Opseu Collective Agreement 2021

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) recently announced their collective agreement for 2021. This agreement is a significant milestone for OPSEU as it outlines the working conditions, benefits, and compensation for more than 155,000 members across the province in sectors such as healthcare, education, corrections, and government services.

One of the key highlights of the collective agreement is the wage increase for OPSEU members. Effective from January 1, 2021, members will receive a 1.4% salary increase. This increment includes a 0.7% general wage increase and a 0.7% market adjustment.

Additionally, the collective agreement also includes annual increases in various allowances, such as shift premiums, weekend premiums, and stand-by pay. These allowances are meant to compensate OPSEU members for working outside of regular hours or on weekends.

The new collective agreement also addresses job security for OPSEU members. It includes provisions for job protection, including the re-employment rights of laid-off workers. This provision is crucial, given the recent economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to massive job losses across various sectors.

The agreement also addresses issues related to health and safety in the workplace. The new provisions require employers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers who require it. OPSEU members who work in frontline positions such as healthcare and corrections will benefit from this provision immensely.

In terms of benefits, the collective agreement includes provisions for an extended health benefit plan, which covers prescription drugs, dental care, and vision care. Moreover, the agreement includes a provision for an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), which provides access to counseling and other essential services to OPSEU members and their families.

In conclusion, the 2021 collective agreement between OPSEU and the Ontario government is a significant step forward for the working conditions and benefits of OPSEU members. The wage increase, job security provisions, and health and safety standards are all necessary supports for frontline workers who have faced unprecedented challenges over the past year. This agreement is a testament to the dedication of OPSEU and the Ontario government to support the public service employees who serve the people of Ontario.