Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

June 23, 2005 04:45 ET

Hydro One strike at gates of Falconbridge in Timmins

Customers can't afford reliability risk Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - Toronto, June 23 - Professional employees on strike at Hydro One will set up information pickets this morning in Timmins at the premises of a very important customer of the transmission utility.

"Falconbridge is huge in the Timmins area, and its need for safe, reliable electricity is crucial to its ability to operate," said Keith Rattai, Local Vice President of the Society of Energy Professionals. "We're exercising our right and our duty to inform Falconbridge and its employees of the threat to the electricity system posed by Hydro One management's unwillingness to bargain with the professional employees who keep it safe."

The strikers say that if another outage occurs like the one of May 27th (sometimes erroneously referred to as a "blip"), industrial customers like Falconbridge risk millions of dollars in lost production.

WHERE: Falconbridge Kidd Metallurgical Division, Timmins (Hwy 101, near South Porcupine)

WHEN: June 23, 2005, 5 a.m. to lunch

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