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N.W.T. MLAs to vote on binding arbitration option to avoid UNW strike – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 8, 201981 Views

Feb 08, 2019

3rd-party mediator would decide outcome for negotiations between union and territorial government

A Yellowknife MLA plans to put forward a motion in the legislature today that will call on the territorial government to move to binding arbitration if it doesn’t reach an agreement with the union that represents about 4,000 of its employees.

On Tuesday, the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) said it will strike at midnight on Monday if an agreement is not reached in mediations with the territorial government this weekend over a new collective agreement. The unionized employees have been without an agreement since 2016.

MLAs in the Northwest Territories will vote on the motion today, put forth by Julie Green, MLA for Yellowknife Centre.

Binding arbitration — when a third-party mediator decides an outcome during negotiations and both sides must legally follow it — isn’t outlined specifically in the Public Service Act, the legislation that lays out the process for negotiations between the union and the N.W.T. government.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/binding-arbitration-vote-gnwt-unw-1.5010856

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