The negotiated agreement was reached by both sides coming to the table and working co-operatively, said the province in a news release. The centrepiece of the agreement is a commitment to implement a two-year wage freeze as part of the government's ongoing effort to restore fiscal balance to the province while maintaining the valued public services upon which Ontario families rely.
OPSEU represents about 35,280 Ontario Public Service employees. The previous collective agreement with OPSEU expired on December 31, 2012.
The government and OPSEU must ratify the tentative agreement before details can be released.
“I want to thank the leadership of OPSEU for spending approximately 700 hours with us at the bargaining table to reach an agreement that will protect public services and jobs,” said Minister of Finance and Minister of Government Services Dwight Duncan.
“This deal will help us meet our fiscal targets and it shows how everyone has a role to play to help Ontario eliminate the deficit.”