Article XII: Collective Agreements

  1. Any collective agreements negotiated shall take force only upon ratification in accordance with the relevant provisions of The Ontario Labour Relations Act.
  2. Unless otherwise specifically provided for in The Ontario Labour Relations Act and the Regulations made thereunder, ratification votes shall take place according to the following procedure:
    1. One or more informational meetings to explain and discuss the terms of the proposed collective agreement shall be held, on not less than forty-eight (48) hours’ notice, at least one week prior to any ratification vote.
    2. Ratification votes shall be open to all members of the bargaining unit, and there shall be provision for advance polls.
    3. The regular balloting shall take place during a single working day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and shall be conducted through the use of the ballot box.
  3. In the ratification of collective agreements, members of a named sub-unit or other clearly distinguishable group of members within the Association shall vote separately on any clause(s) which affects only the named sub- unit(s) or group(s). In such a case, the members of the sub-unit(s) or group(s) shall have the power to veto only the clause(s) affecting solely the named sub-unit(s) or group(s) and shall vote together with all other members of the Association on all matters of common concern.
  4. Except where otherwise provided for in The Ontario Labour Relations Act and Regulations made thereunder, authorization for Association work action of any type shall be granted by a simple majority of members of the Association voting by secret ballot.
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