CHALK RIVER, ON, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Close to 900 employees at AECL's
Chalk River facility have joined the United Steelworkers (USW).
Members of the Chalk River Technicians and Technologists union (CRTT)
voted by a margin of 82% to merge their union with the Steelworkers.
The voting process unfolded over a week, with final balloting ending on
"Our members are facing change," said CRTT President Vickie Hulley.
"As a union we recognized the need to expand resources and capacity to
best represent our members. This is an excellent step forward," Hulley
The CRTT, which represents members in three diverse bargaining units at
AECL, chose the USW as its merger partner through a two-year-long
"We initiated a comprehensive search for the right merger partner,"
Hulley said. "The USW was our choice because of its range of services
and its outlook on positive bargaining."
"We are honoured and excited to welcome these hard-working people into
our union," said Marty Warren, the USW's Ontario Director.
"Our first priorities will be pending negotiations and how AECL
employees will be affected by future changes in the operations," Warren
said. "The support shown by CRTT members for joining the USW will help
us face emerging challenges more effectively."
Before choosing the USW as its merger partner, the CRTT explored and
considered numerous other union as well as other options such as
remaining independent or hiring additional expertise on a case-by-case
basis when required.
"The USW had the right mix for our members," Hulley said. "It has the
right balance of autonomy and the support we need. And the USW history
of being prepared for complex situations such as ours is important to
The USW and the CRTT will now arrange successorship proceedings at the
Canada Industrial Relations Board and then begin preparations for
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Vickie Hulley, CRTT President, 613-585-2442
Brad James, USW Organizing Coordinator, 416-524-5118, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com