The OPSEU-OCWA Collective Agreement: What You Need to Know

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) recently ratified a new collective agreement, which will be in effect from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2023. This agreement covers over 800 OPSEU members who work for OCWA, including water and wastewater treatment plant operators, maintenance staff, and administrative support workers.

If you`re an employee of OCWA or are interested in the latest developments in Ontario`s labor laws, here`s what you need to know about the OPSEU-OCWA collective agreement.

1. Wage Increases

Under the new agreement, OPSEU members will receive a 1.6% wage increase per year of the contract. This means that their wages will rise by a total of 6.4% over the four years of the agreement. The first increase was retroactive to January 1, 2020.

2. Long-Term Disability

The new agreement includes an improved long-term disability plan for OPSEU members who have worked at OCWA for at least two years. The plan offers a higher monthly benefit, and the waiting period for coverage has been reduced from 180 days to 90 days.

3. Job Security

The collective agreement outlines several measures designed to enhance job security for OPSEU members at OCWA. For example, the agreement includes provisions that make it more difficult for the agency to contract out work that is currently performed by union members. The agreement also includes language that requires the agency to provide employees with at least 14 days` notice before changing their work schedules.

4. Health and Safety

The OPSEU-OCWA collective agreement includes several provisions aimed at improving workplace health and safety. For example, the agreement requires that all new OPSEU members receive health and safety training within their first three months of employment. The agreement also stipulates that the agency must provide personal protective equipment to employees who work in hazardous conditions.

5. Grievance Procedures

Finally, the collective agreement outlines a clear and transparent grievance procedure for OPSEU members who feel that their rights have been violated. This includes the appointment of a grievance officer who will investigate and mediate disputes between OPSEU members and the agency. In cases where disputes cannot be resolved through mediation, the grievance officer may recommend binding arbitration.

In summary, the OPSEU-OCWA collective agreement is a significant win for union members who work for the Ontario Clean Water Agency. With increased wages, job security, and superior health and safety provisions, OPSEU members are well-positioned to thrive in their roles at OCWA. If you`re an OCWA employee or are just interested in labor law, be sure to keep an eye on developments related to this critical collective agreement.