Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

June 29, 2009 14:20 ET

OPSEU: Workers Seek Parity

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 29, 2009) - The workers of American Water Services Canada Corporation, a subsidiary of American Water Services, based in New Jersey, members of Local 120 of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union, have voted unanimously in favour of strike action.

Doug Newstead, bargaining team chair says "We just want to achieve wages, and working conditions, to bring us from the bottom of the pack to the middle of the pack, in comparison to other private contractors in the water industry in Southern Ontario."

Carol Warner, OPSEU Negotiator says that this strike mandate will send a clear message to the employer that these employees are serious about their bargaining issues. "We are aware that bargaining in this economic climate can be a challenge, but we are committed to getting the best collective agreement we can for our members," Warner says. The union applied for conciliation on May 26th, and a date is currently being scheduled for meetings with the conciliator.

The workers of American Water Services Canada Corporation include Maintenance Operators and Skilled Trades employees at the Water Plant located in Grand Bend, Ontario, which supplies water the City of London and communities north of London to Lake Huron.

Contact Information

    Doug Newstead
    OPSEU Local 120 Bargaining Team Chair
    Carol Warner
    OPSEU Negotiator