Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration with the New Government
OMA Statement, June 22, 2018
Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration with the New Government
OMA Statement, June 22, 2018
June 22, 2018

An Olive Branch


In the week following the provincial election, the government-elect reached out to OMA leadership, expressing its desire to reset the relationship between doctors and government. In fact, their negotiating team subsequently wrote to OMA negotiations counsel on June 17, with a formal request to replace the July arbitration dates with negotiation/mediation to explore the possibility of reaching a mutually acceptable settlement.  After much discussion on June 20, the OMA Board accepted.

The letter stated that the new government was committed to “improving the relationship with Ontario’s doctors and in doing so is likely to revisit the negotiation mandate.” The original negotiations mandate was set by the former government, and it marked the boundaries within which the government’s negotiating team was required to function. This is the mandate that the new government now wishes to reconsider once it takes office on June 29. 

The arbitration dates in question fall on July 3, 4, and 19. The government negotiating team proposed to replace these dates with negotiation/mediation. This does not change the fact that either party could trigger a return to arbitration at any time. If triggered, arbitration would resume on the currently scheduled dates in September and October.

This was a complex and difficult decision. Uppermost in our thoughts was to fight for the best contract possible for our members. That’s why the Board decided that the benefits of a cautious trial of negotiation/mediation with the new government outweighed the risks. 

Dr. Nadia Alam,
OMA President