Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

November 28, 2006 06:00 ET

AECL's Professional Staff to Strike

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - Engineers and scientists at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) Chalk River Laboratories voted overwhelmingly to strike at a meeting last night in Chalk River, Ontario. This follows six months of negotiations to renew their Collective Agreement which expired June 30, 2006.

"AECL is attempting to achieve a 5 year contract with lower salaries and benefits than their own engineers and scientists in Mississauga, Ontario" said Vince Frisina, Chair of the Chalk River Professional Employees Group. "They are trying to remove existing severance pay protection in the event the Company is privatized or transferred. AECL has threatened to lock us out if we don't agree to concessions. When we try to discuss and negotiate with them, their proposals are withdrawn threatening their next offer will be worse

A last-ditch effort to avoid a strike occurs today and tomorrow with the assistance of a federally appointed Conciliation Officer.

Michele Demers, President of The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada said "our members will not be pressured into a substandard settlement. Until the Company is able to treat its professional employees with respect a strike is unavoidable."

The Professional Institute represents 515 engineers and scientists at AECL's Chalk River site. They are responsible for design and ensure safe operation of CANDU nuclear reactors, manage radioactive waste from across Canada, and operate nuclear reactors which produce medical isotopes used for diagnostic purposes world-wide.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 50,000 professionals and scientists across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Francine Pressault
    Media & Government Relations Officer
    613-228-6310 or 1-800-267-0446
    or
    Joe Ahrens
    Negotiator
    1-800-665-0446 or 204-223-1111