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Miller Called Back To Legislature To Prevent Power Workers Strike

Posted: 2018-12-20 12:20:52 By: hbr

MPP Norm Miller said he government introduced legislation yesterday that will prevent large scale power outages in Parry Sound-Muskoka and across Ontario by quickly addressing the collective bargaining deadlock between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Power Workers’ Union (PWU).

Miller says that “People across Ontario need and deserve a reliable power supply, especially over the winter months, right now, that’s at risk.”

The government says a work stoppage at OPG would significantly impact Ontario’s electricity supply. The Independent Electricity System Operator concluded that Ontario would not have the electricity needed to meet consumer demand resulting in brownouts and blackouts across the province.

The collective agreement between OPG and PWU expired on March 31, 2018.  A tentative agreement was rejected by a majority of employees represented by the Power Workers Union.

The government is sending the dispute to a mediator-arbitrator for a fair dispute resolution process. 

“This is a health and safety issue,” Miller said. “There are many people in rural and Northern Ontario who heat with electricity – we cannot leave them without heat in the winter,” he said.