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Manitoba Hydro tables offer to IBEW to end strike

This article was published in March 2021 and may be outdated.

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Hydro tabled a final offer to the union early this evening, March 17 to resolve a labour dispute with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2034 (IBEW).

“It’s hoped the IBEW leadership takes the offer to its membership for a vote,” said Jay Grewal, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro. “We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved. We find ourselves in a position that no one wants to be in. We believe our offer is fair.”

Grewal said she wants Manitobans to know the utility has robust contingency plans in place to ensure it can continue to provide its essential and emergency service to customers and maintain public safety around its facilities and infrastructure.

In a recent news release, the IBEW falsely claimed that Manitoba Hydro ignored negotiating an Essential Services Agreement with IBEW.

“This is categorically untrue,” Grewal said. “The union would only agree to negotiating an Essential Services Agreement if after 10 days of strike action, the corporation would agree to binding arbitration.”

“We believe in the collective bargaining process and hope our offer to the union resolves this strike as quickly as possible,” she said.

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