Ontario's public servants demand equal treatment

They want what MPPs got: independent assessment and binding arbitration
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Ontario’s bureaucrats have had it and they’re not going to take it anymore.

That’s the warning 5,500 of the province’s public service managers and professionals are sending. That message is going out to the government and the senior bureaucrats who are their bosses, and also to the public in an ad campaign.

The union representing the managers, the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO), has launched a $25,000 campaign to state their case and bring public attention to their situation. The managers want the same treatment afforded MPPs earlier this earlier: an assessment of their salaries and working conditions performed by an independent arbitrator whose decision would be binding. When an arbitrator looked at the MPPs’ pay, they received a 36.6 per cent raise over three years.

The public service employees complain that their hours are long and their pay is bad. A study sponsored by AMAPCEO revealed that the salaries for public sector managers are around 21 per cent lower than in the private sector. The average salary range for a AMAPCEO member is $53,000 to $66,000 a year.

The managers also want their pensions improved and overtime pay.

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