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OPSEU and AMAPCEO ensure smooth transition for unionized workers from ORC to AGCO

Group of OPSEU and AMAPCEO members and workers.

Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has worked with the AMAPCEO (a union representing professional employees in Ontario) to ensure a smooth transition for unionized workers, as a result of the merger agreement between employees of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The ORC will be dissolved and the AGCO will become the regulator of horse racing in Ontario, effective April 1, 2016 as stipulated in The Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015 passed in November 2015.

All AMAPCEO members who were employed by the ORC will now transfer to the AGCO in a bargaining unit represented by OPSEU and its Local 565.  “I’m pleased that AMAPCEO,  OPSEU and the AGCO were all able to work collaboratively to achieve a smooth transition for the members. This is a testament to the value of belonging to a union, and the positive relationship between AMAPCEO and OPSEU,” said Dave Bulmer, AMAPCEO president.

“I’d like to welcome the new members and commend our team for the collaborative effort in making the transformation smooth,” said OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “OPSEU and AGCO employees will ensure that these industries are operated with integrity, financial responsibility and in the public interest.”

Nigel Edwards, OPSEU Local 565 president, is excited to have new members join the local. “We welcome these new members from across the province. In the coming weeks, through member meetings and steward orientation, Local 565 will support their transition into OPSEU,” said Edwards. 

OPSEU Local 565 members are the front line employees of the AGCO – a crown corporation reporting to the Ministry of Attorney General and responsible for the regulation of the alcohol and charitable and casino gambling industries, as well as provincially run lotteries and ticket retailers.

For more information: 
Bernard King, OPSEU Staff Representative, 
416-443-8888 (1-800-268-7376) ext. 2482


From left to right: Burke Moffat, AMAPCEO Labour Relations Specialist, Bernard King, OPSEU Staff Representative, Allyson Williams, AMAPCEO ORC Transition Team, Gunnar Lindberg, AMAPCEO ORC Transition Team, Nigel Edwards, President OPSEU Local 565, Dave Bulmer, AMAPCEO President