Tentative Agreement Reached with OPSEU

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Deb Matthews

Ontario has reached a tentative three-year collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). This agreement covers both central issues applicable to all OPSEU members, and issues specific to members of the Unified collective bargaining unit.The outcome is net-zero and is 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.

“I am pleased we have reached this tentative agreement with OPSEU. This agreement shows that when partners commit to work together to negotiate, the result can be both fair and reasonable to our employees and consistent with our fiscal plan. We remain confident that we can reach an agreement with the Correctional Bargaining team that balances the interests of our employees with the need to provide sustainable and affordable public services. ” said, Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board

Over the next several weeks, the Ontario government and OPSEU will be undergoing their separate ratification processes with respect to the tentative agreement.

The government remains at the bargaining table with the Correctional bargaining unit, on issues specific to that group.

OPSEU represents about 35,500 Ontario Public Service employees in a broad range of positions which include administrative support, enforcement and correctional officers, social workers and IT systems officers.

The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on December 31, 2014.

The Treasury Board Secretariat is responsible for collective bargaining with all Ontario Public Service bargaining agents.

There are three agreements for OPSEU members in the OPS: a Central collective agreement that applies to all members, which includes provisions such as sick pay and job security; a Unified collective agreement that applies to everyone except those in the Correctional bargaining unit; and then an agreement that applies to those in the Correctional bargaining unit.