Wynne scores victory as civil servants' union agrees two-year wage freeze


mentalfloss
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Dat Liberal entitlement clawback.

Wynne scores victory as civil servants' union agrees two-year wage freeze

Premier Kathleen Wynne has scored a victory on the labour front, with one of Ontario’s largest public-sector unions agreeing to a two-year wage freeze and the clawing back of some benefits.

The deal with the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO), which primarily represents white-collar civil servants, runs until March, 2018. It contains two years without pay increases, followed by two years of 1.4-per-cent hikes. Members voted 96.6 per cent in favour.

The settlement comes as the governing Liberals look to wrestle down a $12.5-billion deficit in three years, in large part by holding the line on labour costs. The Liberals face several other tough labour negotiations in the coming year, including with the province’s teachers’ unions.

“We’re optimistic that we can use this same approach with other public-sector unions in future negotiations and we plan to do that,” said MPP Yvan Baker, parliamentary assistant to Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, who is overseeing collective bargaining for the government. “It’s a step towards our goal of balancing the budget.”

The Liberals are attempting to achieve “net zero” contracts, in which any increases in wages or benefits are offset by cuts to other pieces of the deal. In the case of the AMAPCEO agreement, the hikes in the later years will be paid for by reducing benefits. For instance, the contract will phase out “exit pay” – money provided to departing employees – which the government estimates will save $55-million.

Ms. Matthews’s office did not immediately provide other numbers in the contract, such as how much the pay hikes will cost and what money will be saved through other benefit reductions.

The government did not achieve all the cuts it sought at the bargaining table, AMAPCEO president Gary Gannage said. The province had initially tried to slash paramedical and long-term disability benefits, he said, but ultimately backed down. The union also won an increase in sick pay.

“We didn’t stop all of their cuts or proposals, but we got a lot of positive results,” Mr. Gannage said. “We managed to successfully resist the employer’s aggressive agenda.”

AMAPCEO represents 12,000 workers in the broader public sector, including professionals, supervisors and administrative staff.

The deal was a tough slog, with negotiations continuing off and on for several months.

Labour has been a tough spot for the Liberals. Organized labour went to bat for the party during the June election – taking out attack ads on the Progressive Conservative opposition – and the Liberals are eager to keep unions’ political support even while holding the line on their contracts.

Wynne scores victory as civil servants‚€™ union agrees two-year wage freeze - The Globe and Mail
 
petros
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$22.5M a year? That's really going to impact the $25B of two more years in the hole.
 
mentalfloss
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So what you're saying is that public sector wage increases don't account for much debt.

Good to know.
 
petros
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Only $12, 545, 000, 000 to go.
 
mentalfloss
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Tax.

And I welcome it.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

$22.5M a year? That's really going to impact the $25B of two more years in the hole.

if fanboyz like fuzzy wuzzy say it is wunerfull, well, it is...anywayyyyyyy...one thousand million dollars just from a contract cancellation...mr wynne can cram his faux victory up a homeless musician's bum.
 
mentalfloss
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Poor Loc can't survive on his own and needs the gubmint help.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Tax.

And I welcome it.

Perhaps they could find a way to just tax you?

Ever check on the volentary donation to the govt at the end of your tax return?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Perhaps they could find a way to just tax you?

Ever check on the volentary donation to the govt at the end of your tax return?

That would be more of a donation than a tax.

They need to see how the federal election goes first, but I'm ready for a carbon tax.

It's working for BC and it would do well for us.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

That would be more of a donation than a tax.

They need to see how the federal election goes first, but I'm ready for a carbon tax.

It's working for BC and it would do well for us.

I have nothing against a carbon tax (aside from it being useless) as long as they drop other taxes so it is truly revenue neutral. Of course, I don't believe govts will ever do this. They will just add a tax. And they don't need to be doing that.
 
mentalfloss
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It will be revenue neutral.

That's how they will get away with it.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Perhaps they could find a way to just tax you?

Ever check on the volentary donation to the govt at the end of your tax return?

Until they have to make it up to them in four years on the next contract. Forwarding a debt is still debt.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post


They need to see how the federal election goes first, but I'm ready for a carbon tax.

It's working for BC and it would do well for us.

Is it? If you trust a BC scheme to save ON from the high energy costs that are already killing your economy, you really are clueless.
 
mentalfloss
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I'm used to it.

I budget my finances to afford it and use my capitalism super powers to make more money.

Swim or die.
 
petros
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Ever heard of a boat?
 
mentalfloss
#15
Ever heard of spell check?
 
petros
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Spell cheque.
 
Locutus
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when it's the wife's money you don't need to spell.
 
mentalfloss
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