Ontario and AMAPCEO Reach Four-Year Agreement
Ontario and its second-largest bargaining agent, the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO), have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.
The agreement includes a wage freeze in the first two years and a 1.4 per cent wage increase in each of the third and fourth years. The cost of wage increases in 2016 and 2017 is being offset over the four-year term through changes to benefits and entitlements, making it a net zero agreement.
- Four-year term ending March 31, 2018.
Salary and Wages
- Zero wage increases for the first two years of the collective agreement term. This new agreement follows a two-year deal that included no wage increase in both 2012 and 2013 - totalling four consecutive years without any wage increase.
- Wage increases of 1.4 per cent on April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017.
The following monetary items will offset the wage increases in 2016 and 2017, making it a net zero agreement:
- Currently, employees who leave the Ontario Public Service are eligible for one week of pay for every year of service, up to a maximum of 26 weeks.
- The new agreement eliminates employees' ability to accumulate this exit pay effective December 31, 2015.
- Employees who have accumulated exit pay before December 31, 2015 will be paid out based on their salary on December 31, 2015, upon leaving the public service.
- This will reduce future costs and save taxpayers approximately $55 million this year.
- Starting salary within each existing salary range reduced by three per cent effective April 1, 2015.
Medical and Dental Benefits
- Medical and dental benefits more closely aligned with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and non-bargaining employees to significantly reduce administrative costs.
Long-Term Income Protection (LTIP)
- Elimination of LTIP cost-of-living provisions effective January 1, 2015.
- Employees on LTIP will be entitled to increases equivalent to those received by all employees.
Other efficiencies in the collective agreement include the following non-monetary items:
- Streamline dispute resolution procedure.
- Provide employees who are being redeployed from their existing position with the ability to search for and identify potential new assignments. This will increase the effectiveness of human resources processes.