Ontario, civil service workers’ union ratify collective agreement

New deal with AMAPCEO eliminates exit pay
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 08/28/2014

The government of Ontario recently ratified a four-year collective agreement with civil service workers represented by the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO).

The province reports the agreement includes a wage freeze in the first two years and a 1.4 per cent wage increase in both the third and fourth years. The agreement is reportedly consistent with the government’s fiscal plan — outlined in its 2014 budget — and includes no new funding for compensation increases.

Exit pay will also be eliminated as part of the new deal.

AMAPCEO — which represents 11,500 employees working directly for the government — ratified the agreement with 96.6 per cent approval following six months of negotiations.

“Although we did not achieve every priority or stop all proposed cuts, we were able to achieve positive results in a number of areas including job security, benefits and time-off provisions. We also resisted the employer’s aggressive agenda in five of the six initially targeted areas,” the union said in a statement.

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