FortisBC and IBEW 213 ratify a four-year agreement

SURREY, BC, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - FortisBC has reached a labour agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the union representing the company's 550 natural gas field employees.

The new collective agreement extends to March 31, 2015.

FortisBC is pleased to have reached this agreement to ensure certainty and stability for its employees and natural gas customers.

The IBEW 213 represents FortisBC employees working primarily in gas distribution and transmission including functions such as installations, emergency response and the repair and maintenance of the gas pipeline system.

FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at or


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Joyce Wagenaar
Director, Communications
Phone: 604-785-8946

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