Skip to main content

Bulmer to OPS Employer: Let’s get back to the table

Publish date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 presidentsMessage

Composite photo of Dave Bulmer and Queen's Park

On behalf of AMAPCEO’s 15,000 members, we congratulate the new Cabinet, and in particular, Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria, who returns at the Treasury Board Secretariat with an expanded mandate for emergency management and procurement, including the new agency Supply Ontario.

Now that Cabinet has been sworn in, we expect the Legislature to be recalled soon to pass the 2022 Ontario Budget.

The Budget includes a commitment to hybrid work in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Of course, equitable access to a fair and standardized hybrid work process is one of the major priorities for our next OPS contract.

We are hopeful this means the OPS Employer will be less intransigent on this issue so that we can make more meaningful progress towards a deal. Before talks broke down earlier this year and we took a pause for the election period, we had reached agreement in principle on many important issues at the table.

We look forward to sitting back down with the OPS Employer, and hope to do so in the weeks ahead.

Until then, I encourage all members in the OPS to continue showing your AMAPCEO pride by:

  • including the AMAPCEO logo in your work email signature,
  • taking your full 45-minute lunch break (and setting your calendar and online status message to away for an “AMAPCEO Break”),
  • using a union background for your virtual meetings, and
  • wearing your bargaining buttons and displaying your desk cards.

We will also be holding information sessions throughout the summer months—keep an eye on your inbox for news about those.

Member News is going to take its usual summer hiatus, returning for editions on July 20 and August 17. Of course, we’ll keep you posted if anything develops.

Until then, make the most of this weather and these summer months.

Stronger together,

Dave Bulmer

Dave Bulmer

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 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).