Your service in a strike

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is engaged in a labour action against Manitoba Hydro which currently includes a series of rotating strikes in various locations.

Manitoba Hydro remains committed to finding a solution that represents a fair deal for our employees, while recognizing the impacts of COVID-19 and our responsibility to keep rates low for our customers.

We appreciate your patience.

Current strike actions

April 18, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2034 (IBEW) have advised that IBEW-represented staff at the Keeyask Project site in northern Manitoba will commence strike action on Monday, April 19 at 7:00 a.m. and lasting until Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 a.m.

This action is not expected to affect electricity service for our customers.

April 16, 2021 at 7:00 a.m.

IBEW-represented staff at the Selkirk Generating Station and Selkirk Chemical Lab began strike action April 16 at 7:00 a.m. lasting until April 19 at 7:00 a.m.

This action is not expected to significantly affect electricity service for our customers.

April 15, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

IBEW-represented staff in the following geographical areas will commence strike action from April 16 at 8:00 a.m. until April 20 at 8:00 a.m.: Morden, Portage, Killarney, Brandon, Ashern, Arborg, Thompson, The Pas, Virden, Russell, Neepawa, Swan River, Dauphin, Steinbach, Selkirk, Lac du Bonnet; and Winnipeg areas of Fort Garry, City Centre, and St Boniface.

Customers in these areas may experience longer response times to normal outage calls during the outlined time period. Immediate public safety calls will receive first priority.

April 9, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

IBEW-represented members will withdraw all standby and overtime services from April 9 at 4:30 p.m. until May 7 at 7:00 a.m.

Exceptions include staff working in isolated communities. As a result, customers may experience delays in power outage restorations after normal working hours. Customers may also experience delays for services such as electrical inspections, line locates and service connections.

Immediate public safety calls will receive first priority.

We want you to know that Manitoba Hydro has developed and implemented contingency plans to ensure that emergency and essential services, as well as public safety, are maintained. The safety of the public and our employees is always our top priority.

During the strike, electric service requests may be subject to delays or temporary suspension.

Natural gas services will remain unaffected.

Emergency and public safety work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • no power calls;
  • part power calls;
  • police call or 911 calls;
  • pole fires;
  • broken pole;
  • wire down/wire low – safety concern;
  • emergency line locates;
  • emergency safety watching;
  • streetlight repairs – emergency only;
  • essential calls (hospitals, institutions, schools or nursing homes) where there is a threat to public safety.

Suspended or potentially delayed work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • streetlight – non-emergency;
  • service extensions;
  • tree on-line investigations;
  • collections (disconnections or reconnections);
  • indoor meter readings;
  • meter exchanges;
  • electrical inspections;
  • structure moves.