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Government of Ontario and OPSEU Ratify New Collective Agreement

The Ontario Government and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have ratified a new three-year collective agreement.The agreement is net-zero and remains consistent with the fiscal plan outlined in both the 2014 and 2015 Budgets.

To achieve a net-zero outcome, there are no wage increases in 2015 and 2016. In 2016 there will be a modest 1.4 per cent one-time lump sum payment that does not form part of employees’ base salaries, and in 2017 there is a 1.4 per cent pay increase. Both are offset through changes to employee benefits and entitlements over the three-year term of the contract, including a freeze on salary progression in 2016 and 2017 and capping of termination payments. This agreement will support the government’s ongoing efforts to eliminate the deficit while protecting the valued public services Ontario families rely on.

The agreement covers both central issues applicable to all OPSEU members, and issues specific to members of the Unified collective bargaining unit. 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 (OPS) 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.

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