At the end of the negotiation process, members may vote by secret ballot to adopt or reject the new agreement. Similarly, the read board of the Board of Governors must ratify the collective agreement. Both sides must ratify an agreement before it can be implemented. As an option, both parties must give their consent. It is a neutral third party that helps the parties negotiate an agreement. The Ministry of Labour can provide additional assistance by appointing a government mediator, or both parties can hire a private mediator to help them reach an agreement. Yes, yes. The two sides continue to negotiate for a collective agreement. Conciliation can be requested by both parties and is a common step in the negotiations. This process is offered by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to help secure a collective agreement. Each party can apply to the department for a conciliator. Conciliators focus on establishing a collective agreement. Conciliation is mandatory before the parties can strike or lock out.
If conciliation does not result in an agreement, a legal strike or lockout may begin on the 17th day following the publication by the Minister of Labour of a written notification to the employer and the union that the conciliation is over. During this “countdown” period, negotiations will continue. [Reference: Ontario – Https://www.ontario.ca/page/collective-bargaining#section-3] A strike or lockout does not happen overnight; There is a lot of warning and planning. [Reference: Ontario – Https://www.ontario.ca/page/collective-bargaining#section-3] The process of negotiating collective agreements requires careful and thorough preparation, and part of this preparation includes the creation of an action committee. As LUFA continues to negotiate in good faith with the BoG LU to reach a fair and equitable collective agreement, our members must begin to prepare for the possibility of a “no board” report that, 17 days later, would put us on a legal strike or a lockout position. No union enters into negotiations with the intention of facing a strike (or lockout), but the LUFA would have a duty to represent its members and not pursue its objectives as far as possible, as stipulated by labour law, if we did not foresee the possibility of a strike.