Bruce Power – PWU Ratification 2021 – Proposal and Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the Chief Stewards recommend acceptance of the Bruce Power Offer to renew the Collective Agreement for 2 years?

The Chief Stewards reviewed Bruce Power’s proposal and agreed to trust the Members and give them the opportunity to determine whether or not Bruce Power’s proposal was acceptable. The Chief Stewards unanimously recommended that the members vote to accept. In reaching the decision the Chief Stewards determined that in the circumstances, with CNSC determinations pending in regard to ensuring the safe operating life of pressure tubes and the importance of stability for our members during the ongoing refurbishment work programs and COVID 19 pandemic, a 2-year Collective Agreement (January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023) is the best option for PWU members. It will provide pay increases as well as continued certainty and protections for our members for the term of the agreement.

Will the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) Differential from the current Collective Agreement be included in calculating the new rates of pay?

The COLA provision of the current Collective Agreement (2018 to 2021) will be triggered on January 1, 2022 if the CPI is greater than 2.2%. Currently the CPI is at about 4.1%.  If the CPI is 4.1% the end of the year the COLA differential would increase wage rates by 1.9%. The COLA increase would be retroactive to January 1, 2021 and would be added to the current wage rates effective December 31, 2021. The current Bruce Power Proposal would provide a 2% increase in wages on January 1, 2022 in addition to any COLA increase and an additional 2% on January 1, 2023.

Why would the PWU agree with extending Letter of Understanding (LOU) 013 beyond the 2 year extension of the agreement?

With CNSC determinations pending in regard to ensuring the safe operating life of pressure tubes and the importance of stability during the ongoing refurbishment work programs and COVID 19 pandemic, the extension of LOU 013 provides stability for our members during the ongoing refurbishment work programs.

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