With a certification, a union gains the right to compel the employer to engage in collective bargaining with the union on behalf of the employees it represents. The goal of collective bargaining is a collective agreement, which is a binding contract between the union and employer concerning the terms and conditions of employment for employees in the bargaining unit.
Collective bargaining refers to the process of negotiating a collective agreement. Mandatory procedures and provisions for collective bargaining are set out in the Labour Relations Code. The actual dynamics, strategies and challenges in a collective bargaining process will, of course, depend largely on the specific circumstances of the parties and the workplace. Some further information can be find in the Code Guide published by the Labour Relations Board.
For the uninitiated, the collective bargaining process can be a daunting task. If you are facing the prospect of negotiating a collective agreement for your workforce, you may wish to seek expert labour-relations advice and assistance.
Information provided by Ryan Anderson, an employment lawyer with Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP. The information provided in this article is necessarily of a general nature and must not be regarded as legal advice. For more information about Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, please visit mathewsdinsdale.com.