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LOCAL 2034
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Mar 07, 2021
Dear Member; This is to inform you that we have, at this hour, served Manitoba Hydro with the following notice: “This shall serve as the official required 48-hour notification of IBEW 2034’s intent to engage its members employed at Manitoba Hydro in strike action. In keeping with previous practice, IBEW is willing to provide a minimum of two hours’ notice for site specific strike action, and to perform any duties necessary for safe operations during said two-hour period.” This notice to the Corporation does not take our members out. It does, however, indicate to the Corporation that we have now fulfilled the legal requirements needed to call a strike. Further, it warns Manitoba Hydro that, should strike action become necessary, it will only receive two-hours’ notice before labour action begins. Hydro is now aware that it will have just a very short window in which to prepare for the impact that any strike action might generate. Should there be further developments, you will be advised as soon as they occur. In solidarity,
Mar 05, 2021
Dear Member; This is to update you on the progress of negotiations with Manitoba Hydro that took place on March 3rd and 4th, 2021. Your Bargaining Committee returned to the table with the hopes that the Corporation would be open to various suggestions. Unfortunately, very little progress was made. One consideration that we were seeking dealt with the recovery of COVID-19 days. We felt we were making progress in this area until the Corporation insisted that it would accept our proposal, only if we agreed to reducing the request in one of our different proposals.
Mar 02, 2021

2 March, 2021


Dear Sisters and Brothers;

This is to advise you that the IBEW 2034 Strike Mandate vote closed at 10:00 a.m. this morning.  Voter participation was extremely high and the Union has received an affirmative “Strike Mandate” from the membership. 

IBEW 2034 will proceed accordingly and use this vote of support to encourage Manitoba Hydro to start meaningful bargaining for our new Collective Agreement.  Members need to be assured that the Union will exhaust every possible means of attaining a fair agreement and will do its utmost to avoid invoking a strike. 

Thank you all for giving us your strong support in seeking a better contract.

In solidarity,


Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 2034


Mar 01, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers; This will serve as a reminder of the individual scholarships sponsored by Local 2034 and available to our members. These should not be confused with the scholarships available through the 1st District of the IBEW. Members have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from two sources - the First District Office and the IBEW Local 2034. Please see the information below and consider applying. In solidarity,
Mar 01, 2021
2021 IBEW First District Cash Draw It’s back and better than ever! The IBEW First District International Representatives are holding our annual draw but we decided to change things up this year, making the top prize $20,000.00 cash and two (2) cash prizes of $5,000.00. This was based on feedback we have received from members on changing up the Grand Prize.
Feb 25, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers; The official BALLOT for the IBEW 2034 “Strike Mandate” vote will be sent out to members this afternoon. Please note this is the OFFICIAL Ballot and the one that has to be used to register your Vote. Although many of you have replied to our earlier mail-outs expressing your opinion on the question of granting the union a “strike mandate”, those earlier responses cannot be used for the purpose of this vote. Please make sure that you use the Official Ballot to have your vote counted. Please Vote when you receive your ballot. Votes cannot be accepted after 10 a.m. on March 2nd, 2021.
Feb 24, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers, As per our communication of February 22, 2021, you are aware that IBEW 2034 is asking its members for a Strike Mandate. Despite the Negotiation Teams best efforts over the past two years, it has been unable to achieve many of the gains requested by our membership. Since the start of negotiations, we have considered the mandate proposed by the government, and have crafted many proposals that do not violate the mandate, while offering improvements to our membership. No group at Hydro has made the sacrifices that IBEW members have been required to make. No group has been more committed to the safe and reliable delivery of our essential service.
Feb 22, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers; As reported to you at the end of January, IBEW 2034 and Manitoba Hydro agreed to utilize a mediator for negotiations on Feb 9th, 10th, and 12th. It further agreed to continue mediation on March 3rd and 4th if negotiations had not been concluded by that time. Despite the best efforts of mediator Dennis Harrison, and the willingness of IBEW 2034 to reach compromises in bargaining positions that could benefit the members’ interests, while at the same time serve the employer well, I unfortunately must report that we have not made any significant progress to date.
Jan 29, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers; IBEW 2034 and Manitoba Hydro have been engaged in what can only be described as slow and arduous negotiations. The parties have recently agreed to utilize a conciliator for negotiations going forward on the following dates: Feb 9. 10, 12 & March 3-4 (or 9-10 if necessary). Dennis Harrison will be acting as conciliator and has served as both a mediator and a conciliator during his career. He was brought in as a conciliator when talks broke between UMFA and the U of M in the fall of 2016 and helped the parties reach an agreement. He was also brought in to help MGEU and MPI reach an agreement in 2012. We are hopeful that Dennis’s strong knowledge of Manitoba Hydro and his history of bringing parties together will help us reach a satisfactory agreement.
Jan 26, 2021
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Dec 29, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; Lately we’ve heard from members who have expressed concern over some recent appointments that have been made by the Corporation. Individuals have indicated outrage over Regular Status employees being placed in vacant positions, without posting the required Employment Circular and entertaining bids from eligible members. (Article E1.1 of the Collective Agreement.) Circumventing the Agreement is a direct attack on members’ seniority rights. And as you know, the IBEW holds “seniority” as one of its most fundamental principles. Manitoba Hydro is proposing that a number of vacant Staff Status positions be filled directly from the pool of Regular Status employees. If this is unchallenged, it opens the door to denying currently eligible Staff Status members the ability to bid on desirable positions, thereby shutting them out of earned opportunities. The Corporation’s motivation for this approach is the reduction of relocation costs and the avoidance of a domino effect that an open bidding process might unleash.
Dec 23, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; As we approach the holiday season and the impending New Year, it would be easy to focus our thoughts on the hard year that has plagued us all in 2020. There is no doubt that our members have suffered as a result of the COVID pandemic. Many sacrifices have had to been made and, for the most part, those costs have been accepted by you, our brothers and sisters. Your professionalism in the face of all the hardships you’ve had to endure this year is noteworthy and should be a point of pride for all of you.
Dec 06, 2020
We are pleased to announce the winners of the second $5,000 draw and the final Grand Prize draw; both tickets were drawn live on the IBEW Canada Facebook page at the IBEW, First District Office on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in Mississauga, ON. The winners are as follows:
Dec 04, 2020
As you are no doubt aware, the current round of negotiations with Manitoba Hydro have proven to be some of the most difficult in our history. The last 2 years have been nearly impossible with the Bill-28 mandate. Our Partnership to defend Public Services (PDPS) lawsuit was victorious, but the gov’t still insists on interfering with our bargaining and have newly modified its position. The recent change in government mandate essentially means taking a step back in our current bargaining process and prioritizing how to proceed with this new mandate. Effectively, negotiations have been reset and will now start over!
Dec 03, 2020
We will be resuming our Unit meetings this month utilizing Teams/Zoom/Skype compliant with provincial regulations allowing us to review minutes from October/November. The Unit Chairs/Recorders will send out invitations, so if you would like to attend and have not received one, please contact them so that you can be placed on their invitation list. Each unit meeting will be conducting a Christmas draw for 3-$20 gift cards per unit.
Nov 11, 2020
As you enjoy the break afforded to you by Remembrance Day, take a moment to appreciate all those who have done so much for all of us.
Oct 28, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; We’ve now had a few days to digest and consider the implications that the changed government mandate has on our contract negotiations. At the same time, we’ve heard the concerns and frustrations that many of you have been experiencing throughout the negotiations process. What is now clear to the IBEW is that the government is seeking to reset the clock on negotiations by issuing a completely different mandate. What is equally obvious is that the union has to return to square one of the bargaining process and decide how it will proceed with this new mandate.
Oct 22, 2020
22 October, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers; Attached you will find a letter from the ministers of Finance and Crown Services addressed to Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Hydro Electric Board.
Download:
IBEW_Letter.pdf

Oct 07, 2020
Over the course of the past year, Local 2034 has taken its Shop Steward training programme and developed independent study modules that will allow members to be trained as stewards in the comfort of their own home locations and at any time convenient to themselves. This newly formatted training takes the form of topic specific modules that consist of a video presentation, short readings in the form of handouts, and module quizzes.
Oct 06, 2020
A notice was recently sent out to the Unit Chairs that we would be postponing our October Unit meetings until further notice as a precaution to help stop the spread of COVID-19. When we resume our Unit meetings we will go over previous and current Unit Meeting Minutes at that time.
Jun 12, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; 12 June, 2020 – Workforce Adjustment Update As you have probably heard, CUPE has just agreed to accepting all of its membership taking three unpaid days off to provide Hydro with monetary savings it has identified as needing to come from CUPE labour costs. By doing so, CUPE has avoided having 28 of its members laid off for a period of 4 months. CUPE only agreed to this after lengthy discussions and negotiation with the Corporation.
Jun 12, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; Below please find an exciting press release from the Manitoba Federation of Labour. The IBEW is proud to have played an influential role in pursuing this important labour cause. In solidarity,
Jun 05, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; For your information, the following communication has been shared with the media this afternoon. In solidarity, Manitoba Hydro has announced plans to temporarily lay off 200 front line workers for a period of 4 months to take effect in early to mid-September, and lasting until early to mid-December 2020. Approximately 36 other employees have avoided similar layoffs by accepting a salary reduction through a variety of unpaid days off instead.
Jun 05, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; By now, members who have been identified by Hydro for potential layoff have probably been notified by the Corporation. As a result, we have spent the day contacting all affected members, and for the most part we've been successful in speaking with affected individuals. If for some reason we have been unable to reach you, please contact the office so that we may share with you what is happening at this time. In solidarity,
Jun 02, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; Earlier today, IBEW 2034 met with representatives of CUPE 998 and Unifor 681 in order to brainstorm on possible ways of eliminating, or at the very least, reducing the need for Hydro to requires either layoffs or days without pay in order to meet its cost reduction targets. After productive discussions, all three bargaining units remain united in their goal to eliminate layoffs and to reduce, as much as possible, any negative impacts that might befall members as a result of Hydro's cost reduction mandate. To that end we've sent a letter to the Vice-President of Human Resources requesting a joint meeting tomorrow and we've outlined topics for discussion at that meeting. The text of that letter is included below. Please be assured that we'll keep you apprised of further developments as they happen.
May 29, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; This morning at 9:00 a.m. IBEW 2034 took part in a virtual meeting with Manitoba Hydro’s Vice-President of Human Resources, the Director of Employee Relations, ER Staff, and representatives of the other bargaining units at Hydro. As you know, we have been meeting with the Corporation and lobbying it to consider alternatives to proposed layoffs for several weeks. Today’s meeting was to be the first time that the Corporation was going to share with us any progress it had made towards avoiding temporary workforce adjustments. We have been persistently urging Hydro to consider various cost saving measures which have included heightened vacancy management and the elimination of contracting out our work, which so many of you have been concerned with.
May 22, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; Last week the IBEW issued a communication to our membership in response to the Corporation exhibiting behaviours that could be perceived by our members as intimidating. The President, by stating her preference for an across the board pay cut to all employees, created stress, anxiety, and confusion among our members. Her comments intimidated several employees who now feel they are being pressured into accepting her preferred option. Because of this, we have directed our counsel to investigate the propriety and legality of President Grewal’s actions.
May 15, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers, On May 14 @ 8:00 AM President Jay Grewal sent a message to all employees at MH in which she confirmed that she remained “open to exploring all options for achieving the $11 million workforce expense reduction” and that Hydro was “engaged in ongoing dialogue with all of the unions and associations to this end.”
May 13, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; As you have seen recently, the Pallister government is set on compromising the safety and well-being of Manitobans by needlessly laying off public sector workers, including 600-700 employees at Manitoba Hydro. The effects of these cuts will be far reaching and long lasting. Premier Pallister and his colleagues have so far resisted virtually unanimous opposition to his plan by the most credible of experts. Holding the majority of seats in the Assembly seems to have deluded him into believing that he's invincible and has no need of expert advice. The time has come to let him hear from everyday Manitobans who will cast judgement on his government the next time they hit the ballot box. I’m writing to urge you to make your voice known – not just to the Premier, but to everyone of his cabinet colleagues. I’m asking that you take the time to write a short email to your MLA and to members of the opposition, condemning the government’s short-sighted plan to lay off Hydro employees. For your convenience I’ve included a listing of all MLAs and their email addresses at the end of this letter.
May 12, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; CNC is organizing a physically distant protest on wheels for the public to demonstrate that they support investment in communities, not cuts. This is a follow up action to the first Honakathon, which was held on May 1st. Honkathon 2 is scheduled "while the house is in session." Our compassionate racket of horns, bike bells, and cries for a more just provincial response to the Covid crisis will be "heard from inside the Legislative Chamber." The details of this event are as follows: WHAT: Physically distant honkathon and sign blitz, protesting MB cuts, and working towards a #justfuturemb. WHEN: Wednesday, May 13th, 12:00 noon-1:15pm, "While the House is in Session". WHERE: Manitoba Legislative Building If you are at all able to be present and take part in voicing our legitimate concerns with the government's announced layoffs, please attend. We need to make our voices heard! For more information about this event, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1362212317305202/ . In solidarity, Michael Espenell Business Manager IBEW Local Union 2034
May 11, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers: The IBEW has been flooded with the many concerns currently overwhelming our members. While it’s difficult to reply to all your emails and calls in a timely fashion, we will do our best to respond to you as quickly as we can. At this time, I feel it’s important to share the attached joint communication from all the Bargaining units, sent to Manitoba Hydro on April 20th, 2020. As you’ll see, the bargaining groups have been collaborating together, and have shown a great willingness and desire to discuss possible alternatives to Layoffs/Reductions.
May 11, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers: Please see attached joint communication sent out by all the Manitoba Hydro Bargaining units PALLISTER PUSHES RECKLESS PLAN TO LAY OFF 700 AT MANITOBA HYDRO
May 11, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; Earlier this morning in a meeting with Jay Grewal and all Bargaining Unit representatives, we were advised that Manitoba Hydro will be proceeding with approximately 600-700 lay-offs. These lay-offs are the result of government direction. Manitoba Hydro and the Corporation’s executive had reassured us on multiple occasions that there is and was no plan for layoffs. Despite this, Brian Pallister has recently placed unreasonable expectations on the Corporation, stating that it must come up with $86.2 Million in cost saving measures before the end of August 2020.
May 10, 2020
Hello Sisters and Brothers; Recent events have made motherhood even more challenging than it already is. Whether it’s having to “home-school” and take on substantial teaching duties; balance work and care-giving responsibilities; or take the many extra precautions necessary to ensure loved ones are safe; mothers persevere while spreading joy and love in our lives without receiving the regular accolades they truly deserve. Please take the time to wish all your mothers and grandmothers a happy Mother’s Day and be sure to thank them for everything they do! Happy Mother’s Day everyone! In solidarity, Business Manager IBEW Local Union 2034
May 09, 2020
9 May, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers; I'm including below a copy of Dan Lett's opinion piece published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 5th. The subject affects us all and should remind us to be wary of what ploys the government might try on us. In solidarity, Business Manager IBEW Local Union 2034
Apr 28, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; As in previous years, today (April 28th) marks our National Day of Mourning. As you probably know, this day was chosen to remember and honour all persons who were killed or injured in the workplace. In short, today serves as a reminder of everyone's right to a safe and healthy workplace. Now is the time for us to renew our commitment to improving health and safety at work. In these trying days, this includes adhering to "social distancing" guidelines, and all other COVID-19 protocols. Let today's Day of Mourning not only help us remember and honour those who have become ill, been hurt, or been killed at work. Let it also remind us of our obligation to further the wellbeing and protection of everyone in the workplace, and in so doing, avoid needless illness and loss of life. In solidarity, Business Manager IBEW Local Union 2034
Apr 15, 2020
Greetings Brothers and Sisters; I’m writing to you in the hopes of relieving some of the fears that have no doubt come to the surface lately as a result of President Grewal’s message to staff on Tuesday of this week. When listening to Premier Pallister talk of his hopes to improve the province’s financial position on the backs of those employed by the public service and Manitoba’s crown corporations, it’s only natural to fear for the worst.
Apr 10, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; On behalf of the staff and executive at IBEW 2034, I would like to wish you and your loved ones all a Happy Easter weekend
Apr 03, 2020
April 3, 2020 IBEW 2034 - COVID-19 Update April 3/2020    Dear Sisters and Brothers; I hope you and your loved ones are all doing well. I want to thank each and every one of our members for their dedicated service through this difficult and unprecedented period of time. The health and safety of you, your family, and your communities are the most important thing and I urge everyone to take all necessary precautions and safeguards.
Mar 26, 2020
IBEW 2034  - COVID-19 Update March 26/2020    Dear Sisters and Brothers; I want to take a few minutes of your time and give you an update. Most importantly, I hope you and your loved ones are all doing well.    We’re enduring so many changes that it’s completely expected to be left with questions and concerns about a lot of things.
Mar 19, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; This will serve as a reminder of the individual scholarships sponsored by Local 2034 and available to our members. These should not be confused with the scholarships available through the 1st District of the IBEW. Members have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from two sources - the First District Office and the IBEW Local 2034. Please see the information below and consider applying.
Mar 19, 2020
IBEW 2034 - COVID-19 Update March 19/2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers; IBEW 2034 has been steadily monitoring the evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 and continuous daily communication with Manitoba Hydro, raising several concerns and advocating for solutions to some of the issues immediately in front of us as a result of the current crisis. We are FIRMLY committed to the health and safety of our members, staff and public at large To date, this is what we know or can share:
Mar 17, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; IBEW 2034 has been, and is continuing to monitor the evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our members, staff and public at large.
Feb 14, 2020
IBEW 2034 Bargaining update – Feb 14/2020 Bill 28- the Public Sector Sustainability Act has not yet been proclaimed but is still part of every public sector bargaining mandate. 0%, 0%, .75%, 1%, over 4 years. The Joint Coalition of Unions court action began Monday Nov 18/2019 with opening statements and will see final arguments February 18-20/2020. A decision is expected to be reached in mid March. It will be significant not only for workers in Manitoba, but across the country.
Jan 18, 2020

Jan 18, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers; This will serve as a reminder of the individual scholarships sponsored by Local 2034 and available to our members. These should not be confused with the scholarships available through the 1st District of the IBEW. Members have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from two sources - the First District Office and the IBEW Local 2034. Please see the information below and consider applying. In solidarity,
Oct 24, 2019
It’s been two weeks since Manitoba’s “storm of the century” took the province by surprise, and left residents without power for extended periods of time.  It’s estimated that this storm impacted over 200,000 Manitobans, showering them with the heavy snowfall that downed hydro towers, poles and lines across southern Manitoba.
Oct 15, 2019
15 October, 2019 Dear Sisters and Brothers; Manitoba’s recent snowstorm has taken a huge toll on the province. During this time, IBEW 2034 members have risen to the challenge and once again put themselves out there for Manitobans.
Nov 28, 2018
June 6, 2018 IBEW Partnering with other Unions to Defend Public Services Partnership makes its case for injunction against legislated wage freezes “Over the past 2 days, our partnership made some very compelling arguments that the act is already infringing the Charter rights of public sector workers. We have done everything possible to put our best foot forward.
Nov 28, 2018

Nov 28, 2018
March 29, 2018 Manitoba Hydro should remain a public utility By Wab Kinew, published in the Winnipeg Free Press March 29, 2018 Manitoba Hydro is at a crossroads. People in our province expect Manitoba Hydro to be reliable. When our families flip a switch, we expect the lights to come on, and when our families open our bills, we expect them to be affordable.
Nov 28, 2018

Nov 28, 2018
March 22, 2018 Hydro mess could spark disaster for premier Disarray doesn’t seem a strong enough word to capture the magnitude of the mess that enveloped Premier Brian Pallister and his government Wednesday morning.
Nov 28, 2018
March 20, 2018 Union for Safeway workers in Manitoba reach tentative deal with company WINNIPEG – The union representing about 2,200 employees at Safeway stores in Manitoba says a deal has been struck in contract negotiations, just hours before it had said they would be in a legal strike position.
Nov 28, 2018
March 20, 2018 CUPE members in Manitoba celebrate major victory against P3s The Manitoba Government has cancelled all plans to involve public-private partnerships (P3s) in the education system, and instead is committing to build five new publicly-funded schools in Winnipeg and Brandon.
Nov 28, 2018
Electrical Workers Without Borders North America Dear Brothers and Sisters: The delegates to the 39th IBEW International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri unanimously passed Resolution No. 8 supporting establishing Electrical Workers without Borders North America.
Nov 28, 2018
Building Corporation Meeting Notice In 2016 the IBEW 2034 Executive asked the Local Union Office to look at purchasing a new building. Shortly thereafter Manitoba Hydro announced that they were looking at reducing 900 jobs. In light of this, all plans to purchase a property at the time were placed on hold.
Nov 28, 2018
IBEW 2034 SCHOLARSHIPS   IBEW LOCAL 2034 Scholarships – 2018 The IBEW Local 2034 recognizes that post-secondary education and training provides positive career opportunities for recipients.  To assist in bringing such opportunities to its members and their families, the membership has approved twenty (20) scholarships of $1,000.
Nov 28, 2018
Hydro union leader targets safety and contracting out as rate hearings wind down IBEW head says Hydro’s staff reductions affect safety and service delivery By Sean Kavanagh, CBC News Union representing hundreds of Hydro staff say electricity rate increases should be limited to one year and then reviewed.


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