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Collective Bargaining Highlights – Summary – March 2017

  • Issued: August 2017
  • Content last reviewed: August 2017

First Quarter Overview

For the first quarter of 2017, the average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.5% (68 settlements[1]; 39,750 employees). The average duration of negotiations was 8.0 months.

Since January 2017, there have been 19 work disruptions under Ontario jurisdiction. These disruptions involved 2,715 employees which represents an estimated loss of 0.01% of work time in Ontario.

March Bargaining Overview

In March, 19 settlements[2] were ratified covering approximately 17,156 employees. The AAI was 1.5% (1.5% public sector; 2.8% private sector). Six settlements received lump sum, stipend or signing bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.5% for settlements pertaining to other services sector. The agreement for Treasury Board of Canada had the largest number of employees (approximately 8,996 economics and social science employees) and received an AAI of 1.5%[3].

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for March was 1.9% and averaging 2.2% for the year.

Table 1: Average Annual Increase by Industry – March
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January – March
Construction nil nil nil 2.1
Education and Related Services 4 3,745 1.7 1.7
Health and Social Services 8 2,795 1.0 1.2
Manufacturing nil nil nil 1.6
Other Services 4 1,045 2.5 2.2
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 3 9,571 1.5 1.5
Trade and Finance nil nil nil 1.4
Transportation, Communications, and Utilities nil nil nil 1.9
All Settlements 19 17,156 1.5 1.5

Collective Bargaining Outlook[4]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and The Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA), Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

[1] Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2] Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[3] Including wage adjustment on June 22, 2016.

[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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