MPAC workers ratify new 3-year agreement

Includes 1.4 per cent lump sum payment, 1.4 per cent wage increases

Front-line staff at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached by their bargaining team on June 17.

Members across the province voted 90 per cent in favour of the deal. The new agreement includes a 1.4 per cent lump sum payment in the first year, along with 1.4 per cent wage increases in the second and third years of the agreement.

It also includes an end-of-year shutdown that will provide paid leave to all staff between noon on December 24 and New Year's Day, starting in 2017. This replaces two floating holidays, for a net increase of a half-day of paid leave.

"This agreement protects members from many of the effects of employer takeaways over the life of this agreement, including changes to post-retirement health benefits," said David Lynch, chair of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) bargaining team. "It also includes financial support for members that will help to offset the cost of accreditation and professional membership fees."

"The strong vote of support for this deal is a testament to the hard work of not only the whole bargaining team, but all the members across the province who supported our team tirelessly throughout this process."

The three-year collective agreement also includes increases in union leave, mileage provisions, and improvements for temporary workers.

OPSEU members at MPAC are responsible for ensuring properties in Ontario arevalued correctly. Every four years, these 1,400 members  assess the value of more than five million properties across Ontario.

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