The Society of United Professionals is proud to welcome 34 Technical Standards and Safety Authority engineers to its membership. The Ontario Labour Relations Board reported on March 26 that an overwhelming 88% of TSSA engineers voted in favour of unionization.
TSSA Local members selected Kourosh Manouchehri as their Local Vice President, who will lead efforts to negotiate a first collective agreement.
This new unit of engineers decided to organize on the heels of seeing 180 of their Inspector colleagues organize with OPSEU.
TSSA is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Technical Standards and Safety Act and its regulations on behalf of the Government of Ontario. Since 1997, TSSA has worked to enhance the safety of Ontarians in several areas, including: boilers and pressure vessels, operating engineers, elevating and amusement devices, upholstered and stuffed articles, and fuels. Administration of the safety standards in these areas includes engineering design reviews, inspections, investigations, licensing and registration, training and certification, and public education.
With headquarters in Toronto, TSSA employs approximately 400 staff, 70 percent of whom work in operations. Governed by a 13-member board of directors, TSSA is accountable to the Ontario government, the residents of Ontario, and its stakeholders.