February, 2002: Article 3
Get back the 12 per cent youíve lost already
Since Jan. 1, 1994, you, as an OPS employee, have lost over 12 per cent of your buying power to inflation. In total, OPSEU members in the OPS have sacrificed over $900 million in wages alone to keep the province running over the last eight years.
At the Central table, your OPSEU bargaining team has asked your employer for a deliberately modest 12 per cent pay hike over two years.
This is a modest and reasonable demand. Hereís why: With inflation projected at two per cent per year over the next two years, our wage demand is still too small to bring our buying power on Jan. 1, 2004 up to the level it was at on Jan. 1, 1994.
A 12 per cent pay hike is not a raise. Itís wage recovery Ė and partial wage recovery at that. But it sets the stage for real progress in future rounds.
MPPs are getting 36.6 per cent. Does 1.95 per year really work for you?