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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.

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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.

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Is Brock currently in collective bargaining with any employee groups?

Yes, Brock is currently negotiating renewal collective agreements with two unions:

  • 1. IATSE, Local 461 – Expired June 5, 2014 (Represents Stagehands in the Brock Centre for the Arts and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts);
  • 2. CUPE, Local 4207-3 – Expired July 6, 2014 (Represents ESL Instructors)

Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association (representing Faculty and Professional Librarians) ratified a three-year agreement for the period between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017.

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What happens if, during collective bargaining, the employer and the union cannot agree on the terms of a collective agreement?

Either the employer or the union may apply to the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer. This officer will then try to help the parties reach an agreement.

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What is conciliation?

Conciliation is a process by which a union or an employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in reaching a collective agreement.

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Has either party requested the appointment of a conciliation officer?

Yes, CUPE, Local 4207-3 requested the appointment of a conciliation officer on September 11, 2014. The University continues its negotiations with IATSE, Local 461 with the next meeting scheduled on September 24, 2014.

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What if the employer and the union cannot reach agreement in conciliation?

The conciliation officer informs the Ministry of Labour that a collective agreement could not be reached. The Ministry of Labour then issues a notice informing the union and the employer that the ministry “does not consider it advisable to appoint a conciliation board”. This notice is commonly known as the “no-board report”.

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Has a “no-board report” been requested by either party?

Neither party has requested a “no board report” at this time. The University anticipates that negotiations with CUPE, Local 4207 – 3 will continue with the assistance of the conciliation officer.

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