OPSEU holds telephone townhall meeting for public service members

OPSEU/NUPGE members employed in the Ontario public service are invited to join the conversation about bargaining on November 28 and 29.

Toronto (22 Nov. 2012) - Bargaining for the Ontario public service began on November 13 after months of preparations. To kick off negotiations and to show support for the bargaining committee's agenda, events were held in 45 different locations throughout the province.

OPSEU/NUPGE members can find the employer's opening position here but the union will also be convening two telephone town hall meetings on November 28 and November 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the concessions on the table include:

  • a two-year agreement with a two year wage freeze;
  • the creation of a wage step three per cent lower than the current lowest step on the wage grid;
  • gutting job security provisions and limiting sick time;
  • increased use of consultants and temporary employees and
  • the elimination of termination pay for all new employees.

Members will find out more about OPSEU/NUPGE's proposal which includes comprehensive language to protect public services from privatization, improved job security provisions, improvements to fixed term, seasonal and student language, health and safety, posting and filling of vacancies, improved vacation language and improved benefit language. Monetary issues will be tabled later during bargaining.

If member's phone numbers are already in the union's database, they will receive a phone call a few minutes before the town Hall is about to start. All you need to do is stay on the line if you wish to participate.

Members can also dial 1-866-476-7782 at any time during the town hall and choose to listen only or participate in the discussion and polling by following directions.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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

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