Collective Bargaining Mediation
Facilitated Interest Based Collective BargainingEarly in the collective agreement process, the mediator meets with both parties together and helps them get to the interests that underly any positions they may put forward. Each party is encouraged to work with the other to meet as many needs as possible. The mediator then works with both parties together throughout the negotiations to achieve an agreement that benefits both parties.
As a Response to ImpasseCollective bargaining is a hard process. Teams from both sides work hard to meet often imprecise mandates and occasionally the positions taken by the parties seem to be incompatible. When negotiations break down the government mandates conciliation. Mediation can be helpful prior to government conciliation, to narrow the scope of issues or to help parties better understand the why the other side has taken a particular position. After conciliation as the parties approach the strike/lock out deadline, mediators can work with each side to help them come to an agreement that each side can endorse.
Is Wakely Mediation the Right Choice?Dave Wakely is a skilled and experienced negotiator. In the past seven years he has been part of contract negotiations exceeding 500 Million dollars. His experience also includes working with parties to successfully negotiate a first collective agreement. If you are interested in collective agreement mediation please contact us today to discuss how we may be of service. Your deal is too important to wait. Wakely Mediation is here to help.
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