue everything else would fall into place and we would have a new collective agreement in short order. After all, a number of Air Canada unions and Canada Post went on strike to save their DB pension plans. Some investors and stock analysts that we have spoken to in recent days have said to us, "You gave up your DB pension plan didn't you? Why are you still on strike?"
Indeed, we have puzzled over this ourselves. SNC Lavalin told us last August that a DB pension plan would cost them 30% of payroll, on their balance sheet. When we agreed to an interim defined contribution (DC) pension plan we expected the dominos to fall. But we agreed to an interim DC plan about two months ago and we are still on strike.Read more: August 10, 2012 - Strike Flyer - What Ever Became of our Pension Concession?
Please click "Read More" to see the strike flyer for July 9, 2012 titled "Weekend Update!":Read more: July 9, 2012 - Strike Flyer - Weekend Update!
Striking Candu Energy Engineers and Scientists to Picket Bay Street
Please click "READ MORE" to access an information flyer detailing the impact of the labour dispute between Candu Energy Inc and SPEA on the revenue, profit and growth of SNC Lavalin.Read more: August 9, 2012 - Information Flyer - Effect of Labour Dispute between Candu Energy Inc and SPEA on...