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RSS FeedsOPG workers get raises twice the Tories´ wage hike limit
(The Star Travel)


14 november 2019 20:51:00

OPG workers get raises twice the Tories´ wage hike limit
(The Star Travel)

Thousands of Ontario Power Generation engineers and scientists are getting raises twice the legal limit of the Progressive Conservatives’ controversial new public-sector wage-cap law, the Star has learned.That’s thanks to a loophole in Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy’s Bill 124, which outlaws settlements of more than one per cent annually for most public servants.Even though the legislation passed last Thursday is retroactive to June 5, last Thursday was also the day an independent arbitrator awarded heftier raises to the 3,100 Society of United Professions (SUP) members.The unionized engineers, scientists, and other white-collar workers will receive two per cent wage increases next year and an additional two per cent in January 2021 with another 0.8 per cent the following November.“OPG respects the collective bargaining process and will respect the arbitration decision,” said Neal Kelly, a spokesman for the Crown-owned electricity utility whose employees are covered under Bill 124.“Throughout this process, OPG has been committed to achieving a fair and reasonable agreement that recognizes the operational needs of the company,” said Kelly.“The interest arbitration award was made by the independent arbitrator,” he said, referring to Kevin Burkett, a former alternate chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and one of Canada’s most prominent arbitrators.It affects about 36 per cent of OPG’s workforce. Most of the employees appear on the annual Sunshine List of public servants who earn more than $100,000 a year.Bethlenfalvy’s office said the settlement just made it under the wire thanks to a provision in the legislation.“For arbitration awards issued after June 5, but before the act came into force (on Nov. 8), the moderation period will apply to the next collective agreement after the collective agreement that gives effect to that award,” the treasury board president ...

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