OPSEU calls for 'final' offer vote in Ontario contract talks
Dalton McGuinty wants labour peace in this province, there had better
be a dramatic shift in his position.' - OPSEU president Leah Casselman
Toronto - Bargaining representatives for the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) called for a final offer vote on
contract negotiations for 45,000 employees of the Ontario government.
At a media conference at Queen's Park, OPSEU president Leah Casselman
said there has been no real movement at the bargaining table for a
number of weeks, a situation she called unacceptable.
"Every proposal we have put forward to the government has been
rejected," said Casselman. "The only word they are familiar with is
'No.' We thought we were bargaining with the McGuinty Liberals, not
the Harris Tories."
Under Ontario Public Service bargaining procedures, rejection of the
government's "final" offer also gives the bargaining teams a strike
mandate. Casselman refused to speculate on whether there would be a
"Our teams are not at the table to bargain a strike," Casselman said.
"However, if (Premier) Dalton McGuinty wants labour peace in this
province, there had better be a dramatic shift in his position at the
Casselman said the complete lack of cooperation shown by the
government during talks is forcing the bargaining teams to call for
the final offer vote.
"It is clear this is the only way we can get any kind of legitimate
offer from the McGuinty Liberals," Casselman said. "Once we have that
offer, our teams will review it and the members will vote on it later
this month." NUPGE
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11 May 2005