AMAPCEO to OPS Employer: we're ready to bargain
Publish date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 update
AMAPCEO leadership and its Bargaining Team for the Ontario Public Service (OPS) are ready to start negotiations, as signalled by a formal “notice to bargain” delivered to the OPS Employer last week.
This step in the collective bargaining process indicates the union’s desire to start to meet with the employer to negotiate a new collective agreement. It is a legislated requirement.
Last week’s notice included a comprehensive initial disclosure request to the Employer—a long list of data sets to help further inform the union’s position going into negotiations.
From here, the union and the OPS Employer will work out the mechanics of how negotiations will operate this time around. Negotiations are expected to begin with the trading of initial proposals by early March.
The OPS Collective Agreement ends March 31, 2022, and after that, existing terms and conditions remain frozen in place until a new collective agreement comes into effect. This round of bargaining will be conducted under the dark shadow of Bill 124, the government’s unconstitutional wage-restraint legislation that affects more than one million of Ontario’s public servants.
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).