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Collective Bargaining Highlights – November 2017

  • Issued: July 2018
  • Content last reviewed: July 2018

Bargaining Overview

In November, 43 settlements1 were ratified covering approximately 23,477 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 2.0% (2.0% public sector; 1.7% private sector). Four settlements reported lump sum or bonus payments

The highest AAI reported was 3.1% for settlements in the education and related services sector. The agreement between the University of Toronto and United Steelworkers had the largest number of employees (approximately 3,000 employees in the casual unit) who received an AAI of 4.5%2.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for November was 1.9% and was averaging 1.7% for the year.

Table 1: Average Annual Increased by Industry - November
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January - November
Construction nil nil nil 1.5
Education & Related Services 3 5,990 3.1 2.0
Health & Social Services 33 12,461 1.6 1.5
Manufacturing nil nil nil 1.8
Other Services 3 877 1.8 2.1
Primary nil nil nil 1.5
Public Administration 2 2,426 1.9 1.6
Trade & Finance nil nil nil 2.3
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 2 1,723 1.8 1.9
All Settlements 43 23,477 2.0 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook3

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Canada Post Corp, Metro Ontario Inc, Government of Ontario (Correctional Unit), Bell Canada, Essar Steel Algoma Inc, Bruce Power Lp/Bruce Power Inc, Pharma Plus Drugmarts Ltd/Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd., and G4S Security Service Canada Ltd.

[1]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2]Settlement includes One-Time-Only (OTO) special payments of $200 following ratification and $200 on December 1, 2018 for active employees.

[3]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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