May 06, 2014 13:40 ET

Union and Government Defer Bargaining to Post Election

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - With the Ontario Legislature set to dissolve and a general election to be called, AMAPCEO and the Provincial government have agreed to put bargaining on hold.

The president of AMAPCEO, Gary Gannage says, "Our Bargaining Team believes that meaningful negotiations are not possible during an election campaign, when politics are a driving force." Adding, "The government has no real authority to negotiate and there is no purpose served in taking job action during an election."

Under the terms of this mutual freeze during negotiations, there will be no lock out by the Employer or strike action by employees, despite the Employer's request for a No Board Report. Bargaining is set to resume two weeks following the swearing in of the new Cabinet. Until that time, an extended "freeze period" is in effect, and current provisions of the AMAPCEO Collective Agreement will remain in force and no labour disruption will occur. Prior to the election, the Government request for a "No Board Report" and attempted to force labour disruption or acceptance of a concessionary deal for over 11,500 employees in the Ontario Public Service.

"This freeze period does not change our position to mobilize members or our bargaining mandate to negotiate a fair deal. When negotiations resume, the bargaining team will be prepared to get back to the table and we expect a willing and reasonable partner in the government." said Dianne Colville, Chair of the OPS Bargaining Team.

Since mid-February, AMAPCEO has been engaged with the government in bargaining a new collective agreement for its 11,500 OPS members. The government has sought to achieve its fiscal plan through massive claw-backs to health benefits of employees and their families and four more years of zero compensation increases, these in addition to the two years of zeroes taken in the last collective agreement. AMAPCEO last month received a 94% vote in favour in its strike vote. Negotiations are currently deadlocked.

About AMAPCEO: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario and is a bargaining agent representing approximately 11,500 professional and supervisory employees who work in the Ontario Public Service directly for the Government of Ontario, in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in over 130 communities across the province and in 11 cities outside Canada. For information visit

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