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April 28, 2017

Workplace Fatalities Should be Unacceptable in Modern Society

Don MacKinnon
Power Workers’ Union

Every year the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) releases statistics regarding workplace fatalities and accident claims from the previous year. Unfortunately, the statistics are not providing a record of progress. Why is it that every year in Ontario, between 200 and 300 workers lose their lives as a result of traumatic workplace accidents and occupational illnesses? According to the latest report, in 2015, 229,000 accident claims were filed with the Ontario WSIB. That is up almost 15 percent from the year before....

February 22, 2017

“MergeCo” Gets a Name

On January 16, 2017, southern Ontario’s newest emerging electrical utility announced that it now has a name, Alectra.  Alectra began business operations on February 1, 2017.  ...

February 22, 2017

Local Distribution Company Applies to Labour Board To Force a Representation Vote

In January of last year the sale of Brant County Power Inc. to Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. became official and the two local distribution companies (LDC) amalgamated as a new entity called Energy+ Inc.  The newly formed LDC’s territory covers 562 square kilometers, services approximately 63,000 customers and contains three distinct workforces each with their own separate collective agreement.  The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) represents the outside classifications based in the geographic area covered by the former Brant County Power Company....

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