Government and OPPA reach tentative agreement

Archived Release

Government and OPPA reach tentative agreement

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Agreement serves interests of public safety and fiscal responsibility
TORONTO, Dec. 24 /CNW/ -
NEWS
The Ontario Government reached a tentative collective agreement with the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), Minister of Government Services Ted McMeekin announced today.
Both the Government and the Association must ratify the tentative agreement before details of it can be released.
QUOTES
"We respect and value the important contributions of our provincial police service," said Minister of Government Services Ted McMeekin. "This agreement balances the interests of the OPPA with the need to provide sustainable and affordable public services."
"While respectful of the current economic climate, we believe this tentative agreement demonstrates our commitment to the men and women who help to ensure we remain safe and secure in our communities," said Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci.
"The OPPA is appreciative of the process and effort during this round of negotiations and is pleased a tentative agreement was reached through collective bargaining," said Karl Walsh, President of the Ontario Provincial Police Association.
QUICK FACTS
The Ministry of Government Services is responsible for negotiating collective agreements with Ontario government employees, including members of the OPPA.
The OPPA represents approximately 5,600 uniformed officers and 2,600 civilian employees of the Ontario Provincial Police service.
The current agreement with the OPPA was signed in 2006 and is due to expire on December 31, 2008. Negotiations began on November 25, 2008.
LEARN MORE
Visit the Ministry of Government Services website to learn more about the role it plays in the delivery of government services.
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For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072; Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659