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OPS Table Talk 2015 Issue 24 – The talks are back on!

A message from your Central/Unified and Corrections Teams

On September 3, the President of OPSEU, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, announced that the union and the employer had agreed to resume bargaining next week. The announcement was echoed by Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board Secretariat.

The notice of the resumption of talks puts an indefinite hold on the time-consuming negotiations around emergency essential services (EES) that had been ongoing in the wake of the employer’s refusal to bargain.

In his statement, Thomas said he was “cautiously optimistic” that a deal could be reached. However, no timeline was given, and it remains to be seen what the employer will bring to the table.

In the meantime, we ask that you continue to maintain pressure on the employer to bargain in good faith. While the announcement is welcome news, we must remain resolute, vigilant and united. We have ably demonstrated to the employer that we refuse to bear the financial responsibility of the government’s reckless mistakes and unseemly scandals.

Let’s continue to show the employer – and Ontarians everywhere – that We Can Do It!

In solidarity,

Your Central/Unified and Corrections Bargaining Teams

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Related: OPS Bargaining 2014 Index Page