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Negotiation Process

In the 2012-2014 collective agreements, Memorandum of Agreement #1 Re: Local Issues (MOA #1) states that if an employer wishes to renegotiate any or all local issues for the next round of bargaining, the employer must provide written Notice to Bargain to the union via fax or courier before September 30, 2013.  

CSSEA should be copied on this notice. Alternatively, if the union provides an agency with Notice to Bargain, it should be forwarded to their HRLR consultant.

Procedure to Follow in Order to Serve Notice

If an agency wants to negotiate any of the local issues identified in MOA #1,  the agency should complete the Local Issues Notification Template Letter and send it to the union Area Representative (not the shop steward) with a copy to their HRLR consultant. Your HRLR Consultant is available to discuss the decision to serve notice should you require assistance or strategic advice.

Negotiating Local Issues

The process to negotiate local issues is as follows:

1.   Local issues will be negotiated anytime between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014;

2.   Local issues are negotiated locally with or without the assistance of CSSEA;

3.   Local issues must be approved and signed by CSSEA and the Union;

4.   Local issues that are not negotiated successfully may be subject to an interest arbitration process.

Automatic Renewal

If no notice is served by either party prior to September 30, 2013, the previous local issues will automatically be renewed. Parties may also renew (or “roll over") a prior local issues agreement after joint consultation.

Current Local Issues Negotiations

Local issues negotiations for the 2012 round of bargaining are ongoing. Members are reminded to update their HRLR consultant on the status of their negotiations and to forward any agreements to CSSEA for approval.

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact your HRLR Consultant.

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Doris Sun
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