The Lakeside Packers case demonstrates that the province of Alberta requires the Labour Code to be amended to allow for First Contract Arbitration in the Collective Bargaining Process.
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Thesis: The Lakeside Packers case demonstrates that the province of Alberta requires the Labour Code to be amended to allow for First Contract Arbitration in the Collective Bargaining Process.
Introduction After watching the video entitled “24 days in Brooks”, it is apparent that if a First Contract Arbitration had been in place; this emotionally charged situation may have been avoided. This paper is to examine the merits of having a First Contract Arbitration to be put in place within the Alberta Labour Code. Also, I will discuss the background of the Lakeside Packers dispute, my perspective on what employee, employer and state believe are their stances on First Contract Arbitration and how they would be affected. Also, some…show more content… In the aftermath of this incident, these employees who had been on either side of the picket line, now had to change their attitudes and learn to work shoulder to shoulder on the assembly line in unity.
First Contract Arbitration “First Contract Arbitration (FCA) is a statutory mechanism that allows either party in unsuccessful negotiations to apply to the Labour Board to direct the settlement of a first collective agreement by arbitration.” This mechanism is in place so that for those few instances when it is difficult for an employer and employees to hammer out a first agreement, they can have an arbitrator listen to both sides and then come up with a resolution.
Within Canada, only two provinces do not have a First Contract Arbitration within their provincial labour code; they are New Brunswick and Alberta. The province of Nova Scotia held out until it joined the majority of other jurisdictions in Canada. The province amended its Trade Union Act to introduce First Contract Arbitration on December 15, 2011.
Employers within the private sector organizations in these provinces do not want First Contract Arbitration imposed on them, as this takes away their management rights and power. They have capitalistic mentalities and employees are a cog in the wheel of monetary gain. ()
Historically, Alberta’s economic growth has been