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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?

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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.