The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees (AMAPCEO) is encouraged by the Ontario government’s proposed Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, saying the legislation is a step in the right direction for labour and employment reform.
In a statement, AMAPCEO, a group that represents 13,500 provincial public service professionals, said the new legislation, which includes amendments to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, is encouraging. The group is also pleased that many of their recommendations are part of the reforms including removing what the group calls several outdated exemptions for Crown employees.
“Many of these changes will help Ontario and its workers catch up to a changing labour market,” AMAPCEO President Dave Bulmer said in a statement. “Not only does it address some of the challenges facing public sector workers, but the growing number of young and marginalized people in part-time, contract, freelance or otherwise precarious employment."
Bulmer continued to laud the legislation.
“For too long, the professionals in these roles have had their constitutional rights curtailed," Bulmer said. “AMAPCEO will continue to be a strong voice on this issue. It’s time we restore union rights to these workers.”
AMAPCEO, founded in 1992, represents professional and supervisory public servants, the majority of whom work for the Government of Ontario.