“This agreement recognizes the significant contributions our employees make to providing exceptional customer service, reducing costs, improving the reliability of Ontario`s electricity system and increasing shareholder value,” said Paul Dobson, Executive Chairman of Hydro One. “Hydro One is committed to building relationships with union leaders and I want to thank our respective bargaining teams for the work and collaboration they have done over the past few months.” About the Society of United Professionals: The Society of United Professionals was founded more than 70 years ago by engineers who wanted better working conditions. Today, the company represents 8,000 professionals across Ontario in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Members of the society include engineers, lawyers and supervisors among many other professions. Learn more about www.thesociety.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Arbitrator Davie granted energy professionals Corporation`s claim against Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to enforce an agreement reached by the parties outside the collective bargaining process until the parties explicitly renegotiate the agreement. The adjudicator rejected OPG`s assertion that “management rights” could be invoked on a whim to refuse an agreement voluntarily entered into by both parties and respected for many years. “The Society of United Professionals is proud to work with employers to negotiate collective agreements that are fair to all,” said Scott Travers, president of the company. “I am very pleased that our members voted in favour of this agreement.” TORONTO, April 30, 2019 / CNW / – Hydro One Inc. And the Society of United Professionals (“the Company”) is pleased to announce that union members have voted in favor of a two-year collective agreement. “This agreement recognizes the significant contributions our employees make to providing exceptional customer service, reducing costs, improving the reliability of Ontario`s electricity system and increasing shareholder value,” said Paul Dobson, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One. The facts were simple.
A few years ago, due to OPG`s desire to improve their relationship with the company, the parties agreed that the project managers (PSMs) would devote 40 hours of rest per week (compared to 35) to OPG Eastern`s operations. The agreement began with the words “without prejudice or precedent” and was signed by OPG`s Vice President of Hydro Plants. As regards the continued applicability of the agreement, Arbitrator Davie first indicated that the agreement had no expiry date or language limited in time and that, second, the agreement was not limited to the Member States employed at the time of the agreement. The arbitrator also accepted that the words “without prejudice or precedent” restrict the geographic scope of the agreement, not its current application. The Administrative Counsel argued that the agreement was limited to OPG`s particular circumstances at the time of the contract and that it applied in any event only to LDCs operating at the time of the agreement. OpG argued that the “unprejudiced or precedent-free” terms argue in favour of the limited scope of the agreement. The case is remarkable because the administration has been directly accused of proving that such agreements are not prospectively applicable. The company argued that the terms were used “without prejudice or precedent” to limit the application of the agreement to OPG`s eastern operations and prevent the agreement from creating a provincial standard. . . .