TORONTO Ė Property assessment, assessment reviews and preparation
of the votersí list for the fall municipal election could grind to a
halt May 1.
Thatís the earliest legal strike date for nearly 2,000 members of
the Ontario Public Service Employees Union who work for the Ontario
Property Assessment Corporation (OPAC). They voted 83 per cent in
favour of strike action if necessary to achieve a fair first contract.
There was an 85 per cent turnout for the strike vote.
OPAC was divested from the Ontario government in 1998 and given the
responsibility for property assessment across the province. OPAC also
prepares the municipal votersí lists.
The union has been in negotiations for a first contract with the
divested agency for about a year. Key issues outstanding include
wages, seniority and rights for contract staff.
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For further information:
Katie FitzRandolph (OPSEU Communications) (416) 448-7440