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Collective Bargaining Highlights – Second Quarter 2018

  • Issued: November 2018
  • Content last reviewed: November 2018

Bargaining Overview

In the second quarter of 2018, 124 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 78,725 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.6% (1.6% public sector; 1.8% private sector).  Fifteen settlements reported lump sum payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.7% for the settlements in other services sector. The agreement between Metro Ontario Inc. and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) representing full-time and part-time workers included the largest number of employees (7,000 employees), who received an AAI of 1.0%. The settlement also included lump sum payments for full-time workers and selected part-time employees.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario from January to June averaged at 2.2%.

Table 1: Average Annual Base Wage Increase by Industry - Second Quarter 2018
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase (%)
(Q2 2018)
Average Annual Increase (%)
(Jan-Jun, 2018)
Construction 1 180 2.0 2.0
Education & Related Services 6 6,579 1.9 1.9
Health & Social Services 91 46,240 1.5 1.5
Manufacturing 7 2,047 2.2 2.1
Other Services 5 4,313 2.7 2.7
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 9 9,507 1.7 1.6
Trade & Finance 3 7,470 1.1 1.3
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 2 2,389 2.2 1.9
All Settlements 124 78,725 1.6 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., Toronto Transit Commission, Metro Ontario Inc., Government of Ontario, Ontario Power Generation Inc., G4S Security Service Canada Ltd., Garda Canada Security Corp., Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, Securitas Canada Ltd (Ontario), Garda Security Screening Inc., Paladin Security Group Ltd., Pipe Line Contractors Assn. of Canada, Vha Home Healthcare.

[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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