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Collective Bargaining

Your collective agreement outlines the rights of your association’s members and the responsibilities of the administration. But negotiating an effective collective agreement requires preparation and practice.

In this 1-week course, participants will:  

  • Review Bargaining Basics
  • Examine the Legal Framework for Collective Bargaining their province
  • Analyze their current collective agreement;
  • Strategize how to communicate with their members and other stakeholders;
  • Plan on how to manage the negotiating process and stay organized
  • Identify best practices for preparing proposals and bargaining mandates;
  • Complete a simulation of a collective bargaining process.

The course will begin with a brief welcome webinar and a chance to review the online modules. You’ll then take part in two 3-hour webinars to review collective bargaining basics and tactics and take part in a simulation of a collective bargaining negotiation.

Following the completion of this course, a follow-up strategy session may be scheduled for your association with one of CAUT’s Senior Labour Relations Officers to address specific concerns and issues. 

Next Collective Bargaining Training dates:

  • October 23 – 27, 2023. To register, please contact your academic staff association by October 18, 2023. 
    • Course schedule :
      • Introductory session - Monday, October 23, 1 p.m. (Eastern time)
      • Webinar I - Thursday, October 26, 1 pm to 4 pm (Eastern time)
      • Webinar II - Friday, October 27, 1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern time)
  • April 2 – 5 2024. To register, please contact your academic staff association by March 24, 2024.
    • Course schedule:
      • Introductory session – Tuesday April 2, 1 p.m. (Eastern time)
      • Webinar I – Thursday, April 4, 1 – 4 p.m. (Eastern time)
      • Webinar II – Friday, April 5, 1 – 4 p.m. (Eastern time)