We applaud government for coming forward with these changes. We believe this is a reasonable approach, one that will help both employers and workers alike." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
Fredericton (02 Nov. 2017) — The New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE) is pleased to see that the provincial government has committed to bringing changes to the Industrial Relations Act to usher in first contract arbitration.
First contract arbitration will no longer allow management to prolong negotiations
In New Brunswick, arbitrations are not available to unions seeking a first contract if a deal cannot be reached with management.
First contract negotiations are often prolonged, so having the legal ability to use an independent third party to help resolve outstanding issues will help both the employer and union negotiate a fair first contract in a timely manner.e
The NBU/NUPGE has been pushing for this change for quite some time. During its most recent biennial convention, delegates voted unanimously in favour of a resolution for the union to advocate legislation on first contract arbitration.
The change would bring New Brunswick in line with the rest of the country, with the exception of Prince Edward Island.
"We applaud government for coming forward with these changes," said Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President. "We believe this is a reasonable approach, one that will help both employers and workers alike."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE