A tentative agreement has been reached by the Corrections bargaining team of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Three-year deal establishes new bargaining framework for the future.
Toronto (25 Nov. 2015) — After more than 12 months at the negotiating table, the Corrections bargaining team for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario government. The team unanimously supports the historic and tentative deal that has been reached.
Corrections-only collective agreement
The tentative agreement will carry a guarantee of a Corrections-only collective agreement, with arbitration starting in 2018. This will recognize the unique labour challenges that the members of the Corrections bargaining unit face.
The employer refused to budge from its position on wages. However, it was felt that the short-term pain of accepting the unified wage package was a fair trade-off for the long-term gain of a Corrections‑only collective agreement.
Wage increase and other gains
Accordingly, members will receive a lump sum equivalent to 1.4 per cent of their salary in 2016. In 2017, they will receive a 1.4 per cent general wage increase.
Other highlights of the three-year deal include:
- compensating time off
- an alternative discipline resolution process committee
- a uniform points system
- compensating leave
- a joint workload committee (community probation, and probation and parole)
- improved time off for community union leave
- a mediation/arbitration process for community corrections
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE