Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

First Collective Agreement Mediation

Description

Where following the issuance of a certification order by the Labour Relations Board, a trade union certified as a bargaining agent and an employer have been engaged in collective bargaining to conclude a first collective agreement and have failed to do so within 60 days (75 by mutual agreement) after the date notice to bargain was served, the Minister shall appoint a first collective agreement mediator to assist the parties in concluding a first collective agreement.

A certification order is an order issued by the Labour Relations Board following a Board determination that a union has met the legislative requirements to become the legal bargaining agent for a group of employees.

Appointment Process

  • The Labour Relations Board is contacted on a bi-weekly basis to determine if any new certification orders have been issued.
  • Upon receipt of a certification order from the Labour Relations Board, letters are sent to the employer and union requesting a copy of the notice to bargain.
  • Prior to the 60 calendar days expiring from the date notice to bargain is served, the parties are contacted to determine if a collective agreement has been concluded. If not an additional 15 day extension may be granted upon mutual agreement of the parties.
  • If no collective agreement is reached within the prescribed time frame, a first collective agreement mediator is appointed.

Decision-Making Process

Day 1: Certification order is received from the Labour Relations Board.

Day 2: Initial contact is made with the employer and union to obtain contact information.

Day 3-5: Letters are sent to the employer and union advising them of the obligations under the Labour Relations Act for first collective agreements and requesting a copy of the notice to bargain.

Follow Up

Day 60: Employer and union are contacted to determine if a collective agreement has been concluded and, if not, whether a 15 day extension is desired.

Day 75: If an extension was granted, contact is made to determine if the parties have reached a collective agreement. In the absence of a collective agreement having been finalized, a first collective agreement mediator is appointed.

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Inquiries

Inquiries can be directed to (709) 729-2711

 
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