Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

September 02, 2005 13:42 ET

Hydro One picketers kick off Scarborough by-election activity

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) - While the Liberal Government has yet to set a date for a by-election in Scarborough-Rouge River, voters there have received their first voting materials.

"Why vote for Liberals who tolerate discrimination?" ask pamphlets distributed by professional employees on strike at Hydro One yesterday. "There will be an election in this riding soon," said Andrew Müller, President of the Society of Energy Professionals. "We want voters to know that Hydro One and the Liberal government are actively discriminating against our youngest members-including perhaps their children someday."

More than 300 striking professionals who normally spend their time on picket lines spent yesterday delivering the pamphlets to each of the 40,000 homes in the most heavily populated riding in Ontario, formerly represented by MPP Alvin Curling. Curling, the popular, long-serving Liberal MPP, left his position on August 19th to become Canada's ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

"We've already received some calls in our office from people who want to know more about how to vote against the Liberals," Müller added.

Energy professionals employed by Hydro One have been on strike since June 1st, fighting Hydro One's unfair demands for a wage and benefit schedule that discriminates against younger professionals (22 per cent less in wages, 50 per cent less in benefits, and an inferior pension), and an effective 11 per cent cut in wages for most employees.

The Society of Energy Professionals represents more than 6,000 professional employees in the electricity industry in Ontario, including engineers, scientists, supervisors, and others. The Society is Local 160 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
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Contact Information

  • Brian Robinson, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-716-6438
    E-mail: brian@society.on.ca