WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2012) - A strike of Technicians and Technologists at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Whiteshell Laboratories set to commence today has been narrowly averted. Last minute talks between the union and Company last week successfully resolved the matters in dispute.
"Particularly in this environment, where the ownership of the facility is imminently expected to change hands, this was critically important. Having remained non-unionized for decades, Technicians and Technologists join their AECL colleagues with a solid Collective Agreement. I'm proud that our union could assist at their time of greatest need," said Gary Corbett, President, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.
Syd Jones, President of Whiteshell Technical Employee's Group, said, "for the first time in history, AECL Whiteshell Laboratories Technicians and Technologists are subject to negotiated employment terms and conditions. While further work needs to be done in areas of salary and job security, a signed Collective Agreement will positively serve all parties into the future."
AECL Technicians and Technologists at the Whiteshell Laboratories monitor and maintain safe operation of all nuclear facilities, monitor emissions of potentially radioactive substances to the environment and ensure the protection of the public and the environment.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada including 800 professional engineers, scientists, technicians and technologists at AECL's Whiteshell and Chalk River Laboratories.