Repost: Tentative Agreement Reached with OPSEU Correctional Bargaining Unit
Ontario has reached a tentative three-year collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), with respect to the Correctional Bargaining Unit.
The outcome is net-zero and remains consistent with the fiscal plan as outlined in the 2015 Budget. This agreement, if ratified, will support the government's ongoing efforts to eliminate the deficit while protecting the valued public services Ontario families rely on.
The Ontario government and OPSEU must ratify the tentative agreement before details can be released. The Central Collective Agreement and the Unified Bargaining Unit Collective Agreement were ratified on October 30, 2015.
- The Correctional Bargaining Unit Collective Agreement covers approximately 5,500 employees, employed in provincial jails, correctional facilities, youth centres and probation and parole offices, who work in a wide variety of positions in the OPS including correctional officers, youth services officers and probation and parole officers.
- OPSEU represents about 35,500 Ontario Public Service employees in a broad range of positions which include administrative support, enforcement officers, social workers and IT systems officers.
- The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on December 31, 2014.
- The Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act (CECBA) specifies that one collective agreement must be negotiated to cover all OPSEU bargaining units in the Ontario Public Service as well as separate agreements for the Unified and Correctional bargaining units.
“This tentative agreement is the result of much hard work by both sides at the bargaining table. I’d like to thank OPSEU for working with us throughout the negotiation process. Our government respects and values the hard work of our Corrections Services employees and I’m pleased to say that this agreement is fair and reasonable to them and consistent with our fiscal plan.”
“We are pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached. I want to thank those involved in the bargaining process for their hard work. We value the important role our Correctional Services staff play in keeping our province safe. They are a vital part of the work that is underway to transform our correctional system, and we look forward to moving ahead on that transformation together.”