The National Labor Relations Act governs the collective bargaining process by requiring good faith efforts on the part of both the union and the employer. Good faith negotiations include the date of negotiation meetings at mutually favourable times, participation in negotiating sessions that are ready to negotiate, and the absence of behaviour or intimidating others in the round of negotiations. Stone walls and inappropriate requests are considered acts of bad faith that violate the act. The National Labor Relations Board is the federal agency that passes the law; the House intervenes when the union or employer cannot negotiate in good faith. “We are pleased to hear that Unifor and Ford Motor Co. of Canada have entered into an agreement ratified by union members,” said the spokesperson. “Canada is well positioned to become a leader in the production of electric vehicles and batteries. The development of domestic production of electric vehicles and batteries will provide Canadian workers with more well-paying jobs and more opportunities for Canadian businesses. Interim employment contracts will be published as soon as they become available. “GE is pleased that all of our unions have ratified the 2019-2023 employment contract and we look forward to continuing to move forward as part of the agreement to continue serving our customers,” said Paul Lalli, Director of Labour Negotiations at GE. “We appreciate working with the management of all our unions to develop a package that will provide employees with higher wages and improved benefits, among the best in the industry, while continuing our company`s return to a position of strength.” All members of the bargaining unit have the right to vote. Each person gets a vote.
The vote must take place by secret ballot. The collective agreement is considered “ratified” by the bargaining unit if a majority (50%1) of the voters accepts the terms of the interim collective agreement. Interim agreements (TA) are proposed collective agreements that have not been ratified (approved) by union leaders and the foundation board.