Friday, 20 July 2012

AECL, union reach agreement, union membership ratification scheduled on July 25

AECL, union reaches agreement, union membership ratification scheduled on July 25: ..."Atomic Energy of Canada Limited has reached a tentative three-year deal with it's nuclear engineers and scientists averting a summer strike at Chalk River Laboratories.
The agreement between the corporation and the union, represented by the Chalk River Professional Employees Group and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, came about after a round of mediated negotiations ended last Friday.
The agreement will go before the union membership for ratification on July 25. Both sides said Thursday they were pleased to have reached a deal staving off a walkout that could have occurred earlier this week.
Since April, AECL has renewed six collective bargaining agreements with employees at Chalk River and the Whiteshell Laboratories located near Pinawa, Manitoba. Pat Quinn, AECL manager of site and communications, said he is pleased there will not be a disruption at the facility.
"It allows AECL to focus on its nuclear science and technology business," said Mr. Quinn.
The deal will implement salary increases of 1.75 per cent for each year retroactive to July 1, 2011. Terms also calls for improvements to overtime provisions and some benefits."

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