What is collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining is a process by which a committee representing the union (made up of employees and union representatives) and a committee representing the university (made up of management representatives and managerial employees) negotiate a collective agreement.

It can be for the negotiation of a first contract where there has not been a collective agreement previously, or a renewal contract in the case of an existing collective agreement. In this process, the parties usually focus on such issues as wages, benefits and working conditions.

With several certified bargaining units at Queen’s, collective bargaining is a normal part of the labour relations cycle.

Posted in: FAQs: Collective Bargaining Negotiations

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