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Collective Bargaining Highlights – June 2017

  • Issued: October 2017
  • Content last reviewed: October 2017

Second Quarter Overview

For the second quarter of 2017, the average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.6% (66 settlements[1]; 98,867 employees). The average duration of negotiations was 9.6 months.

Since January 2017, there have been 32 work disruptions under Ontario jurisdiction. These disruptions involved 4,119 employees which represents an estimated loss of 0.01% of work time in Ontario.

June Bargaining Overview

In June, 19 settlements[2] were ratified covering approximately 46,403 employees. The AAI was 1.7% (1.7% public sector; 2.0% private sector). Three settlements received lump sum or signing bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.0% for settlements in the health and social services sector and in the manufacturing sector. The agreements for the Ontario government had the largest number of employees (approximately 28,000 unified unit employees of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and 12,300 employees of the Association of Management Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO)) and received average annual base wage increases of 1.7%[3].

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for June was 1.3% and averaging 1.8% for the year.

Table 1: Average Annual Increase by Industry – June
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January – June
Construction nil nil nil 1.8
Education and Related Services 1 596 1.4 1.7
Health and Social Services 8 1,952 2.0 1.4
Manufacturing 3 790 2.0 1.7
Other Services 1 400 1.3 2.6
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 6 42,403 1.7 1.6
Trade and Finance nil nil nil 3.3
Transportation, Communications, and Utilities nil nil nil 2.0
All Settlements 19 46,403 1.7 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook[4]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, College Employer Council, Cami Automotive Inc., and Essar Steel Algoma Inc..

[1]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[3]The agreement for the Ontario Government and OPSEU employees provided wage increases of 1.5% on July 1, 2017. The agreement for the Ontario Government and AMAPCEO employees provided: wage increases of 1.5% on October 1, 2017; and lump sum non-pensionable payments of 1.5% on October 1, 2017 and 1% on April 1, 2019 for "red-circled" employees, prorated for employees working less than full-time hours.

[4]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 publication’s point in time.

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