What is Grievance Mediation?During the course of a collective agreement occasional disputes are a normal occurrence.. That's why the labour relations act requires that all collective agreements contain a dispute resolution mechanism. Grievance Mediation can help solve these disputes. Many grievances are settled prior to arbitration, either by the parties themselves or with the assistance of a mediator.
Does the Labour Relations Act require mediation?No. Grievance mediation can be agreed to by the parties ignorer to solve a specific problems or the parties can agree ahead of time by putting a mediation clause into the collective agreement.
Why Mediate a Grievance?Mediating a grievance allows both parties to retain control over the process and the outcome. Mediation creates the possibility of creative solving and can strengthen the union management relationship. There is no risk in exploring potential settlement options.
No Risk to Mediation?Because each party retains all the control they had prior to the mediation, and because all communications that happen during the mediation itself are without prejudice, mediation is generally regarded as a low or no risk option to attempt to find common ground. The next step for the grievance is binding arbitration. Arbitration carries significant risks for both parties.
Multiple Mini MediationsIf you have a number of grievances that have been unresolved, you may find our Multiple Mini Mediations useful. We will work with both parties to schedule a number of grievance mediations on the same day. This model requires a bit more preparation on our part but allows the parties to clear grievance backlogs
Highly persuasive negotiation techniques that allow you to continue the conversation while looking for an agreement are important in a myriad of circumstances. One of the most obvious examples of when highly persuasive techniques are important are when you undertake a life saving negotiation. In his book Don’t Split The Difference Chris Voss teaches negotiation […]
This is the long over due second of a three part series on the spectrum of mediation. If you missed it, check out part one on evaluative mediation.The spectrum of mediation hosts three main types or styles of mediation. They flow from the most direction and influence from the mediator to the least. These styles […]
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Do you have a number of unresolved grievances? Are you wondering what you can do about them? Does the thought of dealing with grievances make you shudder? Elaine Newman discusses the trouble each side may have in dealing with grievances. She notes management falls victim to the 3 Ds Duck dealing with a question Defer […]
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Mutualizing, Conflict Resolution & Critical Care There I was on my weekend off at a dinner party talking with some people telling stories over a beer, when the best example of mutualizing to resolve a conflict was laid at my feet for the taking. Mutualizing is when you find a common interest shared by parties […]