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Collective Bargaining Highlights – October 2017

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

Bargaining Overview

In October, 20 settlements1 were ratified covering approximately 9,419 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.5% (1.4% public sector; 1.7% private sector).  Five settlements reported lump sum or bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.0% for settlements in the primary industry. The agreement between General Motors of Canada Ltd and Unifor had the largest number of employees (approximately 2,454 employees) who received an AAI of 1.6%2.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for October was 1.3% and was averaging 1.7% for the year.

Table 1: Average Annual Increased by Industry - October
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
(%)
January - October
(%)
Construction nil nil nil 1.5
Education & Related Services 1 601 1.6 1.7
Health & Social Services 9 2,960 1.2 1.4
Manufacturing 2 2,811 1.7 1.8
Other Services 2 690 1.5 2.1
Primary 1 227 2.0 1.5
Public Administration 4 1,530 1.5 1.6
Trade & Finance nil nil nil 2.3
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 1 600 1.3 1.9
All Settlements 20 9,419 1.5 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, and Pharma Plus Drugmarts Ltd/Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd.


[1] Bargaining units with 150 or more employees

[2] Settlement includes $6,000 performance bonus following ratification, $2,000 quality bonus on December 2017, and lump sum payments of $2,000 on December 2018, December 2019, and December 2020.

[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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