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What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement is a written contract of employment covering a group of employees who are represented by a trade union. This agreement contains provisions governing the terms and conditions of employment.


What is collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining is a process in which a trade union and an employer negotiate a first collective agreement or the renewal of a previous collective agreement.


Is Brock currently in collective bargaining with any employee groups?

Collective agreements between Brock University and the following three unions will expire in 2014:

  • IATSE, Local 461 – Expires June 5, 2014
    Represents Stagehands in the Brock Centre for the Arts and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
  • BUFA – Expires June 30, 2014
    Represents Faculty and Professional Librarians.
  • CUPE, Local 4207, Unit 3 – Expires July 6, 2014
    Represents ESL Instructors.

How are negotiations for a collective agreement commenced?

Either the employer or the union may provide a written notice of its desire to bargain within the 90 days before the current agreement is due to expire, or during any other time period specifically outlined in the agreement.  Regardless of who serves the notice, the Labour Relations Act obligates the parties to meet within 15 days from the giving of the notice, unless the parties agree to some other time period.


Has either the University or the Union provided written notice of its desire to bargain?

Yes. The University has provided notice to bargain to IATSE (March 7, 2014), BUFA (April 1, 2014) and CUPE 4207-3 (April 7, 2014)