POWER WORKERS’ UNION

The Power Workers’ Union (PWU), is a proud Canadian union and, by far, the largest, most progressive and successful union in Ontario’s electricity sector.

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Ontario’s Largest Electricity Sector Union

The PWU, one of Canada’s strongest, most democratic and progressive unions, is a knowledgeable and experienced player in the energy sector.

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safe working conditions

We take workplace health and safety very seriously at the Power Workers’ Union. Our Joint Health and Safety Committee Members are trained to know what to do if a PWU member needs help.

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we help keep the lights on

We are committed to delivering a promising future for our membership and continuing to help keep the lights on for all Ontarians.

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Recent Submissions, Newsletters and News

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Submission on the IESO’s Northwest IRRP April 2022 Update

The IESO provided an update to Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) for the Northwest region and sought feedback on how it has considered local reliability concerns, growth scenarios and local supply options. The PWU remains concerned that the Atikokan Generating Station (AGS) continues to be excluded from the IESO’s assumptions for the development of the […]

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Submission on the IESO’s Clean Energy Credit Registry

In response to a Ministry of Energy request, the IESO has outlined an approach and options for a voluntary Clean Energy Credits (CECs) registry based on the Environmental Attributes (EAs) of electricity generation (i.e. emissions properties). Mostly due to internal IESO concerns, the IESO presented no viable options for fully achieving the government’s objectives to […]

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Submission to the IESO on the LT RFP

The IESO continues to engage on the design of the LT RFP to secure new capacity. Based on the recent 2022 Annual Acquisition Report (AAR), the LT RFP is now seeking 5500 to 6500 MW of new generation, an increase from the 1000 MW targeted as recently as March 2022. However, the PWU is concerned […]

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Submission on the IESO’s 2022 Annual Acquisition Report

The IESO recently released its 2022 Annual Acquisition Report (AAR) that now addresses the urgent generation challenge that the PWU has been identifying for the last two years and includes multiple procurement options to address both the near term and medium-term procurement needs as the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station retires. However, the PWU is concerned […]

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PWU Submission on Canada’s Clean Electricity Standard Discussion Paper

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) sought comments on a Clean Electricity Standard (CES) discussion paper regarding a net-zero emissions electricity system by 2035 and the prevention of using carbon-emitting electricity generating sources to meet demand growth. The PWU response identifies that a net zero goal by 2035 is impossible for Ontario, but such a […]

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Extending Atikokan Operations Report

The analysis, “Extending Atikokan Biomass Generating Station (AGS) Operations: A Need and Benefits Impact Assessment”, prepared by Strategic Policy Economics, recommends that Ontario take immediate steps to extend and enhance the operations of the station. The assessment established a clear need for additional, low-carbon electricity to meet the growing demands in the Northwest over the […]

why pwu?

The PWU is the largest and most successful union in Ontario’s electricity sector.

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experience

Ontario’s electricity sector has faced numerous tumultuous policy shifts in the last 20 years. Predicting these shifts, influencing them positively where possible and adapting innovatively and intelligently – all in ways that create the most opportunities for sustainable, high-pay, high-skill jobs are products of many decades of organizational experience in the PWU.

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proven track record

The PWU has a proven track record of strong union representation and bargaining quality collective agreements with excellent pay rates, job security provisions, working conditions, pensions and benefits―without work stoppages. That’s why we are Ontario’s largest electricity sector union.

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training

The PWU provides extensive union based training to new members, Stewards, Chief Stewards and Health and Safety Representatives. Our union is financially strong, based on solid democratic principles and is supported by dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced elected representatives and support staff.

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