“Although January is now behind us, I still want to wish you all good health and prosperity throughout 2018.
At the very top of the PWU agenda is collective bargaining. Our organization is now in full “bargaining mode” having kicked off bargaining with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Hydro One last month. We are now negotiating collective bargaining agreements with all five of our largest employers. I will say that all our bargaining committees are doing a great job.
The provincial government has asked the IESO to undertake many initiatives that will fundamentally change Ontario’s electricity system. These include integrated regional planning, market renewal and nine directives outlined in the 2017 LongTerm Energy Plan. We are thoroughly engaged in all these initiatives and will ensure that the voice of the PWU members across the province and across all sectors is heard.
My good friend Rob Ellis from MYSAFEWORK was in for a visit just last week. Rob has been very busy, speaking to groups across the province about the importance of maintaining a healthy safety culture. It was a pleasure to spend some time with him and sign my name to the Jersey of Courage. I encourage all PWU members to rededicate themselves to enhancing the health and safety culture in their workplaces.
The PWU hosted its first Day with the Maple Leafs member event in Oshawa on February 10, 2018. It was extremely successful, and we are receiving some great feedback from everyone who attended. I look forward to seeing you soon at an event like this, in a community near you.”