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Negotiating Committee Members

Preferred Qualifications of Negotiating Committee Members

1.   Ability to work effectively as a member of the team.

2.  Commitment (being available to serve on the Committee for up to two years or longer).

3.  Willingness to be away from work and attend meetings which can consist of long hours, and may include work in the evenings and on weekends.

4. According to the HSAS CBA, union leave has to be granted for Negotiations Committee members. If an individual is not comfortable taking significant union leave and being away from work for significant periods of time, then this individual is not suited for this Committee.

5.  Commitment to Negotiations Committee solidarity and caucus confidentiality.

6.  Open to innovative approaches to problem solving during the bargaining process.

Role of Negotiation Committee Members

  • Actively participate in Negotiating Committee discussions.
  • Participate in discussions at the bargaining table as directed by the Chief Negotiator.
  • Ensure that the views are global in nature and that the membership, as a whole, is being well represented.
  • Be sensitive to the issue of confidentiality according to HSAS Code of Conduct and Conflict Of Interest Policies.
  • Recognize a need for caucus discipline and solidarity.
  • Present a credible and positive image of the Union.
  • Recognize the role of staff in terms of expertise and objectivity.
  • Regularly attend the Negotiations Committee meetings.
  • Other duties as determined and assigned by the Negotiations Committee.
  • Meet deadlines and complete work assignments and/or projects in a timely manner.

Preparation

  • As directed by HSAS Bylaws, the Committee must communicate with members of each of the professional, occupational, and composite groups to formulate the outline of a Collective Agreement satisfactory to the union as a whole.  Executive Council will direct the Negotiating Committee as to how this will be accomplished (Bargaining conference and/or bargaining, survey and/or meetings in each Health Region).
  • Be present at meetings of the membership as directed by the Chief Negotiator.
  • Encourage member input and participation in discussions.
  • Actively participate in formulating proposals and setting priorities.
  • Prepare proposals for Executive Council approval prior to providing them to the Employer Bargaining Committee.
  • Determine format of minutes, and appoint individual responsible for recording minutes of meetings and/or negotiations with Employer
  • Determine process for recording of minutes and negotiations minute recording.

Conclusion of Bargaining

  • Recommend to Executive Council acceptance or rejection of a tentative offer of settlement and/or the need for a strike vote.
  • Attend and actively participate at membership meetings held to discuss ratification or strike as directed by the Chief Negotiator.
  • Upon a positive ratification vote, actively participate, as directed by the Chief Negotiator, in preparing the contract for printing.
  • Other duties as determined by the Chief Negotiator.
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