No entitlement to paid bargaining caucuses

Language 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 Rogers
|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.