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Collective action required to get results: survey

Publish date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 update

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A full 95% of AMAPCEO members understand the importance of supporting their union to demonstrate their collective strength—and they have a large appetite for getting further involved, a large survey of the union’s membership shows. The union is releasing results as collective bargaining is either in preparations or underway in six of its eight units. 

The survey was conducted last year by Abacus Data, one of Canada’s leading opinion research firms. Survey respondents represented a cross-section of the membership and its diversity. The Board of Directors received a presentation of the results from Abacus CEO Dr. David Coletto. 

A strong majority of members are supportive of AMAPCEO’s efforts to defend collective agreements, improve members’ terms and conditions for employment, advocate for enhancements, and use a problem-solving approach to workplace issues. 

Similarly, the union also enjoys the confidence of its members when it comes to advocacy, Coletto reports. “Members are confident AMAPCEO effectively advocates for them with employers and governments,” he says, “And [that the union] carries out communications campaigns in defense of collective agreements and supports causes important to members.” 

On AMAPCEO’s five-year strategic plan, Building on a Strong Foundation, members are well aligned with the union on which values should be included. “Members give AMAPCEO good scores for [its] performance, especially professionalism, respect, integrity, and being democratic,” Coletto says. 

As the union continues to ramp up its work on issues of equity both within the union and within workplaces, most AMAPCEO members are satisfied with the level of work and effort the union is putting in to advocating and upholding these values. 

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).