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AMAPCEO It's Time

AMAPCEO It's Time

September 05, 2012 10:30 ET

AMAPCEO Members Rally for a Fair Collective Agreement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - After more than two months of negotiating for a new collective agreement with the provincial government, public servants represented by the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) will take to the lawn of Queen's Park at noon on Wednesday, September 5 to tell their employer, the Government of Ontario, that it's time to get serious about reaching a fair deal.

AMAPCEO, which represents more than 11,000 professional and supervisory employees of the Ontario Public Service (OPS), began negotiations with the government on July 3. Acknowledging the need for all Ontarians to do their part in the current fiscal climate, AMAPCEO offered a wage freeze as part of its opening monetary proposal, and has worked hard to propose other creative solutions to find efficiencies and reduce costs.

The rally comes days after Premier Dalton McGuinty threatened to legislate the terms of a new AMAPCEO collective agreement should AMAPCEO not submit to the government's demands.

The Premier's threats are most concerning to AMAPCEO as they come during a critical stage of the bargaining process. After having bargained almost every day since July 3, and with the help of a mediator since August 3, the parties are moving ever closer to the Government of Ontario's unilaterally imposed September 9 deadline for a settlement.

"AMAPCEO has offered a two-year wage freeze from the outset but the Government of Ontario keeps moving the goal posts. While the McGuinty government says publically that it wants to hit "pause" and freeze wages, our employer is demanding an additional cut of 2-3% from us at the table." said Gary Gannage, President and CEO of AMAPCEO. "After more than 60 days of bargaining, it's time for the government to say 'Yes' and get a deal done for the benefit of Ontarians and the public services they rely on."

AMAPCEO entered the current round of bargaining with a simple agenda: to negotiate the monetary consequences of a new job evaluation and classification system, and to maintain our existing collective agreement provisions. The Job Evaluation project is a 10-year joint AMAPCEO-Employer project, aimed at bringing fairness and administrative efficiency to the government's compensation system. When implemented, this new system will facilitate the modernization and transformation of the OPS, ensuring innovation and an equitable pay scheme for this highly-skilled, highly-educated, knowledge-based group of public servants.

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