The province has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) to extend the current collective agreements for both the Unified and Correctional Bargaining Units.
The two parties recently entered into discussions that were collaborative, productive and demonstrated a commitment by both parties to improving employee relations. As a result of these discussions, tentative four-year extension agreements with OPSEU’s Unified and Correctional Bargaining Units have been reached.
If ratified, these negotiated agreements would promote greater labour stability, align with current public sector wage trends and balance the interests of employees with the need to provide sustainable and affordable public services.
Over the next several weeks, the government and OPSEU will be undergoing their separate ratification processes with respect to the tentative extension agreements. During the ratification process, each party to the tentative extension agreement takes it to their principals for approval. It would be inappropriate for the government to talk publicly about the details of the tentative extension agreements while the union is discussing those agreements internally with its membership and executive.
Supporting positive labour relations in Ontario’s public service is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- OPSEU is the largest union in the Ontario Public Service, representing approximately 35,000 employees.
- The OPSEU Unified Bargaining Unit includes employees who work in a wide variety of jobs such as administrative staff, enforcement officers, social workers and IT systems officers.
- The OPSEU Correctional Bargaining Unit includes positions responsible for the security, control, supervision, care and rehabilitation of adult offenders and young offenders in provincial correctional facilities.
- Recent amendments to the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act, 1993 provide the OPSEU Correctional Bargaining Unit the right to negotiate a separate collective agreement from the OPSEU Unified Bargaining Unit.
- The current OPSEU Collective Agreement expires on December 31, 2017.
- The Treasury Board Secretariat is responsible for collective bargaining with all Ontario Public Service bargaining agents.
“I am pleased that the province has reached tentative extension agreements with OPSEU’s Unified and Correctional Bargaining Units. These agreements reflect a strong and positive relationship between the parties, and a shared commitment to delivering high-quality, sustainable public services to meet the needs of people in Ontario, now and in the future.” — Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board