Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

June 22, 2010 17:19 ET

Overwhelming Strike Mandate at Electrical Safety Authority

Energy Professionals Support Strike Action If Necessary

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - In an overwhelming show of support, professionals employed at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), who are represented by The Society of Energy Professionals, have given their negotiating committee strike mandate of over 90%.

"This sends a strong message to management at the Electrical Safety Authority that it's time to start taking these negotiations seriously," said Society Local Vice-president Kelly Brace. "Our members want a fair and reasonable settlement without a strike, but if that's what it takes to get fairness… Today they've signaled very loudly and very clearly that they're willing to go the distance."

The Electrical Safety Authority is a stand-alone, financially self-sustaining not-for-profit corporation that operates as an Administrative Authority under an Administrative Agreement with the Ministry of Consumer Services. Under the agreement, the government of Ontario has delegated responsibility for public electrical safety to the corporation.

Society members are employed at the ESA in a number of occupations which are vital to the protection of public safety such as: technical advisors to field inspectors; product safety engineers; and, incident investigation specialists.
ESA negotiators have freely acknowledged that, as a stand alone corporation which receives no government funding, they are not subject to the Public Sector Compensation Restraint Act. Despite this, ESA management has unreasonably insisted that any agreement must conform to the Act.

"This is not about safeguarding the public purse, or the ESA's ability to pay what is fair," said Society President Rod Sheppard. "This is about management dishonestly hiding behind the Restraint Act as an excuse to extract pension concessions and prevent Society members from maintaining parity with the gains of other ESA employees".

On Wednesday morning, members of the Society of Energy Professionals will be staging an information picket at Glendon College where the Liberal cabinet, including Minister of Consumer Services Sophia Aggelonitis, will be meeting.

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Contact Information

  • Mike Belmore, External Relationss Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 905-308-4300
    E-mail: belmorem@thesociety.ca