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Saskatchewan - Proposed Amendments to the Trade Union Act Passed

By Yosie Saint-Cyr, editor at HRinfodesk---Canadian Payroll and Employment Law, Updated May 2005 (posted November/December 2004)

On May 25, 2005, the government passed Bill 87, The Trade Union Amendment Act, 2004. The Bill is now awaiting Royal Assent and a date to come into force. Employees and employers now have a mechanism to ensure first collective greements are settled in a timely fashion. On November 19, 2004, amendments were introduced to the Trade Union Act that require unions and employers to commence bargaining within 20 days of the certification of a new bargaining unit. As well, either party may apply to the Labour Relations Board for assistance in concluding a first collective agreement if 90 days has passed since the Board has certified the new bargaining unit.

"We all know collective bargaining can be a long and difficult process, but it can be especially difficult for a newly certified workplace negotiating a first contract," Labour Minister Deb Higgins said in a press release. "These amendments will mean more timely settlements with less disruption in the workplace and that's good for everyone involved."

Additional amendments will streamline the work of the Labour Relations Board by:

Allowing members of the Board to complete their active cases even though their appointments have expired;

Allowing the chair and vice-chairs of the Board to sit alone to hear applications respecting duty of fair representation; and

Clarifying the procedural powers and duties of the Board

For more information, read the full text of Bill 87.

By Yosie Saint-Cyr, Editor at HRinfodesk

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