Ontario Government threatens to eliminate its second largest union, forcing 10,000 professional employees into OPSEU against their wishes

    AMAPCEO members pledge to defend their hard-won rights

    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government and OPSEU are currently
engaged in secret, back-room negotiations to eliminate 10,000 member - strong
AMAPCEO, the government's second largest bargaining agent and sweep these
10,000 employees into OPSEU.
    "It didn't work in 1993 and it won't work in 2008," pledged Gary Gannage,
President of AMAPCEO.
    Fifteen years ago, when collective bargaining rights were extended to
thousands of previously excluded employees, the government of the day and
OPSEU tried to force them into OPSEU. In 1995, the provincial government
backed off, and enacted legislation providing these employees would have the
right to choose their own bargaining agent.
    "History is now poised to repeat itself," said Bob Stambula, AMAPCEO's
Vice-President. "Even if OPSEU backs down, the government appears determined
to enact legislation depriving thousands of AMAPCEO-represented employees of
the right to be represented by AMAPCEO."
    "The government's proposed elimination of AMAPCEO interferes with these
employees' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association, including the
fundamental right to choose their own bargaining agent," added Michael
Mitchell, AMAPCEO counsel and a partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell.
    "We are calling on the McGuinty government to put an end to this
misguided attack on its own employees, and this assault on democratic
principles and fundamental freedoms," Gannage concluded. "The Ontario Public
Service, and the Ontario public that we serve, deserve more."

    AMAPCEO represents the government's professional and supervisory
employees and since 1993 has concluded six agreements without going on strike.

For further information:

For further information: Gary Gannage, (416) 230-1362

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