Tim Reesor is the Computer Systems Specialist for the Power Workers' Union, located in Toronto, Ontario.
The Power Workers' Union is the union of choice for the vast majority of workers in Ontario's Power Production.
Membership of the PWU averages 18,000 in 2013. Our members work throughout Ontario and make up a large majority of the employees at Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, TransAlta in Ottawa, Northwind Power, Mississagi Power, Hydro One and affiliate companies, the Electrical Safety Authority as well as the Independent Market Operator. The union also represents workers at local distribution companies throughout the province, as well as local cable and telephone companies, the County of Brant, Kinectrics, New Horizon System Solutions, Inergi, operators at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. as well as casual employees through PWU hiring hall agreements.
The Power Workers now have over 52 Collective Agreements where less than ten short years ago we had only one. The union is led by a President and 3 Vice Presidents who are elected for four-year terms. These officers support and direct an extensive network of stewards throughout the province. In fact, the PWU has one of the highest proportion of stewards to members of any union in Canada - nearly one member in nine is a front-line representative, which accounts for the exceptional degree of solidarity displayed by PWU membership in recent years. The PWU owns its own headquarters in Toronto and maintains a professional support staff of 37.