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Writing or Changing Proposals

When writing a new proposal, include the following:

  • State that it is a new proposal and give it a number on where it falls in the collective agreement.

For example, we want to introduce a new proposal which will be Article …..Clause #…..

When making changes to existing proposals:

  • State that we want to amend the existing proposal to now read  (insert language, and strike out previous language where relevant)

For example:  Article 6 Clause B should now read:  Employees will be eligible for four weeks vacation commencing their XXXX second year of service.

We are not required to state our reasoning in proposals.  However, we should be prepared to answer employer questions and provide necessary explanations / rationale.

 We must always include in our proposals the following:

 1) When do we want it – for example 30 or 60 or 90 days upon ratification.

 2)  Who is paying for the costs – example – employer paid.

 (Example – NEW – The employer will provide the training within 60 days upon ratification on company time, employer paid.)

During every round of negotations we need to ensure that any dates indicated in the agreement are updated in accordance with the new terms of the agreement, where necessary.

If a collective agreement is not reached prior to expiration of the previous agreement, we must ensure that the new agreement provides for retroactive pay.  This is especially relevant in cases where our members do not have the legal right to strike.

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