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Collective Bargaining Highlights – Third Quarter 2018

  • Issued: January 2019
  • Content last reviewed: January 2019

Bargaining Overview

In the third quarter of 2018, 118 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 77,848 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.6% (1.6% public sector; 2.2% private sector). Ten settlements reported lump sum payments.

The highest AAI was 2.2%, reported in multiple sectors such as manufacturing, other services, and transport, communications, and utilities. Health and social services had the largest number of settlements (94) covering 66,216 employees, with reported AAI of 1.6%. The agreement between Ottawa Hospital and Ontario Nurses’ Association included the largest number of employees (3,783 employees) with AAI of 1.6%.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario from January to September averaged at 2.4%.

Table 1: Average Annual Base Wage Increase by Industry - Third Quarter, 2018
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase (%)
(Q3, 2018)
January - March (%)
(Jan-Sept, 2018)
Construction nil nil nil 2.0
Education & Related Services 4 2,311 1.9 1.9
Health & Social Services 94 66,216 1.6 1.5
Manufacturing 2 677 2.2 2.0
Other Services 8 3,026 2.2 2.5
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 6 4,837 1.7 1.7
Trade & Finance 1 193 0.9 1.2
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 3 1,038 2.2 2.0
All Settlements 118 77,848 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., Canadian Media Producers Assn., Ontario Power Generation Inc., Metro Ontario Inc. (Food Basics Franchisees), Government of Ontario (Provincial Police), Government of Ontario (Correctional Unit), G4S Security Service Canada Ltd., Garda Canada Security Corp., Paragon Protection Ltd., Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, Securitas Canada Ltd. (Ontario), Garda Security Screening Inc., 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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