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Health Quality Ontario collective agreement ratified

Publish date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 update

Following a lengthy round of bargaining, our membership at Health Quality Ontario (HQO) ratified their tentative agreement on March 7.  The HQO employer also ratified on the same date, so the new contract, which runs until March 31, 2020, is now in effect.  We managed to fight back employer demands for concessions; settled long-standing equity and job evaluation issues; and negotiated 1.4% across-the-board salary increases as of April 1, 2019. 

Congratulations to the HQO bargaining team:  Members Kristen McMartin and Alexis Schaink and AMAPCEO staff Rob Harris and Michaelin Scott. 

The new contract was settled shortly after the announcement that the provincial government intends to merge six health agencies—including HQO—and dissolve the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), to create a new “super-agency” called Ontario Health.

AMAPCEO has been vocal in reminding the government of the expertise and rights of HQO members. With the ratification coming just in time, all 17 AMAPCEO members at HQO are protected by their new Collective Agreement in advance of the merger.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in eleven cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; Public Health Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council and the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.

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