For immediate release
OPSSU reaches last-minute deal with OPSEU
(TORONTO – August 25, 2016) The Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) has reached a last-minute tentative agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), narrowly averting a strike. The strike deadline was set for Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:01a.m.
Bargaining team chair, Mirla Alvarado Fenn, thanked her members and allies for their support during difficult negotiations: “We would not have been able to sustain our strength during bargaining without the outpouring of support from not only our own OPSSU members, but also OPSEU member allies and friends in the labour movement. Throughout the bargaining phase it was clear that our members were united and we will now enter into the most important phase, which is education and enforcement of our collective agreement.”
The OPSSU Benefits Committee has secured strike benefits for active members (both permanent and temporary) and their dependents through Manulife. OPSSU will be paying the premiums for the benefits plan directly for all members. Details of the coverage is set out in the FollowMe document attached to this email.
In the event of a labour disruption, benefit coverage will commence
on September 1st, 2016. Assuming a labour disruption commences
on August 25th, 2016, there will be no benefit coverage from August 25 to August 31st. There will be a hardship committee convened to consider payment where a crucial benefit was not covered either during the week of no-coverage or afterward if the benefit provided is not covered by Manulife. The hardship committee will look at extraordinary situations.
The parties have agreed to resume negotiations tomorrow at 5:00 pm. Please remember to keep in touch with your Contact Unit person and share you personal contact information, check OPSSU website, Facebook and Twitter for future updates as we get closer to a strike deadline.
Thank you all for your support.
Your Bargaining Team