Thursday, October 26, 2017

NBU supports government changes regarding First Contract Arbitration

The New Brunswick Union is pleased to see the provincial government has committed to bring forth changes to the Industrial Relations Act to usher in First Contract Arbitration.
As it currently stands, arbitrations are not available to unions seeking a first contract if a deal cannot be reached with management.
The changes will help both the employer and union negotiate a first contract by providing arbitration. This would help establish the first contract from which both parties can work in the future as well as providing an independent third party to help ensure an equitable and fair deal is reached.
The NBU has been pushing for this change for quite some time. During its most recent Biennial Convention, delegates voted unanimously in favour of a resolution for the union to advocate for this to become a reality.
The change would bring New Brunswick in line with the rest of the country, with the exception of Prince Edward Island.
"We applaud government for coming forward with these changes," said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. "We believe this is a reasonable approach, one that will help both employers and workers alike."