Last week OLIP ventured out once again to the bustling area around Yonge-Dundas square to visit the headquarters of the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario, though the organization typically goes by the much briefer AMAPCEO.
Gary Gannage, the president of AMAPCEO, walked us through the membership and responsibilities of AMAPCEO as well as the challenges the association faces in its dealings with the provincial government of Ontario. The diverse membership of the organization presented unique challenges as AMAPCEO’s membership comprises neither the upper-most management in the OPS, nor the ‘on the ground’-type employees. Most interesting was the organizational (and Mr. Gannage’s) push for an increased presence for the association, namely with all three provincial parties.
Meeting with the association which represents a large portion of the machinery of the provincial public service opened our eyes to another portion of the political process and we came out of the meeting with a better understanding of the issues surrounding the OPS and their representatives.