On the Canadian government`s websites, there is a great deal of information on collective bargaining in Canada, upcoming collective bargaining, work stoppages, wage agreements, ratified comparisons, etc. Through role-playing, participants have the opportunity to witness the process, design contractual language projects, negotiate an agreement (wages, benefits and working conditions) and deepen their understanding of the negotiating committee`s role throughout the negotiations. We are debating the ratification process and the role of the commission in presenting an interim agreement for members. The importance of collective bargaining is also taken into account, as an opportunity to engage members, to link members to the union and, therefore, to strengthen the local union. This program will provide members of the negotiating committee with a solid basis for their work at the negotiating table. Five days of collective bargaining focus on maximizing our bargaining power through the development of a strategic approach. We discuss the importance of preparation, including the development of accession proposals, the assessment of the climate of the negotiations, the creation of a strong committee, the development of a strong package of proposals and the setting of priorities. Stay up-to-date on what is happening at Unifor and how the union is improving the lives of all workers in Canada. Subscribe to our Uniforum e-newsletter.
Check out: Collective Bargaining Information from the Canadian Government website (2014): . Currently, the main bargaining issues are wages, job security, health/benefit programs and retirement plans, where unions are being asked by employers to make more concessions and, as a result, we have seen wages rise to their lowest level since 1998.