The Burntwood/Nelson River Agreement

In October 2005, Manitoba Hydro and the Allied Hydro Council, a joint council of unions representing project construction workers, agreed to renew the Burntwood Nelson Agreement (BNA) – a no strike/no lockout bargaining agreement covering any major northern hydroelectric projects commencing in the next 10 years.

The BNA, which is an extension of a collective bargaining agreement first negotiated in the late 1960s, sets out hiring preferences – including priority for northern Indigenous residents – as well as procedures for adjusting wages and certain benefits during the life of the agreement. The agreement also contains provisions relating to the recruitment, referral, placement, training and retention of northern Indigenous people and facilitates the hiring of northern Indigenous people by northern Indigenous businesses.