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Collective Bargaining Highlights - Summary - February 2017

  • Issued: July 2017
  • Content last reviewed: July 2017

Bargaining Overview

In February, 27 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 12,076 employees.  The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.6% (1.5% public sector; 1.8% private sector). Seven settlements received lump sum, stipend or signing bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.1% for settlements pertaining to construction industry. The agreement for Bell Canada had the largest number of employees (approximately 2,700) and received an AAI of 1.9%.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for February was 2.3%.

Table 1: Average Annual Increase by Industry – February
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
(%)
January - February
(%)
Construction nil nil nil 2.1
Education and Related Services nil nil nil nil
Health and Social Services 12 3,579 1.3 1.3
Manufacturing 4 1,208 1.7 1.6
Other Services 1 287 1.5 1.6
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 5 2,813 1.6 1.5
Trade and Finance nil nil nil 1.4
Transportation, Communications, and Utilities 5 4,189 1.9 1.9
All Settlements 27 12,076 1.6 1.5

Collective Bargaining Outlook

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Essar Steel Algoma Inc., and Winners Merchants Intl.

[1] Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

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