Rolling up our sleeves in 2021
Publish date: Wednesday, January 06, 2021 presidentsMessage
Happy New Year!
I hope that you had a restful and reinvigorating holiday season.
While we couldn’t be with as many or perhaps even any of our loved ones as in years’ past, we all found different ways to stay connected—from modern solutions, such as Zoom, to the more traditional phone call and snail mail (who doesn’t love receiving a holiday card and a tin of cookies!). Thank you to the member who sent along that treat and to the many who wrote, texted or called to thank AMAPCEO for being there this past year. It meant a great deal to hear from you.
With the advent of a new year, we’ve turned the page on a turbulent, often difficult, 2020 and I’m cautiously optimistic for a brighter 2021. As we learned last year, for all the uncertainty and frustration, there’s glimmers of hope—sometimes you just have to seek them out, but they’re there.
I’ve rolled up my sleeves and I’m ready to take the year head-on. No one will have to ask me twice when it comes time for vaccinations! And I’m ready to lead the AMAPCEO team for what I know will be another uniquely busy year.
Our priority continues to be the health and safety of members in the workplace and ensuring that any return for those currently working remotely is cautious, gradual, and flexible.
We will continue to fiercely defend our members’ interests, be they systemic or individual, through our distinctive interest-based approach to problem solving. We’re a principled but pragmatic union, and we should be proud of what calm, cool, collected professionalism has accomplished for us this past year.
Preparations for negotiating new collective agreements are either underway or starting soon for most of our largest bargaining units—the Ontario Public Service, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Health – Quality unit, Public Health Ontario, and both units at the Ontario Ombudsman’s office. Our members at Waypoint see their contract go until 2023.
And our Member Engagement, Communications, Education, and Administrative teams are planning for a full year of programming and services, with all the agility they demonstrated last year, and then some.
While 2021 may bring with it some continued—and as yet unforeseen—challenges, I am confident we will get through them, just as we have these past nine months, and that we will be stronger for it.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and see to it together.
President & CEO
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).