OPSSU reaches last-minute deal with OPSEU

TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) has reached a last-minute tentative agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), narrowly averting a strike. The strike deadline was set for Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:01a.m.

Bargaining team chair, Mirla Alvarado Fenn, thanked her members and allies for their support during difficult negotiations: "We would not have been able to sustain our strength during bargaining without the outpouring of support from not only our own OPSSU members, but also OPSEU member allies and friends in the labour movement. We will bring this tentative deal back to the membership recommending ratification."

The current collective agreement expired on June 30, 2016.

OPSSU represents more than 350 permanent, part-time, contract/temporary and on-call workers at OPSEU's head offices in Toronto and at 19 regional OPSEU offices across Ontario.  Staff provide a wide range of services to more than 130,000 OPSEU members.

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU)

For further information: Pati Habermann, OPSSU President: phabermann@opssu.ca, 289-821-0961 [cell]; Emily Visser, OPSSU First Vice-President: evisser@opssu.ca, 416-854-8598 (cell), www.opssu.ca

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