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Ontario, OPSEU reach tentative collective agreement

Thursday, January 10, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

GOVERNMENT
OF ONTARIO

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The Ontario government has reached a tentative two-year collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

The negotiated agreement was reached by both sides coming to the table and working co-operatively.

The centrepiece of the agreement is a commitment to implement a two-year wage freeze as part of the government's ongoing effort to restore fiscal balance to the province while maintaining the valued public services upon which Ontario families rely.

The government and OPSEU must ratify the tentative agreement before details can be released.

Quotes

“I want to thank the leadership of OPSEU for spending approximately 700 hours with us at the bargaining table to reach an agreement that will protect public services and jobs. This deal will help us meet our fiscal targets and it shows how everyone has a role to play to help Ontario eliminate the deficit." - Dwight Duncan, minister of finance and minister of government services

Quick facts

OPSEU represents about 35,280 Ontario Public Service employees.

The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on December 31, 2012.

The Ministry of Government Services is responsible for collective bargaining with all Ontario Public Service bargaining agents.

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zick999 1/10/2013 11:08:02 AM Report

I see they didn't enact BILL 115 and impose anything on us. HMMM?
Just Curious 1/10/2013 11:39:13 AM Report

They didn't have to..Some people in this world do have some common sense,something the teachers union seems to lack...
muf 1/10/2013 11:48:34 AM Report

They are saving it zick. Your union just turtled that`s all !
Polis 1/10/2013 12:02:46 PM Report

Good for OPSEU! I am sure that they were sweating a bit considering everything else going on in labour. But, Dalton and company know that Bill 115 was flawed anyway. That's why they are planning to repeal.
zick999 1/10/2013 12:19:16 PM Report

No muf ... OPSEU didn't turtle, it's just common sense to realize where our province and economy are at. What do they need to bicker about with contracts. OPSEU understood a wage freeze was necessary ... obviously the teachers and their union don't get it. I'm proud of the government standing up to teachers and their union. There is no need to impose a bogus bill like that on any other union. In two years, they should impose another bill on the teachers to claw back on wages. Maybe hire double the amount of teachers ... create smaller classrooms with the abundance of teachers ... and cut their wages in half to pay for it. This would create more jobs for the thousands of people on the waiting/supply list that are trying to become teachers. Also, it would benefit the students by offerring them more resources. And all of this because of the ridiculous pay/benefits/vacation that teachers get. OHHH the blinding endless entitlement for things they should have.
Polis 1/10/2013 1:30:31 PM Report

..and I am proud of educators for standing up to a hypocritical government which has created this crisis in the first place. Difficult challenges require difficult action. I also know that OPSEU and CUPE have stood and protested with the teachers and will continue to do so. That's the right thing to do.
KFM 1/10/2013 2:39:16 PM Report

So as a good liberal showing fiscal restrant in these tuff time Dave jumps on the band wagon for a million dollar hall way at Sault College. That shows what the actual intent of the liberals bill 115 was, not the money but the rights of workers. Shamful waste of time, money and resources that they have created.
I'm In 1/10/2013 5:42:55 PM Report

Fisrt of all I am member of OPSEU and proud of my negoitiating team for not putting us on strike, because they and we no the economic state of the PROVINCE which was created by the Liberal Government, including your MPP Orazetti. People like zick999 should realy know what bill 115 is about, it wasn't about sick days and wages, it was about the right to collectively bargain in good faith which the teachers union was stripped of, which I think he wouldn't want for his union. To collectively bargain in good faith is in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom that is why this clown liberal government is repealling it, they know they won't win this in a court of law. So to all of you people out there against teachers get behind them because without teachers my adult children wouldn't be where they are today. And to all the school boards in the province if your enrollment is on the decline lay your teachers off because with their profession they will find other jobs.
I'm In 1/10/2013 9:42:09 PM Report

I should proof read thats what my teacher said, so disregard my first post with a spelling mistake and one wrong word

First of all I am member of OPSEU and proud of my negoitiating team for not putting us on strike, because they and we know the economic state of the PROVINCE which was created by the Liberal Government, including your MPP Orazetti. People like zick999 should realy know what bill 115 is about, it wasn't about sick days and wages, it was about the right to collectively bargain in good faith which the teachers union was stripped of, which I think he wouldn't want for his union. To collectively bargain in good faith is in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom that is why this clown liberal government is repealling it, they know they won't win this in a court of law. So to all of you people out there against teachers get behind them because without teachers my adult children wouldn't be where they are today. And to all the school boards in the province if your enrollment is on the decline lay your teachers off because with their profession they will find other jobs.


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MikeQ 1/11/2013 7:24:43 AM Report

@ I'm In

I too am a member of OPSEU, but obviously with a different corporation. We took a 2-year wage freeze last collective, and it actually put us in a better bargaining position for the collective we just signed this year. Granted, we lost those increases for two years, but we did gain some more pull for the next collective... that, and we didn't have everyone coming after us for getting a raise, God forbid.
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