All OPS members are invited to participate in telephone town halls on November 28 and 29, 8 – 9 p.m. Ask questions of the Bargaining Team chairs and learn more about the employer’s opening offer and the union’s plan to bargain quality public services and prevent privatization. OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be the moderator. more… For a downloadable flyer you can post and distribute, please click here.
Q: I have heard that the employer’s proposed takeaway on sick time is a “triple threat.” What does that mean? A: The employer’s proposal on sick time is actually three takeaways rolled into one. First, the employer wants to cut sick pay from 75 per cent to 66 2/3 per cent for sick time taken between 6 days and 124 days. Second, the employer will only allow you to top up your pay during this period (with credits) to a maximum of 75 per cent (current you can top up to 100 per cent). Third, the employer will only allow … Continue reading
Central/Unified Table: There were no real surprises at the Central/Unified table when the employer tabled their proposal for the new OPS collective agreement. The team expected to see cuts, and that’s exactly what they were given. Overall, the employer’s position would gut the very heart of the Ontario Public Service and leave members vulnerable. This is not a pause in collective bargaining as suggested by Dwight Duncan. This is a rewind. The employer’s position includes: A two-year agreement. A two-year pay freeze. Creation of a new step on the wage grid 3 per cent lower than the lowest step. Reduce sick … Continue reading
The bargaining teams go to the table next week to start the process of negotiating our next contract. In the first PS Let’s Talk installment of Question of the Week, we have a look at what’s on everyone’s minds: zero. Zero wage increase, that is. Q: Are we expected to accept a wage freeze and/or concessions in our contract? A: The teams haven’t sat down with the employer yet, so there isn’t a wage freeze (or anything else) on the table right now. What we WON’T accept is the suggestion that privatization is what’s best for Ontario. We know … Continue reading
I am writing to clarify a few points about OPS bargaining, the government and our position in negotiations. We are facing a very tough bargaining environment. The sluggish economy, the continuing effects of the global recession and a provincial Liberal government that is governing from the far right-wing of the political spectrum contribute to the downward pressure faced by hard-working, low-to-middle income Ontarians. To make things even tougher unions and union members are regularly demonized by almost every media outlet in the country. That said, OPSEU continues to move forward doing what we do best: negotiate quality public services one … Continue reading