Conservative government re-elected; AMAPCEO stands firm on 124 and bargaining priorities
Publish date: Wednesday, June 08, 2022 presidentsMessage
Last week, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government in the provincial election.
We do not yet know what the future of this government holds—there will likely be changes to several posts and portfolios in the coming weeks.
What we do know is that it was under the auspices of this same party’s previous government that the wage-capping legislation Bill 124 was introduced and enacted. We know that throughout the election period, the Conservatives refused to respond to requests on whether they would repeal their own unconstitutional legislation.
Fair and free collective bargaining is your constitutionally-protected right—and it works. AMAPCEO will continue to put pressure on this new Conservative government to repeal Bill 124. In the meantime, our effort as part of the coalition of ten unions to file a lawsuit to challenge Bill 124 is ongoing.
Earlier this spring, our Ontario Public Service (OPS) bargaining team announced that negotiations with the OPS Employer had broken down over the issue of equitable access to flexible work and were put on pause for the duration of the election.
Negotiations have not yet resumed and are unlikely to begin again for several weeks. We will keep all our members informed of the latest developments from their bargaining teams as they happen.
Leading up to the resumption of negotiations, we may also ask you to step up your visible support of your bargaining teams once again. Keep your eye on your inbox and on our website for more information in the weeks to come.
Rest assured that, regardless of this new government’s priorities or mandate, AMAPCEO will continue to advocate for our members best interests, both at the bargaining table and in the legislature.
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).