April 20, 2023
Brantford and Cambridge, ON, (April 20, 2023) – GrandBridge Energy announced today that members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 636, representing 69 GrandBridge Energy employees, voted on April 19, 2023, to reject an Offer of Settlement for a new collective agreement.
As a result of the vote, the IBEW Local 636 members will be in a legal position to strike starting at
12:01 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023, and have indicated that they will be withdrawing their services at that time. The IBEW represents GrandBridge Energy employees in Operations, Metering, Field Services and the System Control Room.
GrandBridge Energy is committed to the negotiation process. The GrandBridge Energy team remains focused on delivering safe and reliable electricity to the communities we serve. During the labour disruption, our priority will be addressing emergencies and restoring power during unplanned outages.
“GrandBridge Energy is eager to continue to work together with members of the IBEW bargaining unit to reach a resolution that is acceptable to the membership and the company,” said Ian Miles, President and CEO, GrandBridge Energy. “GrandBridge Energy’s top priority is the safety of our employees and the public.”
The GrandBridge Energy and IBEW negotiations began in late 2022. The collective agreement for members of IBEW Local 636 expired on March 31, 2023. On Thursday, April 13, 2023, both parties reached an Offer of Settlement. The offer was presented by the IBEW to its membership on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, followed by a ratification vote. IBEW members voted to reject the offer. Updates will be provided as the negotiations progress.