These agreements span 50 years and concern the development of Muskrat Falls, the Labrador Island Transmission Link and the Maritime Link. Nalcor has entered into collective agreements for the project with the Resource Development Trades Council of NL (RDTC), IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and the Labourers` International Union of North America and Construction and General Labourers` Union, Rock and Tunnel Workers Local 1208. On July 31, 2012, Emera Inc. and Nalcor Energy entered into and signed 13 formal agreements with the governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador for the development and transmission of hydroelectricity from Muskrat Falls. These agreements reflect the fundamental principles set out in the roadmap announced in November 2010. The three agreements are ratified according to a timetable to be established by Innu Nation, and the Innu Land Claims Agreement is also subject to negotiations with the Canadian government prior to completion and the proposal for ratification. Of the 16 unions that work in Muskrat Falls during maintenance and maintenance mode, 15 have accepted a request from Nalcor Energy, if possible involving local workers. One, the hotel and restaurant workers` union Local 779, refused to discuss the idea and said it would follow its collective agreement. The agreements were signed in Saint John by Chris Huskilson, former President and CEO of Emera Inc., Ed Martin, former President and CEO of Nalcor Energy, Jerome Kennedy, former Minister of Natural Resources, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Charlie Parker, former Nova Scotia Minister of Energy.
The ratification of these agreements has prepared the conditions for legislative and regulatory approvals in both provinces as well as for final approval by the Board of Directors of Emera Inc. The purpose of these agreements was to formalize the transactions previously agreed by the parties and presented in the roadmap. Six of the agreements reflect Emera`s commitment to develop the marine link that physically connects Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia and to grant retransmission rights to Nalcor in Nova Scotia. Four agreements relate to Nalcor`s retransmission rights in the Maritimes and New England, as well as Emera`s investment in the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. Three agreements have also been concluded. He said they share the concerns with non-essential island workers who travel to Labrador, but they do not have the authority to repeal collective agreements. To view Churchill`s Lower Hydro Collective Agreement with the RDTC, click here. The agreements become binding with the ratification by the Innu of Labrador by community referendum, followed by the signing of the agreements by the parties concerned. The process of ratification by the Innu is set out in Chapter 6 of the IBA, which provides for a community referendum following a public consultation. All three agreements are approved by the Innu of Labrador if: a majority of voters in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish participate in the referendum; and at least 60% of the votes cast in each municipality support the implementation of the agreements. If the referendum fails because less than a majority of voters participate in the vote, Nalcor and Innu Nation will meet to define an appropriate approach that could involve holding a second ratification vote.
This process has been approved by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nalcor Energy and Innu Nation. “I`ve contacted the union and they say their collective agreement is overcoming this pandemic, and they`re going to exercise it and, in fact, they`re going to send whoever they want to fill these positions, and there`s nothing I can do about it.” “We totally agree,” the email reads. “We understand that collective agreements must be respected regardless of the COVID-19 crisis. Our members are taking all necessary measures to protect themselves from the virus while travelling and at work. Below are Emera Inc.`s signed formal agreements. . . .