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FIRST CONTRACT ARBITRATION HELPS WORKERS, EMPLOYERS SECURE LABOR CONTRACTS

It is often overlooked in the heated debate over workers’ rights to organize, but most American workers who do manage to form unions remain unable to bargain for a first contract in a timely manner. This hurdle commonly results from employers who fail to bargain in good faith and use stalling tactics as a way to preserve the status quo even after a union is in place.
While American workers seek a way around this all-too-common impasse, many in Canada have found one. Most provinces in Canada regularly use a mechanism called First Contract Arbitration (FCA), which gives the union or the employer the option of entering binding arbitration after 90 days of unsuccessful contract negotiations. continue reading

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