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Members receive update on province-wide telephone town hall

Publish date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 update

Today, nearly 3,500 AMAPCEO members joined President Dave Bulmer on a special telephone town hall to learn of the union’s advocacy during COVID-19.

In addition to fielding several members’ questions, Bulmer also shared some labour relations updates. Among the highlights:

  • AMAPCEO has advocated that its members working from home may need relief from full-time duties to tend to the care of loved ones when no other option is available. As a result, the OPS Employer is reminding all managers to be flexible under family status grounds.
  • For the very small number of members who’ve been released from the office without work to perform, the union has secured paid leaves of absence with no loss of income, pension, or benefits.
  • AMAPCEO has advocated that all OPS fixed-term professionals—approximately 10% of the union’s membership—be protected throughout the pandemic, and that anyone with contracts ending after March 16 be extended until at least September 1. Bulmer expects to hear from Secretary of Cabinet Steven Davidson on this soon.

Dozens of members submitted additional questions by phone or online that time did not allow for; look for additional answers in upcoming editions in the Weekly Member News.

If you found today’s town hall helpful and informative, take our short poll to let us know if you would like another town hall next month.

A recording of the town hall is now available to view below:



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; Ontario Health - Quality; 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).