Energy & Power
Power Workers’ Union ratify OPG contract for 2015-2018
By Renée Francoeur
June 3, 2015 – Employees represented by the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) have ratified a three-year contract with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The previous collective agreement with the Power Workers’ Union expired on March 31, 2015.
The contract provides for “modest wage increases, which combined with productivity improvements, will reduce OPG’s operating costs,” according to OPG. Changes in pension contributions and benefits over the long term will “more equitably share pension costs between company and PWU staff.” This matches the approach being undertaken for management staff over the next three years, OPG added.
Other contract highlights include:
• PWU staff will receive a 1% economic increase each year.
• The parties have agreed on conditions for an end to operations at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that minimize both costs to the employer and impact on staff.
• Enhanced staffing flexibility.
• Employee pension contributions increasing 2.75%.