OPS members: Use COC days by August 1, 2020
Publish date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 update
AMAPCEO first tabled members’ concerns with Compensation Option Credits (“COC days”) with the OPS Employer in April, asking for details on how many members had credits remaining. The union was concerned the pandemic was preventing those members with remaining COC days from using them, and that an extension might be warranted.
The 2014 OPS contract included a permanent conversion of Compensation Option Credits into vacation credits—with members who had COC days at the time being permitted to use them until August 1, 2020.
Throughout discussions, the Employer maintained its position that members have had since August 2014 to use this time. Disclosure of numbers shows that very few members have more than a few days at their disposal. This, coupled with the government’s slow “reopening” of Ontario, has led both sides to believe that time can be used over the nine weeks between now and the deadline.
If you are in the OPS and you still have Compensation Option Credits:
- You must use them by August 1, 2020, or they will be forfeited as they are not payable.
- Consider using remaining Compensation Option Credits to take time off to rest, relax, and enjoy part of your summer.
- AMAPCEO encourages you to use your Compensation Option Credits before your vacation credits.
- We remind everyone that unused vacation credits can be carried over – with up to one year’s worth of credits transferrable to next year.
- If you have many COC and/or vacation credits and already carry over a year’s vacation annually, you can ask for special consideration from your local manager and/or your Deputy Minister, depending on your Ministry. This is outlined in Article 30 of the OPS Collective Agreement.
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; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; 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).