NS Power and union reach agreement

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NS Power and union reach agreement

August 29, 2014

 This is a joint press release from Nova Scotia Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1928.

HALIFAX, NS - Nova Scotia Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW - Local 1928) have reached an agreement that will provide further job stability for employees and long-term, sustainable cost savings for customers.

In July, the union and its executive board agreed to present a tentative agreement to its membership. Members were then provided the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement, which concluded today with a majority vote in favour of accepting the agreement.

“This is certainly a positive result for our company and most importantly for our employees,” says Bob Hanf, Nova Scotia Power President and CEO. “The ratified agreement will result in long term cost savings, while also providing further security for our employees in the years to come.”

“After a great deal of work and negotiation, we are pleased to be able to reach an agreement with the company,” says IBEW Business Manager Jeff Richardson. “Our members have voted in favour of the agreement and we fully support them in their decision.”

About Nova Scotia Power 

Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides more than 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 482,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has approximately 1,750 full-time, part-time, and term employees and $3.5 billion in assets. Learn more at www.nspower.ca 

About the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has been a part of the Canadian labour movement for over 100 years. The IBEW organizes and represents workers in industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, voice data video, utilities, construction, maintenance, motor shops, sign shops, CATV, radio and television, sound and alarm systems, railroads, shipyards, pulp and paper mills, mining, tree trimming, health care, clerical, and government employees. There are about 60,000 IBEW members in Canada. Learn more at www.ibew1928.org