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Issues Caused by Centralized Bargaining


The recent Ontario provincial budget identified a movement to centralized bargaining as a priority of the current government. Given this information, representatives from community services who are non-unionized approached our peers in British Columbia who have had a centralized bargaining system in place since the 90s.


Issues Relayed

• an underrepresentation and at times exclusion of the issues and concerns of the non-unionized organization, families and individuals from the process
• a disparity in funding and wages between unionized and non-unionized groups, thus increasing pressure on groups to unionize
• increase in the cost of service
• decrease in service flexibility and innovation
• decrease in responsiveness to family needs
• decrease in choice for individuals and for families
• a shift in focus away from individuals, families, and values to collective bargaining, strike mandates, and higher wages

Why is fair and equal treatment of all agencies, unionized and non-unionized, important?

•To ensure a balance between a commitment to individuals and a commitment to advocacy for fair and equal compensation for staff

•To ensure that the needs of vulnerable citizens of Ontario do not become secondary to labour pressures

•To ensure that the voices of vulnerable citizens of Ontario and their families are hea