The Collective Bargaining Process

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An overview of what the collective bargaining process entails for the workforce and the employer.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, Halifax Shipyard provided Unifor Local 1, the bargaining agent for you, our shipbuilders, with a Notice to Bargain.  This is the first step to the start of negotiating our next collective agreement with Local 1.

Realizing that the Local 1 workforce has changed and grown since the last round of collective bargaining at Halifax Shipyard, we would like to take this opportunity to provide an overview of what this process entails.

Collective bargaining is a process where an employer and its unionized employees (represented by Local 1) negotiate working conditions including salaries and benefits. Each party decides who will represent them in Collective Bargaining and these groups become the bargaining teams. The bargaining teams then meet and discuss the issues until they come to an agreement.

When the Company and the Union bargaining teams get to the point of reaching a tentative agreement, the Union’s bargaining team takes that agreement to the employees, who get to vote on whether they agree to the tentative agreement.

If more than half of the employees vote in favour of the tentative agreement, it becomes the new Collective Agreement for the parties.

In the event that the parties can’t come to an agreement, there are options available to the parties. To understand these options please consult the Collective Bargaining process flow chart.

Isi Collective Bargaining Flowchart Final
The Collective Bargaining Process