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#1 – The Negotiator Calls for Proposals
- A letter with firm deadlines is sent out from the negotiator asking members to submit proposals.
- You share any ideas you have that will improve your workplace or contract.
- Proposals cannot be accepted after the deadline.
#2 – Form the Bargaining Committee
- Union members from your workplace will join the committee, through appointment or election.
- The committee reviews proposals and forms a proposal package that will be presented to your Employer at the start of bargaining.
#3 – Bargaining Begins
- The committee and Employer exchange all proposals at the start of bargaining.
- The committee and your Employer meet multiple times to discuss which proposals should end up in the new contract.
- Bargaining can take days or months depending on the amount of proposals, and how much we disagree with each other’s proposals.
*A strike vote can take place at some point during bargaining
How does a STRIKE VOTE work?
- A strike vote can happen any time during bargaining. However, you only get to take one strike vote.
- When you vote at a strike vote, you are voting on whether or not you are giving your committee a strike mandate.
- Voting yes to a strike mandate gives your committee the ability to apply more pressure on your Employer.
- A majority strike vote does not automatically mean you will go on strike. The bargaining committee will use the strike mandate vote as a pressure tactic to get you a better offer to vote on.
#4 – Ratification meeting
- If both sides come to a tentative agreement, or if the Employer has given a final offer, you’ll be invited to a meeting to hear the details and vote.
- The bargaining committee will often make a recommendation to accept or reject this agreement