Ontario Reaches New Agreement with OPSEU
McGuinty Government Protecting Jobs, Services
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has ratified a new collective agreement that includes a two-year wage freeze.
The agreement was ratified by OPSEU members this week after about 700 hours of bargaining and is consistent with the government's fiscal plan to balance the budget by 2017-18 while protecting front-line public services such as health care and education.
The agreement will save the government $34.1 million in 2013 and $37.4 million in 2014 and an estimated $55.9 million in future years.
The agreement includes:
- Reducing the entry-level starting salary in wage grids by three per cent.
- Eliminating termination payments upon retirement for new hires.
- Restructuring short-term sickness benefits.
- Changing job security provisions.
- OPSEU represents about 35,280 Ontario Public Service employees
- The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on Dec. 31, 2012.
- The Ministry of Government Services is responsible for collective bargaining with all Ontario Public Service bargaining agents.
“This agreement will help Ontario move forward with its plan to eliminate the deficit while protecting jobs and the public services families rely on every day. We appreciate the efforts of OPSEU to negotiate and its members to ratify this agreement.”