Business Manager McKay defends members as allegations swirl at BC Hydro
Updated On: Oct 08, 2013
June 20, 2013 – With news reports being published in local and national media that a small number of BC Hydro employees, members of Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, were being suspended with pay this week pending an ongoing internal investigation related to allegations of theft of equipment and Code of Conduct violations, Business Manager Doug McKay said in a news release today, “The union does not condone any illegal activity by our members. Nor do we condone a witch hunt. From what I’ve seen so far our members are just doing their jobs. It’s not a lineman’s job to knock on doors and inquire whether a grow-op is inside. That’s the job of the police. The sooner this thing gets sorted out the better. Our members don’t deserve to have this cloud of suspicion hanging over them. It’s easy to make allegations. No one reads the retractions later on.”
McKay has communicated to Local 258 Shop Stewards at BC Hydro addressing the shocking allegations made by BC Hydro at "investigation meetings" earlier this week that resulted in the workers being sent home with pay. McKay emphasized that all of the workers who have been suspended are innocent, and at this critical time, deserve the benefit of the doubt. "It's easy to throw suspicion and hard to take it back," he wrote.
The union is considering further action as it awaits the results of BC Hydro's "investigation".
Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers