Striking Reliance Workers
As we previously predicted in this article Reliance Home Comfort has gone on strike. The union representing some 300 workers is seeking a fair agreement. Talks are scheduled to get started again but the company seems persistent in clawing back pensions, benefits, and overtime which is prolonging the work stoppage for striking Reliance workers.
CEP Local 1999 represents 295 clerical and operational employees of Reliance Home Comfort. This strike affects skilled workers who install HVAC equipment including Furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, and tankless water heaters. throughout Ontario. The offices are located in several cities around Ontario including, Windsor, Sarnia, London, Brantford, Cambridge, Burlington, Kingston, and Thunder Bay.
The striking Reliance workers want to get back to serving the customers that make Reliance Home Comfort a successful enterprise but the current strike and lack of bargaining is adding to the difficulties. Reliance posted 60 million in profits last year, its important that they fairly remunerate the very people that helped attain such success.
UPDATE – Striking Reliance has New Agreement
TORONTO, May 16, 2012 – Reliance Home Comfort is pleased to announce its new collective agreement has been ratified by (CEP) Local 1999. Roughly 300 technicians, installers, and clerical employees working for the company in Ontario will be back to work!
“Our new collective agreement is good for our customers and our employees,” says Paul Slinger, Vice-President, Operations for Reliance Home Comfort.
Reliance employs nearly 2,000 professionals, in addition to a large network of authorized contractors and business partners, who can confidently recommend, install, and maintain all our customers’ heating, cooling and HVAC essentials.