First contract laws a box-office flop: Film house

Film company threatens to leave N.S. after contract imposed
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2013

Butting heads at the bargaining table is far from a novel experience — especially when it comes to negotiating that very first contract.

Nova Scotia moved to ease that process in 2011, when it introduced first contract legislation. Under the law, the labour board or a third-party arbitrator can impose a collective agreement should both parties hit an impasse.

Though companies cried foul, arguing a collective agreement is nobody’s business but the employer and their workers, the legislation passed almost two years ago. Now, one of the first businesses to settle a deal under the hotly-contested law is threatening to pull out of the province.