At a press conference this morning (10:30 am) at the Delta Halifax, Ray Larkin, Q.C.; Rick Clarke, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour; and Jeff Richardson, Business Manager IBEW Local 1928, released a statement on the merits of Nova Scotia Power's plan to outsource work.
At a press conference this morning (10:30 am) at the Delta Halifax, Ray Larkin, Q.C.; Rick Clarke, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour; and Jeff Richardson, Business Manager IBEW Local 1928, will debate the merits of Nova Scotia Power's plan to outsource work.
Today NSP laid off eight more employees. Five of these are hydro maintenance jobs located in the Valley (a Liberal stronghold), one wind technician on the Western Shore, one maintance person at Tufts Cove in Dartmouth, and one utility worker at Point Aconi Generating Station in Cape Breton. That brings the total number of unionized layoffs to 22.
The company also announced that today they are seeking expressions of interest for most work performed by unionized employees, including 1) Transmission and Distribution in metro Halifax and within an hour's drive of Halifax, 2) meter services throughout the province, 3) system maintenance (substation work) throughout the province), and 4) power production --- operating and maintaining the thermal power plants throughout the province. If successful in contracting out all of this work, it would reduce the union membership at Nova Scotia Power to a token amount. This amounts to a direct attack.
Josh Mandryk, labour activist and Juris Doctor candidate of law at the University of Toronto faculty of law, wrote an article for the Broadbent Institute about Merit Canada and its lobby campaign that targets unions and union leaders with an end goal of lowering wages for workers, specifically in the construction industry. Read Josh's article here.
After the membership rejected a negotiated tentative agreement in early September, the final contract offer from Emera Utility Services was ratified by a slim majority (34-31). Voting took place between September 25th and 27th and the results were tallied on Monday September 30th. This outside construction contract contains one of the highest per diems in Canada. Highlights include:
We trust that this ratified contract will help Emera Utility Services secure steady future work for 1928's outside construction members.