Town of Bracebridge and OPSEU Local 305 Ratify New Five-Year Collective Agreement


Mayor Graydon Smith confirmed today that the terms of a new five-year Collective Agreement between the Town of Bracebridge and the Ontario Union of Public Employees (OPSEU) Local 305 have been ratified by Town Council.

OPSEU Local 305 represents approximately 43 full-time and casual staff working in a variety of operational, recreation programming, clerical, administrative and technical positions throughout the Corporation.

The new agreement will replace the one that expired on May 31, 2016.  The new collective agreement will run from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2021.

The tentative settlement was reached on November 23, 2016 and was ratified during voting by the Union on December 6, 2016.

Mayor Smith recognized the thorough and professional approach that was adopted by the Union during the negotiations.  “OPSEU represented their members well while understanding the fiscal challenges of the municipality and our taxpayers”, said Smith. “I’m pleased that an agreement was reached which is fair and reasonable for both the Town and Union members.”

As a member of the negotiating committee, Deputy Mayor Maloney indicated that “the new agreement is the result of a focused and collaborative effort by both negotiating teams.  This agreement introduces benefit cost containment, includes fair wage adjustments and provides labour stability for the parties for the foreseeable future.”

The settlement provides for a wage increase of 1.5% on June 1 in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, with 1.6% on June 1, 2019 and 1.7% on June 1, 2020.  The settlement also provides for cost containment on dental benefit coverage that continues to provide competitive benefits for staff while realizing long-term savings for the community.



  1. Once again local residents get frigged. Only 43 workers out of roughly 1500 residents. How are unions legal when they provide for so small a portion of local workers? My partner works almost 50 hrs a pay and hasnt had a raise in 5 years, hes worked for the same mill for 13 years, they couldnt opperate without him, he makes less than $15 hr as a saw operator. Spread around the fairness a bit eh? One of secretaries at town spelled 99 ninedy nine, somehow she gets a yearly wage…


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