19 Grudzień 2020

Understanding Your Collective Agreement

Autor: Anna Pilsniak. Kategorie: Bez kategorii .

Adjudication/Arbitration is a hearing before an impartial third party, who hears the case and then writes a final and binding decision. Whether it is through a decision at the level of the appeal procedure or by a decision of an adjudicator/arbitrator, the result of a claim is that your interpretation of the collective agreement, as applied in certain circumstances, is either confirmed or denied. If the same circumstances were to occur at a later date, the definition of your rights will be based on the collective agreement on the decision on the previous claim. However, the interpretation of the collective agreement may be erroneous if applied to a set of circumstances, but it may be valid if applied to a totally different set of circumstances. After a collective agreement has been reached, it must be made available to workers and employers must provide a copy to new workers when they are covered by the agreement under the coverage clause. A democratic approval procedure by which the members of the bargaining unit vote in favour of the adoption or rejection of the interim collective agreement concluded by the University and the Union. The ratification vote will take place at the end of collective bargaining, following an interim agreement between the university and the Union. All members of the bargaining unit have the right to vote, with the exception of CUPE 3902, which requires that the interim agreement be approved at an „ascension session” prior to the tariff-wide vote. Each member of the bargaining unit gets one vote. If more than half of the votes are to accept the provisional agreement, it will be concluded and implemented.

If more than two employees in your workplace are covered by a registered union, it is likely that your employees will be covered by a collective agreement. A collective agreement is the formal employment contract that was ratified and signed after a collective bargaining process. Collective agreements cover issues similar to those of individual agreements, but conditions are agreed between an employer and a union representing the group of workers. The group of employees will have the same agreement, usually with a pay scale for different jobs or different levels in jobs. Before the union can enter into collective bargaining, it must be certified by the Labour Council. In a short period of time after the certification is received, the union will begin collective bargaining (or negotiations) with the employer. The aim of the negotiations is to reach agreement on the many issues that can be included in the agreement. The involvement of trade unions and strict guidelines can make it difficult to develop a collective agreement. For advice and assistance, call Employsure on 0800 675 700. Therefore, a good rule of thumb to follow is always try to improve your rights – never sell them short! In certain circumstances, ensure the most favourable interpretation that the collective agreement may provide.

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