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Collective Bargaining Highlights – First Quarter 2018

  • Issued: August 2018
  • Content last reviewed: August 2018

Bargaining Overview

In the first quarter of 2018, 53 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 31,066 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.7% (1.6% public sector; 1.9% private sector). Sixteen settlements reported lump sum or bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.6% for settlements in the other services sector. The agreement between the University of Toronto and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing teaching assistants and instructors included the largest number of employees (7,000 employees) who received an AAI of 1.9%.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario from January to March averaged at 2.1%.

Table 1: Average Annual Increased by Industry - First Quarter 2018
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January - March
Construction nil nil nil nil
Education & Related Services 2 7,750 1.9 1.9
Health & Social Services 22 6,710 1.3 1.3
Manufacturing 8 1,840 1.9 1.9
Other Services 4 1,203 2.6 2.6
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 6 3,504 1.4 1.4
Trade & Finance 3 1,750 1.9 1.9
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 8 8,309 1.8 1.8
All Settlements 53 31,066 1.7 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook[2]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Canada Post Corp., Government of Ontario (Correctional Unit), Bruce Power L.P./Bruce Power Inc., G4S Security Service Canada Ltd., Toronto Transit Commission, Ontario Power Generation Inc., Hydro One Inc., Garda Security Screening Inc., Windsor Casino Ltd., Metrolinx (GO Transit), Bombardier Aerospace, Garda Canada Security Corp., Securitas Canada Ltd. (Ontario), Paladin Security Group Ltd.

[1]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2]Bargaining situations resulting from recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decisions or agreements that have been ratified prior to the release of the current monthly publication may not be reflected if the settlement information has not been reported to Collective Bargaining Information Services at the time of publication.

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