The Bruce Power Nuclear Station. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUCE POWER
Both the Society of Energy Professionals and Bruce Power are calling a tentative agreement reached on Sunday a win-win.The union is recommending its 1,200 members employed at the nuclear generating station accept the proposed agreement at a ratification vote, expected to take place later this month.“Our bargaining team is proud of this win-win agreement that addresses our members’ priorities and enables Bruce Power to be a global leader in clean, affordable energy that powers a strong Ontario,” said Mike Gade, the Bruce Power local vice-president of the Society of United Professionals, who led the union’s bargaining efforts. “We were only able to secure this deal because of the hard work and solidarity of society members at Bruce Power.”Ratification meetings are scheduled over the coming weeks, with details of the agreement remaining confidential until those meetings begin, the union said in a news release.Bargaining between the union and Bruce Power began last November and lasted 10 months, with union members giving their bargaining committee a strike mandate in June should the two sides not be able to reach an agreement. The union also filed for conciliation in June, so a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator worked with the two sides in recent weeks.The union had pegged the key issues at the bargaining table as ensuring good jobs for the next generation of Bruce Power employees, career development opportunities for current employees, and improving health and safety at the plant.In the union’s news release issued on Monday, Gade thanked its 1,200 members for their support throughout bargaining.“From setting the bargaining agenda to participating in workplace solidarity activities to their overwhelming support for a strike mandate, members stepped up and there is now way we could have secured this agreement without that,” Gade said.Bruce Power issued its own news release on Monday, also calling the agreement “a win-win following extensive discussions to balance a number of considerations.”“The company and union leadership look forward to continue working together towards our many shared goals and aspirations,” the release from Bruce Power said.