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Collective Bargaining Highlights – September 2017

  • Issued: March 19 2018
  • Content last reviewed: March 2018

Third Quarter Overview

For the third quarter of 2017, the average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.8% (48 settlements[1]; 55,389 employees). The average duration of negotiations was 9.2 months.

Since January 2017, there have been 37 work disruptions under Ontario jurisdiction. These disruptions involved 7,679 employees which represents an estimated loss of 0.01% of work time in Ontario.

September Bargaining Overview

In September, 13 settlements[2] were ratified covering approximately 9,901 employees. The AAI was 1.6% (1.8% public sector; 0.6% private sector). Two settlements reported lump sum or signing bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 2.0% for settlements in the manufacturing industry. The agreement between the University of Toronto and United Steelworkers had the largest number of employees (approximately 4,341 employees in the Staff Appointed unit) who received an AAI of 1.9%.

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

Table 1: Average Annual Increased by Industry - September
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January - September
Construction nil nil nil 1.5
Education & Related Services 3 5,434 1.9 1.7
Health & Social Services 3 850 1.2 1.4
Manufacturing 1 160 2.0 1.9
Other Services 1 795 0.0 2.1
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 3 1,340 1.9 1.6
Trade & Finance nil nil nil 2.3
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 2 1,322 0.8 1.9
All Settlements 13 9,901 1.6 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook[3]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Government of Ontario (Correctional Unit), Bell Canada, Canada Post Corp., Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Bruce Power Lp/ Bruce Power Inc.

[1]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2]Bargaining units with 150 or more 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 publication’s point in time.

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