Engineers’ union files complaint against SNC after being ordered back to office

Canadian Press, June 9, 2022.  A union representing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. engineers has filed a complaint with the national labour board alleging bad-faith bargaining after a subsidiary ordered workers back to the office full-time with one business days’ notice.

On June 2, Candu Energy Inc. mandated all employees to return to the workplace as of last Monday, a requirement the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates says amounts to a negotiating tactic amid a rotating strike launched May 29 at Ontario’s Darlington nuclear plant, which Candu is refurbishing.

In a copy of the memo obtained by The Canadian Press, SNC executive vice-president Bill Fox reminds workers that a a hybrid work model proposed to start Sept. 12 is “on the table,” meaning that the abruptly announced “full-time in-office working policy could change when bargaining concludes.”  Read more