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soulchaser
06-12-2017, 06:15 PM
TORONTO – Ontario is offering public servants a four-year contract extension with 7.5-per-cent raises, which, if ratified, would avoid possibly contentious bargaining before the next provincial election.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union workers would get 1.5 per cent on July 1, then one per cent on Jan. 1, 2019 and another one per cent every six months for the life of the deal. The approximately 35,500 workers and correctional staff represented by OPSEU are employed across the public sector, from administration and enforcement to social work, IT and laboratory staff.

The possible deal follows the Liberal government’s successful offering to teachers and education workers of two-year extensions that came with four-per-cent raises and more than $275 million in additional funding.

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas called the scope of the latest contract extension offer “unprecedented” and said he suspects it is related to the June 2018 election.

“I’m kind of shocked the government actually made us any kind of an offer,” Thomas said. “It’s no secret that my union and myself, my executive board, we’re always in a battle with the government…We’re at odds with them on a lot of fronts.”

But, Thomas said, the offer contains a number of positive changes with no demands of concessions for members, and no matter the motivation he’s looking for the best deal for the workers.

Premier Kathleen Wynne disputed that the offer was about the upcoming election.

“My position has always been, since I’ve been in elected politics, has been that good working relationships with our labour partners is good for the people of the province,” she said.

For many years now, the government has only been able to offer public-sector workers small increases, as it worked to eliminate a multi-billion-dollar deficit, but the budget is now balanced.

“One of the reasons that we have been able to come to this position now where we are able to balance the budget, where we are able to make investments, is that we’ve worked very well with our labour partners,” Wynne said.

The last deal saw OPSEU workers get no raises in 2015 or 2016, a 1.4-per-cent lump sum payment in 2016 and a 1.4-per-cent raise in 2017.

The contracts are currently set to expire Dec. 31. Members are set to vote on ratification June 20-22.

Government officials invited the union to a routine meeting to discuss bargaining and the extension offer was a surprise, OPSEU said.

The correctional bargaining unit is recommending its members reject the deal, in part because of how it came about.

“It started as a secretive offer,” said corrections bargaining team chair Chris Jackel. “Then there was some closed-door negotiations with the bargaining team that really was not elected…It bypassed our entire bargaining process.”

Being presented with an already complete offer means the bargaining team wouldn’t get the chance to look at increases to benefits, vacation entitlements or time off, Jackel said.

“We want this current bargaining team…to be able to negotiate a fulsome contract from beginning to end and not have something just given to us,” he said.

In the last contract, correctional officers got the same deal as other OPSEU workers, but an arbitrator ruled their salaries had fallen behind those of their federal counterparts and police officers and awarded them additional raises totalling 4.4 per cent this year.

The negotiated deal also removed correctional workers’ right to strike, sending future disputes to binding interest arbitration, like police and firefighters.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3520556/ontario-government-offers-public-servants-contract-extensions-7-5-raises/

soulchaser
06-12-2017, 06:16 PM
This is the biggest indication yet Wynne is going to pull the plug and call an election this summer once this gets agreed to by the unions.

FALover
06-12-2017, 06:29 PM
Liberals are devious folks indeed. Buying votes with the sellers own money. I wish could be around when many of those public service workers are broke and homeless because their pension funds have been looted to pay the debts/promises of good times now.

firemachine69
06-12-2017, 06:31 PM
Liberals are devious folks indeed. Buying votes with the sellers own money. I wish could be around when many of those public service workers are broke and homeless because their pension funds have been looted to pay the debts/promises of good times now.



Actually, what's going to end up happening is today's new generation will end up funding yesterday's generation.

wolver
06-12-2017, 06:46 PM
Wynne will win 'cause there's nobody worth mentioning running against her.

blacksmithden
06-12-2017, 06:49 PM
Wynne will win 'cause there's nobody worth mentioning running against her.

That is a distinct possibility. The Ontario PC's need a rock star candidate, and they don't have one right now.

M1917 Enfield
06-12-2017, 07:25 PM
The possible deal follows the Liberal government’s successful offering to teachers and education workers of two-year extensions that came with four-per-cent raises and more than $275 million in additional funding.

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas called the scope of the latest contract extension offer “unprecedented” and said he suspects it is related to the June 2018 election.

“I’m kind of shocked the government actually made us any kind of an offer,” Thomas said. “It’s no secret that my union and myself, my executive board, we’re always in a battle with the government…We’re at odds with them on a lot of fronts.”

But, Thomas said, the offer contains a number of positive changes with no demands of concessions for members, and no matter the motivation he’s looking for the best deal for the workers.

Premier Kathleen Wynne disputed that the offer was about the upcoming election.

“My position has always been, since I’ve been in elected politics, has been that good working relationships with our labour partners is good for the people of the province,” she said.

Being presented with an already complete offer means the bargaining team wouldn’t get the chance to look at increases to benefits, vacation entitlements or time off, Jackel said.

“We want this current bargaining team…to be able to negotiate a fulsome contract from beginning to end and not have something just given to us,” he said.

In the last contract, correctional officers got the same deal as other OPSEU workers, but an arbitrator ruled their salaries had fallen behind those of their federal counterparts and police officers and awarded them additional raises totalling 4.4 per cent this year.



Lying Lieberals and Mr Wynne the biggest of the bunch trying to buy their way into staying in power and at the expense and trough of taxpayer money while only spending or borrowing other peoples money!

Sickening but totally expected from these scum!

wolver
06-12-2017, 07:31 PM
That is a distinct possibility. The Ontario PC's need a rock star candidate, and they don't have one right now.

And he/she need not know what they are doing, just win the popularity contest. Justin Trudeau is an excellent case in point.

M1917 Enfield
06-12-2017, 07:33 PM
Wynne will win 'cause there's nobody worth mentioning running against her.

If the Lieberals and Wynne win again, I say good, as the stupid sheeple will get exactly what they deserve and they can expect to get to have a terrible life for themselves and their children living in the dump Ontario is fast becoming while suffering like the Greeks and citizens of Detroit when the massive debt gets called due!

I will be leaving Ontario before that eventual day of reckoning and the view from my rear view mirror will be so sweet and their cries and tears so soothing to my ears and sight!

wolver
06-12-2017, 07:42 PM
I will be leaving Ontario before that eventual day of reckoning and the view from my rear view mirror will be so sweet and their cries and tears so soothing to my ears and sight!

Whatever province you end up in, may I thank you in advance for your transfer payments, without which we would no longer be able to bring this country further to it's knees.

M1917 Enfield
06-12-2017, 08:07 PM
And good example of what Ontario will be like in the future is the situation of Detroit (once one of the most prosperous cities in the USA) and their leftist debt caused collapse -

http://www.gaypatriot.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DetroitNagasaki1.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xKSrnW1z5bU/UfhIj0d72EI/AAAAAAAADIA/NGADhYq7Ci4/s1600/hiroshima-detroit.jpg

https://mariomurilloministries.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/detroit.jpg?w=700

http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/zzcj/imgs/3/6/36500325.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/QEw6Pvc.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/55/a8/ac/55a8acf580f40369667184a39c72e7f6.jpg

http://weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Detroit-Decay-3.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/6VHb2Lc.jpg

http://avivas.ru/img/news/201406/314230502109.jpg

http://moratorium-mi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Detroit_foreclosures_2009-2014-475px.jpg

http://inthesetimes.com/images/articles/Katz_Detroit_Backrupt_2013.jpg

https://whatbeautifullight.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/fisher-body-plant.jpg

https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1484w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2013/07/21/National-Economy/Images/Detroit_Then_And_Now_Photo_Gallery-0fde8.jpghttp://image.patriotpost.us/2013-07-25-alexander-3.jpg

http://allabout.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/tresor-Fisher-Body-21-2.jpg

http://www.frontpagemag.com/sites/default/files/uploads/2013/03/Detroit-sign.jpg

http://cdn.newsbusters.org/images/2013/July/2013-07-19-ABC-GMA-Detroit2.JPG

M1917 Enfield
06-12-2017, 08:10 PM
Whatever province you end up in, may I thank you in advance for your transfer payments, without which we would no longer be able to bring this country further to it's knees.

LOL, yeah we all will end up paying for the disaster that the Lieberals have wrecked upon Ontario, sadly once the economic engine and most prosperous province in Canada!

RangeBob
06-12-2017, 08:15 PM
https://whatbeautifullight.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/fisher-body-plant.jpg

[sign humor]

Obviously Detroit is Harper's fault.

Waterloomike
06-12-2017, 08:18 PM
So there's the bribe.

She makes me hurl.

There is more to come.

Enjoy your liberal masters and the serfdom that comes with it. You're not even subjects.

FALover
06-12-2017, 09:05 PM
Wynne will win 'cause there's nobody worth mentioning running against her.

Not true. I have a garbage thieving raccoon that could do better than that peesoshyte that has phuqued us over for years.

Billythreefeathers
06-13-2017, 07:02 AM
who keeps lending Ont the money?

and what would happen it they stopped?

Scotlas
06-13-2017, 10:43 AM
So there's the bribe.

She makes me hurl.

There is more to come.

Enjoy your liberal masters and the serfdom that comes with it. You're not even subjects.

That is exactly it. That's one of the more clear cut cases of bribing unions I've seen in a while.

wolver
06-13-2017, 01:24 PM
Not true. I have a garbage thieving raccoon that could do better than that peesoshyte that has phuqued us over for years.

I'm not talking 'bout ability, I'm talking voteability>

M1917 Enfield
06-13-2017, 02:01 PM
I would vote for a raccoon over a lying Lieberal scumbag like Wynne any day!

Who cares if the Raccoon has vague policies and speaks neither official languages, he can't be any worse than McGuilty and Wynne are!