Ontario Reaches Two-Year Deal with OPSEU
Highlights of the new collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) include:
Term -- The agreement is in effect for a two-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2013 and ending on Dec. 31, 2014.
Salary and Wage Freezes -- There will be no across-the-board wage increases during the term of the agreement. Any costs associated with moving through the wage grid have been offset by cost savings elsewhere in the collective agreement.
New Entry-Level Start Rate -- The entry-level starting salary in wage grids has been reduced by three per cent.
Short-Term Sickness Plan -- The short-term sick leave plan has been restructured so that pay for any absence over and above six days of illness is reduced from 75 per cent to 66 2/3 per cent of full pay. Employees suffering from severe or serious chronic illness or injury will continue to receive payment at 75 per cent of their full pay.
Early Retirement (Surplus Factor 80) -- Surplus Factor 80 has not been renewed. Surplus Factor 80 was a mechanism that allowed eligible pension plan members who were permanently laid off to retire early with an unreduced pension if their age plus their credit in the pension plan totalled 80 years or more when they were laid off.
Job Security -- Efficiencies in job security provisions will reduce the time it takes to implement initiatives that transform government services while also increasing the effectiveness of redeployment processes for affected employees.
Termination Pay upon Retirement - Termination payments upon retirement will not be given to employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013.