What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement is a written contract between the university and a union that outlines many of the terms and conditions of employment for employees in a bargaining unit.

The terms and conditions are reached through collective bargaining between the university and the union.

The kinds of issues that are covered by a collective agreement typically include wages and benefits, as well as terms and conditions of employment that relate to things like the nature of the work, the process for job postings, obligations and responsibilities of the employer, the employee and the union, and a dispute resolution process (usually a ‘grievance and arbitration procedure’).

Posted in: FAQs: Collective Bargaining Negotiations

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