Bill 124 limits compensation increases at one per cent a year for three years
The legislation limits public sector workers’ compensation increases to a maximum of one per cent a year for three years—including for unionized workers as their contracts expire.
What this means is that when their contracts expire, unionized public sector workers’ compensation increases are capped at one per cent a year for the following three years, regardless of what workers may negotiate with employers through collective bargaining.
Each of Ontario’s public sector workers bring their all, every day, and especially during the pandemic. AMAPCEO members have risen to the occasion, using our creativity, experience, and dedication to respond to the emergency in ingenious new ways and keep public services operational—all while balancing our own family responsibilities and the whiplash stop-start of remote work and learning.
Bill 124 devalues public servants’ critical contributions to the province and its citizens. It weakens Ontario’s already thread-bare public services.
The positions affected by Bill 124 are predominately held by women. The same is true for AMAPCEO members, of which nearly two-thirds are women. Meanwhile, some male-dominated public service fields, such as policing, are unaffected by the legislation, and seeing wage increases as high as 11.1 per cent over five years.
AMAPCEO’s bargaining teams are working hard to making the best possible improvements to our collective agreements.
And while fair wage increases are of critical importance to each of us, they are only one of the elements of the contract that we can negotiate. We also aim to secure more flexibility for remote work, advance equity, enhance benefits, bolster rights for contract staff, and improve health and safety in our workplaces.
If we are to make strides apart from wages affected by Bill 124, it's critical you support your bargaining team. Union leadership and local AMAPCEO activists may ask you to do so by taking specific actions to demonstrate your solidarity. This could include displaying a flag on your desk, using a union background during a video call, or attending an event.
More information on bargaining to come! Make sure your personal email with AMAPCEO is up to date by visiting your Member Dashboard. If you need to add or change any information, click Edit Profile, make your changes and click Save.
We will also keep you posted on other actions you can take to let the government know they should end the appeal.