Ontario's public service professionals vote 'yes' to four-year contract

TORONTO, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - AMAPCEO members in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) have voted overwhelmingly to accept a four-year 'roll-over' of their existing contract. 

In a ratification vote that was conducted on line from Friday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 27, 94% of those voting approved the tentative agreement.

AMAPCEO represents more than 13,000 public service professionals who work directly for the Ontario government, in all ministries and in all regions of the province—among them, policy and financial analysts, auditors, IT specialists, scientists and economists.

"AMAPCEO is a member-driven union," said President Dave Bulmer. "I am pleased that our members voted in favour of stability and a package that includes fair compensation increases after several years of freezes. This is a good deal for both the public and for public servants." 

The roll-over extends the existing collective agreement until March 31, 2022 and includes a 7.5% salary increase over the next four years.  The agreement also seals in a number of other important gains towards meeting the needs of today's workers and their families.

"Having four years until our contract expires gives stability to our members, but also gives the union an opportunity to focus on education and membership engagement," said Vice-President Cynthia Watt. "Now is a great time for members to get involved and learn new skills to build an even stronger union."

More information about the contract and the ratification vote can be found at amapceo.on.ca/ops2017.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents about 13,000 professional public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards, and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in eleven cities outside Canada. We also represented employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; Public Health Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; and the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.

SOURCE AMAPCEO

For further information: Anthony Schein, Assistant to the President: schein@amapceo.on.ca, 647.802.6586

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