Province and OPSEU reach tentative agreementWednesday, January 09, 2013 by: Kate Adams
Minister of Government Services Dwight Duncan
The Ontario government has reached a tentative two-year collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
The negotiated agreement was reached by both sides coming to the table and working co-operatively. The centrepiece of the agreement is a commitment to implement a two-year wage freeze as part of the government's ongoing effort to restore fiscal balance to the province while maintaining the valued public services upon which Ontario families rely.
The government and OPSEU must ratify the tentative agreement before details can be released.
â€œI want to thank the leadership of OPSEU for spending approximately 700 hours with us at the bargaining table to reach an agreement that will protect public services and jobs. This deal will help us meet our fiscal targets and it shows how everyone has a role to play to help Ontario eliminate the deficit."
â€” Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and Minister of Government Services
â€¢ OPSEU represents about 35,280 Ontario Public Service employees.
â€¢ The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on December 31, 2012.
â€¢ The Ministry of Government Services is responsible for collective bargaining with all Ontario Public Service bargaining agents.