Ford prepares legislative session to impose contract on OPG workers



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Chris Herhalt, CP24.com

Published Friday, December 14, 2018 11:58 AM EST

Last Updated Friday, December 14, 2018 12:19 PM EST

The Ford administration is preparing to recall the legislature over Christmas to prevent a union strike by the Ontario Power Generation, which controls about half of the province's generation capacity, CTV News Toronto reported.

Members of the Energy Workers Union (PWU) have been working without a contract since March 31 and have recently rejected what the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) considered as the final offer.

On Thursday night, Energy Minister Greg Rickford and Labor Minister Laurie Scott issued a joint statement indicating their readiness to take action to prevent a strike.

"OPG produces approximately 50 percent of Ontario's electricity, which families, businesses and industries rely on every day. Any prolonged disruption caused by labor action would jeopardize the supply of electricity to Ontario's industry and businesses, which could have a devastating impact and a cascade effect on our province's economy. "

The legislature rose on December 6 and was not scheduled to resume activity until February.

The union said on Thursday it would hold a meeting on Friday to prepare for the "safe closure" of generation facilities in the event of a strike.

"The main bargaining committee will meet on December 14ยบ to initiate a notice to begin a 21-day "secure shutdown" period in preparation for the shutdown of power generation. PWU members will continue to fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with all safety guidelines in preparation for action at work. "

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