Ontario Public Service

Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC)

Have a question?

Send the CERC team an email at cerc@opseu.org


FileJoint CERC Referral Form

About Us

The purpose of the Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC) is to promote and facilitate consultation and communication between OPSEU and our OPS employer on issues of joint interest. We make sure that what was bargained in the collective agreement is actually happening in our workplaces. If a multi-Ministry workplace policy is unfair, we file a policy grievance.

We are your bargaining team between rounds of bargaining. When the union is not negotiating a collective agreement, the CERC is the forum for discussion and resolution of corporate labour relations matters that affect OPSEU members in more than one Ministry.

The CERC team and the chairs of each Ministry Enforcement and Renewal Committee (MERC) form a working group that meets regularly to address issues in each Ministry. These issues are addressed directly with the employer at the senior level. This senior level for the government is Management Board Secretariat.

Here’s how it works

Each Local in the Ontario Public Service should have an elected Local Enforcement and Renewal Committee (LERC) which meets with local management to resolve issues that have been brought to their attention. Minutes of LERC meetings are distributed and posted in each workplace.

Issues not resolved at the Local level may be referred to the MERC. The MERC team addresses issues that affect members in the whole Ministry. The minutes of these meetings are posted on the employer’s and union’s websites.

To have a Local issue addressed at the Ministry level, send a copy of the local minutes that outline the unresolved issue to your MERC Chair, with a completed referral form. Referral forms are attached to the minutes of each MERC meeting. For a complete listing of MERCs and how to contact them, please see https://www.opseu.org/content/ministry-employee-relations-committees-team-listing.

Issues not resolved at the Ministry level are referred to the Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC) for resolution. The CERC also deals with issues that affect the OPS as a whole. The CERC meets once a month. Minutes of meetings are also posted on the employer’s and union’s websites.

Meet YOUR Central Employment Relations Committee


Mickey Riccardi started working for the OPS as a Co-op student eventually securing fulltime employment at the Ministry of Labour in the Human Resources Branch.  Mickey has worked for the OPS for 27 years.  In 1994, Mickey became an Industrial Training Officer (Training Consultant), known today as Employment Training Consultant, for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

She considers herself a longtime activist with a wealth of knowledge and experience given to her by this great union.  In 2002 Mickey was elected as an alternate to MTCU's MERC team. In 2004 Mickey was elected as the MERC Co-chair. She has held numerous Union positions within OPSEU such as a CERC alternate, Steward, Local president, 1st VP and Region 1 mobilizer.

In 2008, she was given an opportunity through OPSEU to act as a Staff  Representative.  Her first assignment as Acting Staff Representative was for 2½ years in the Windsor Regional Office.  In 2011, she undertook another assignment as Acting Staff Representative in the London Area office which lasted for a 1 year period.

She is committed, dedicated and passionate and welcomes the opportunity to listen to your concerns and to work and advocate on your behalf.   She is looking forward to being a member of this newly elected CERC team.


Neil Martin Local 546
Work: 416.476.6975
E: neilopseu@gmail.com


William Larose Local 634
Work: 705.497.5207
E: wlarose3@gmail.com


Haran Thurairasah Local 502
Work: 416.325.6570
E: haranthurairasah@rogers.com

CERC Minutes

Note: (T & D): Training & Development

PDF iconDecember 5, 2018
PDF iconJuly 4, 2018
PDF iconMay 2, 2018 CERC Minutes
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April 4, 2018

PDF iconMarch 7, 2018 CERC Minutes
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PDF iconOctober 4, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconSeptember 6, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconAugust 2, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconJuly 5, 2017 CERC Minutes
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PDF iconMay 3, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconApril 5, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconJanuary 4, 2017 CERC Minutes
PDF iconDecember 7, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconNovember 2, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconSeptember 7, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconAugust 3, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconJuly 6, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconJune 1, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconMay 4, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconApril 6, 2016 CERC Minutes
PDF iconMarch 2, 2016 CERC Minutes
February 3, 2016 CERC Minutes
January 6, 2016 CERC Minutes
December 2, 2015 CERC Minutes
September 04, 2014
June 04, 2014
April 2, 2014
March 5, 2014
February 5, 2014
January 8, 2014
December 04, 2013
November 6, 2013
October 2, 2013
September 4, 2013
August 7, 2013
July 10, 2013
June 05, 2013
April 3, 2013
February 6, 2013
August 1, 2012
July 4, 2012
June 6, 2012
May 8, 2012
March 22, 2012 (T&D)
March 7, 2012
February 8, 2012
January 11, 2012
December 7, 2011
November 2, 2011
October 21, 2011 (T & D)
October 5, 2011
September 7, 2011
August 3, 11
July 6, 2011
June 30, 2011 (T & D)
June 1, 2011
May 4, 2011
April 13, 2011
March 24, 2011 (T & D)
March 2, 2011
February 24, 2011  (T & D)
February 15, 2011
January 5, 2011
December 16, 2010 (T & D)
December 1, 2010
October 6, 2010
September 8, 2010
July 7, 2010
June 17, 2010 (T & D)
June 2, 2010
May 12, 2010
April 29, 2010 (T & D)
March 3, 2010
February 2010
January 6, 2010

OPSEU and the Centre For Employee Relations are pleased to announce the re-launch of the joint ERC Training program.

Please see the attachment below for more details.

PDF iconIntranet Site Update
PDF iconRegistration Form

Publication Date: 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:00pm