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OPSEU, Ontario ratify new two-year collective agreement

Thursday, January 24, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE
EMPLOYEES UNION (OPSEU)

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Ontario Public Service workers ratify new two-year collective agreement

TORONTO - Unionized provincial government employees have ratified a new two-year collective agreement with their employer, the Government of Ontario.

The two-year collective agreement covers 36,000 direct provincial government employees.

Under the agreement, employees are subjected to a two-year wage freeze, but significant improvements were made to job security provisions, better access to benefits for part-time workers and the inclusion of anti-bullying language.

Roxanne Barnes, chair of the Central/Unified bargaining team, said these improvements will assist members for years to come.

"Our members will now have more options and better protections in the event of layoffs and downsizing. We also managed to fight back against a large number of concessions that would have adversely impacted our members."

OPSEU's 6,000 Institutional and Community Correctional workers ratified their portion of the contract by slightly less than a 2/3 majority, underscoring the government's need to continue to address problems in Correctional Services.

"While we managed to make significant progress in health and safety provisions in this collective agreement, there are still long-standing problems that need to be addressed," said Dan Sidsworth, chair of the Corrections bargaining team. "Hopefully this result will be a wake-up call for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to get serious about the men and women who risk their lives daily in our jails and in our communities."

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that considering the current economic environment, these agreements are workable for the next two years.

"This contract is far from perfect, but we will be back in two years to sit down at the table again," said Thomas. "During that time, the Ontario government will have to realize that the people who elected them want quality public services, and professional, accountable workers delivering them. Our collective agreement makes that possible. The stronger our contract is, the better everyone's public services will be."

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Boomer4771 1/24/2013 5:38:40 PM Report

The contract was acceptable,not great ,not good. Still lost some as usual. Opseu better start working at negotiating a much better one in two years cause we the workers are starting to get fed up with all the take aways and lies from the government and union.
Sam C 1/24/2013 7:35:19 PM Report

At least they had the opportunity to reach an agreement, rather than just having one imposed on them.
Sam C 1/24/2013 7:35:19 PM Report

At least they had the opportunity to reach an agreement, rather than just having one imposed on them.
flyhawk25 1/24/2013 7:41:50 PM Report

Boomer...take it and do not get angry.
Get even.
Get involved.
Change takes time but as a union brother let me tell you - save the venting on here.
Everyone pays taxes but not everyone has a job and compensation and security like you.

Good luck.
Timbob 1/24/2013 7:45:37 PM Report

"... the Ontario government will have to realize that the people who elected them want quality public services, and professional, accountable workers delivering them."

Actually, the Ontario government and OPSEU better realize that the people who elected them are want to see MAJOR belt tightening, reduction in civil service costs, and much more efficient delivery of services.
Hercules 1/24/2013 8:10:46 PM Report

Boomer
U are an idiot, suppose you voted against it. Under the current fiscal turmoil it was the best our negotiators could get. They did a hell of a job and got a lot of take aways off the table. Not sure what u expected but this works for the majority
Big Pete 1/24/2013 11:35:11 PM Report

Unions are driven from the bottom up. When members complain and point fingers they should realize three fingers are pointing directly back at them. Tell us what actions you took during Bargaining to assist your Teams to get the deal you wanted. I'll bet you showed very little Solidarity or even lit a fire barrel. Shame on all of you for criticizing your Teams while you were sucking the gravy. Obviously it's a whole lot easier to talk the talk than walk the walk!
Boomer4771 1/25/2013 3:48:46 PM Report

Hercules...BAHAHA. You where probably one of the S@##@ that crossed the picket lines. Why don't you join the management team. I am tired of loosing benefits we fought for every contract. We don't have it that great.Bring back Clancy.. At least he had balls.
Big Pete 1/26/2013 12:20:47 AM Report

I planned to make this my one and only rebuttal and then move on to something more engaging. Considering your previous rhetoric, unsubstantiated claims and the fact you never answered my questions, if I were you I would never consider becoming a CSI.
Unlike you I am proud to be represented by OPSEU. I toed the line in 96 and 02, and quite frankly becoming an OPS manager would be in my opinion tantamount to having a frontal lobotomy. Now I don't recall hearing your concerns at the recent OPSEU info session. Perhaps you were too busy swimming in the proverbial Corrections gravy? I will tell you this before I say farewell for good, if you're going to measure your success in life by all the things you never got, you will always be a failure! Show some balls and show us what you can do for our Union.
Boomer4771 1/27/2013 11:11:37 PM Report

Hey PETITE PETE.. Save your breath for someone who doesn't know. As far as my envolvement and support I have given to OPSEU is really none of your concern. As I said I am tired of loosing everything we faught and blead for. Especially when the governement finds money to give their senior managers and disguises it as a BONUS yet screams NO MONEY...We are loosing every contract. I have no problem with status quo but continuous take aways.Some of our great opseu leaders have proven to be in the back pockets of our employer...Time for an awakening and change...
Boomer4771 1/27/2013 11:14:05 PM Report

Oh and yes I did vote against this contract. Like I voted against last contract...
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