By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
As was the case with the rest of the province, Oshawa and Durham Region found themselves with more people making six-figure salaries.
This is according to the latest provincial public salary disclosure – better known as the Sunshine List – which lists all publicly paid employees in the province making more than $100,00 per year. This year’s list contains the names of more than 115,000 people. This marks a 3.5-per-cent increase over last year, when more than 111,000 people were on the list.
Oshawa, however, had a different reason than many other communities in province did for its growing number of $100,000-plus earners – the end of negotiations with firefighters.
While the list for 2015 is nearly double that compared to the year before – 229 versus 114 – much of the increase is due to the retroactive payouts to firefighters.
“Retroactive salary increases for 2012, 2013 and 2014 were paid out to firefighters in 2015, resulting from an arbitration award with Local IAFF 465, one of the city’s largest bargaining units, and adding 100 employees to the 2015 list,” a news release from the city reads.
“Excluding the impact of the arbitration award, there were four additional employees on the 2015 list compared to 2014.”
Beverly Hendry, the commissioner of corporate services and one-time interim city manager, topped Oshawa’s list, raking in more than $230,000.
Over at the region, the list continued to grow, breaking the four-digit barrier, hitting 1,090 names. This marks an increase of just under 10 per cent from last year, when the number was at 992.
As was the case last year, Garry Cubitt, the region’s chief administrative officer, topped the Durham side of the list, making more than $348,000.
Across the province
A familiar face found himself as the top earner in the public sector for 2015.
Once again, Tom Mitchell, the now former CEO of Ontario Power Generation, pulling in a tidy sum of $1.528 million, along with more than $66,000 in taxable benefits.
Not far behind is William Moriarty, the president and CEO of the University Of Toronto’s Asset Management Corporation, who made $1.473 million, plus $1,835.16 in benefits.
In third was Barbara Gail Anderson, the senior vice president and chief financial officer for the organizing committee for the PanAm Games, bringing in just under $845,000, plus an additional $18,000 in benefits.
Numerous names from the PanAm committee populated many of the top spots in this year’s Sunshine List, making up four of the top 10 positions.
One group that found themselves absent from this year’s Sunshine List were workers of Hydro One, which has become exempt from the list since going private last year.
For our full coverage of this year’s Sunshine List, see the March 30 edition of The Oshawa Express.