Talks break down for OPSEU/NUPGE members; arbitrator sought.
Toronto (13 Aug. 2012) - After nine days of negotiations, three with the assistance of a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, talks have broken off for Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) bargaining unit members employed by the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.
The outstanding issues leading to the breakdown of talks include wages and the employer’s desire to alter the existing benefit entitlements.
The bargaining committee is now requesting a “no board report” from the Ministry of Labour. Once the report is issued, discussions will take place between the union and the employer, in an attempt to identify a mutually agreeable arbitrator. In the event agreement cannot be reached, the union will request that the Ministry of Labour assign an arbitrator.
Information meetings will be held for affected members in work locations across the province.
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