No entitlement to paid bargaining caucusesLanguage in the contract gave the union paid caucuses during bargaining. The preparatory session they claimed as a caucus did not meet the definition of the term, the arbitrator ruled.By Mark Rogers10/03/2011|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2011 Citing the collective agreement, members of a union negotiating team said they should be paid for a full day spent in caucus preparing the union’s response to employer contract proposals. The employer disagreed.The union grieved.During the course of bargaining to renew their collective agreement, the parties first exchanged written proposals on Mar. 31, 2009. Face-to-face meetings were held in April, May and June. However, the parties were unable to finalize a new agreement and further negotiations were scheduled beginning Sept. 21. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.