OPSEU and staff union reach agreement

Deal signed after strike deadline

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU ) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU), the union representing its frontline office staff.

The new agreement is the second one this round of bargaining. An earlier deal inked June 30 was rejected by OPSSU members at a ratification meeting July 16.

"This round of bargaining with our staff was not without its ups and downs, but both sides worked hard to reach an agreement and we succeeded," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU president.

The tentative agreement, signed shortly after a strike deadline set for 12:01 a.m. Aug. 25, has been unanimously endorsed by the bargaining teams of both parties.

Details of the new agreement are not being released pending ratification. OPSSU will hold its ratification meeting on or before Aug. 28. The OPSEU Executive Board will do so on or before Aug. 29.

The current collective agreement, which expired June 30, remains in force until then.

OPSEU staff work at 20 regional offices around Ontario and at two head office sites.

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