Unions letting members decide for themselves

Sending tentative agreements to ratification without a recommendation more common
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/23/2012

In early July, municipal workers in Ontario’s Peel Region were asked to vote on management’s final offer without endorsement from the union’s negotiating team.

It’s a situation unions are facing more frequently, according to Angelo Pesce, principal consultant with Pesce & Associates, a human resource consulting firm in Toronto.

“The primary reason is the tough economic times,” Pesce says, adding that this means unions could be faced with extending the collective agreement for another term or making concessions in negotiations.