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Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC)

Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC)


Have a question?

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


Joint 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 http://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.

Your Central Employment Relations Committee


Neil Martin Local 546
Work: 647 627 4560
E: neilopseu@gmail.com


Chris Eckert  Local 584
Cell:  647.502.4945
E: cseckert40@gmail.com


Daryl O”Grady Local 456
Work: 613.967.2823
E: dogrady.opseu456@hotmail.com

Meet YOUR Central Employment Relations Committee
Chair Neil Martin

My name is Neil Martin and I am the CERC Chair representing the Unified Division.  I am also the Chair of the Ministry of Labour MERC team.  I have been on the MERC now for over six years.  I am the President of Local 546 representing the largest Ministry of Labour Office in the province as well as multiple ministries.  I am an industrial Occupational Health and Safety Inspector.  I have worked as OPSEU Staff in the positions of Health and Safety Officer and Staff Representative.

I am well versed in the issues that we are facing with the Ford government. I am up for the challenge and look forward in representing you for the next two years.

Vice-Chair Chris Eckert

Hello my name is Chris Eckert and I am the Vice Chair for the CERC. I came from the private sector construction and services to the OPS 15 years ago. I work for the Ontario Clean Water Agency and sit as the MERC Chair for the last 8 years along with being the local 584 President for 12 plus years, I was the Chair of the JHSC (Joint Health & Safety Committee) for 6 years.

In the round of bargaining in 2015, I was a mobilizer and part of the flying squad to get the government back to the table, along with supporting other members that were on strike at the time.  I was also on the 2021 OPS Unified Bargaining Team.

I have also been part of the OPSEU/SEFPO Team in delivering training for MERCs and LERCs along with becoming a certified instructor for the Workers Health & Safety Center through OPSEU/SEFPO.

I continue to learn more about the ongoing issues our members have, and working together to make the workplace better for everyone in it.

Member Daryl O’Grady

I began my career in the OPS in 2002 with the Ministry of Education.  I work as a Student Support Counsellor with the Provincial Schools Branch.  I’ve been fighting for the rights and entitlements of precarious workers since I joined the OPS.  The Provincial Schools Branch has over 600 precarious workers working with some of the most vulnerable children in the province.  In 2016 the Government decided to spend $1.8 million on consultations while shutting down the admissions to these schools.  Which would have resulted in the doors of each of these schools being closed.  I was the Ministry Employee Relations Committee Chair at that time and with the support of OPSEU President Smokey Thomas and a fight back campaign these schools remain open today.

I’ve been the Local President since 2009, was elected to the MERC in 2010, and was MERC Chair in 2012.  I was elected to the 2012 bargaining team and was a mobilizer for both 2008 and 2014 rounds of bargaining.  I was elected as the representative on the Convention Resolutions Committee from 2011-2019.  I’ve been a member on the JIBRC (Joint Insurance Benefit Committee) since April 2019 and I’m currently working on the OPS Pay Equity.

I’m looking forward to working with all the OPS Ministry Chairs as a member of the Central Employee Relations Committee.  I understand the challenges we face and hope that I can provide  leadership with the experience I’ve been able to gain over the past 10 years in leadership positions with OPSEU.

OPS All Chair Meeting Minutes

CERC Minutes

Note: (T & D): Training & Development

April 13, 2022
March 9, 2022
February 2, 2022
January 12, 2022
November 3, 2021
September 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
June 2, 2021
May 5, 2021
March 3, 2021
February 3, 2021
January 13, 2021
December 2, 2020
November 4, 2020
October 7, 2020
September 16, 2020
April 1, 2020
March 4, 2020
January 8, 2020
December 4, 2019
November 6, 2019
October 2, 2019
September 4, 2019
July 3, 2019
June 5, 2019
May 1, 2019
April 3, 2019
February 20, 2019
December 5, 2018
July 4, 2018
May 2, 2018 CERC Minutes
April 4, 2018

March 7, 2018 CERC Minutes
January 3, 2018
October 4, 2017 CERC Minutes
September 6, 2017 CERC Minutes
August 2, 2017 CERC Minutes
July 5, 2017 CERC Minutes
June 7, 2017 CERC Minutes
May 3, 2017 CERC Minutes
April 5, 2017 CERC Minutes
January 4, 2017 CERC Minutes
December 7, 2016 CERC Minutes
November 2, 2016 CERC Minutes
September 7, 2016 CERC Minutes
August 3, 2016 CERC Minutes 
July 6, 2016 CERC Minutes
June 1, 2016 CERC Minutes
May 4, 2016 CERC Minutes
April 6, 2016 CERC Minutes
March 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.

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