By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Dec. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) was shocked to receive a December 21st letter from Candu Energy Inc., notifying the union that it was no longer allowed to communicate with its members via the company email system. Mark Chudak (President of SPEA) stated that this heavy-handed action by SNC Lavalin is like delivering a lump coal to employees right before the holidays. SPEA has communicated freely with members of Candu Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC–Lavalin, since the introduction of electronic communications like email.
“SNC-Lavalin is taking unprecedented action in the midst of labour negotiations,” remarked Michelle Duncan, Staff Representative for SPEA. They claimed they wanted amicable negotiation, but it turned out that this was more of a fake face than their true intentions. The company did not limit SPEA’s communication with its members even during the 2012 strikes. “
SPEA is currently in negotiations to SNC-Lavalin/Candu Energy. The contracts are set to expire on December 31st. The company is pursuing a nuclear revival, which will be powered by clean energy from nuclear power. SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract to continue refurbishing nuclear reactors at Bruce Power and extend their operating life.
The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates, an independent union, represents engineers, scientists and technical staff who work for Candu Energy Inc. – The Nuclear division of SNC-Lavalin, formerly Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Candu division), in Mississauga (excluding AECL Chalk River Laboratories). Formed in 1974, SPEA is one of the oldest professional unions in Canada.
For more information contact:
Michelle Duncan, Staff Representative