March 23, 2007 07:00 ET

Work-Life Balance Measures Ensure Sustainable Workplaces: Union Leader's Message to 2007 Top Employer Summit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2007) - The president of the only union ever to be designated one of Canada's Top 100 Employers will advise a conference of employers today to adopt family-friendly solutions to longer working hours in order to compete for knowledge workers and ensure workplace sustainability.

AMAPCEO President and CEO Gary Gannage will participate in a panel discussion on "Turning Back the Overtime Clock" at the 2007 Top Employer Summit in Toronto. Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, former Prime Minister Joe Clark and federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion are keynote speakers at the event, being held on March 22nd and 23rd.

Gannage says there are two major reasons why AMAPCEO promotes family-friendly policies to deal with working hours. "First, as a union, we believe we should model good practices for our employer, the Government of Ontario. We 'walk the talk'. One of the long-standing priorities of our members has been to negotiate flexible and creative work arrangements in the Ontario Public Service."

"Secondly," he continued, "as an employer, we have to be competitive with other employers in the market for knowledge workers. While salaries continue to be the important first consideration for most job applicants, we have found that family-friendly approaches to working hours (including vacation, leave arrangements and overtime) make a significant difference, particularly with younger employees who want a manageable work-life balance."

Gannage, noting the federal government's recent budget, which they claim introduced family-friendly tax measures, suggested that employers also have a role, acting in their own jurisdictions, to do more to promote family-friendly workplace policies. "Work-Life balance initiatives such as flex-time, telecommuting, alternative work arrangements, realistic parental/elderly care leaves, which recognize the reality of the challenges of employees' lives outside of the workplace, ensure the sustainability of our workplaces. Employers who embrace such measures will contribute to employee contentment, increasing productivity and loyalty, while decreasing absenteeism".

AMAPCEO was selected as one of the 2007 Top 100 Employers in Canada, announced in Maclean's Magazine last October, and was also honoured as one of the Top 50 Employers in the GTA, where its office and 23 staff are located. AMAPCEO represents 9,000 professional civil servants who work for the Government of Ontario.

In announcing AMAPCEO's selection last Fall, Tony Meehan, who organizes the Top 100 Employer competition for Mediacorp Canada, Inc., said AMAPCEO is "really leading the way in showing employers how to lead their own people" (National Post, October 18, 2006).

More About AMAPCEO

The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) is the second-largest bargaining agent in the Ontario Public Service, representing 9,000 professional and supervisory civil servants who work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions.

Established in 1992, AMAPCEO has built, in a relatively short period of time, a strong record of negotiating innovative collective agreements, of adopting a collegial, problem-solving approach to dispute resolution and of advocating for an apolitical professional public service as a critical component in Canada's system of parliamentary democracy.

AMAPCEO members include policy and financial analysts, auditors, economists, program supervisors, mediators, arbitrators, nursing supervisors, senior scientists, planners and chaplains. AMAPCEO-represented employees work in 136 communities throughout the Province of Ontario. The Association celebrates its 15th anniversary this August.

AMAPCEO is currently negotiating a new collective agreement with the government. The existing agreement expired on March 31, 2006.

More information about AMAPCEO can be obtained by visiting the Association's website at:

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