15 Feb Welcome Bill 57
For a number of years, the ESSC has worked to advocate for changes to Ontario’s arbitration system as it relates to collective bargaining with emergency services. Make no mistake – municipalities value the work that is done daily by the men and women of police, fire and paramedicine. However, with the cost of emergency services rising at a rate far higher than inflation, steps needed to be taken to address the way collective bargaining agreements are reached in these sectors.
This is why the ESSC is pleased with the reforms in Bill 57 as they relate to arbitration in the fire service. Reforms that include the adoption of a single arbitrator model and new criteria to be considered by arbitrators in rendering awards on wages, benefits and management rights. Municipalities will now be able to advance arguments about the fiscal health of their community, and expand the scope of comparators to include other bargaining units within the municipality.
In the coming month, the ESSC we will be reaching out to all of our municipal partners to work together to ensure we are able to optimize fire bargaining in light of Bill 57.