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…
Employers say to “leave it as is”. If employers and employees are unable to work out an agreement, employers say that either party has other routes available to them such as a strikes or lockouts.
The State is supposed to be a neutral party between employer and employee; however, in Alberta, the Labour Code is written in such as way that it leans heavily in support of the employer. Employees have no recourse as in the case of the Lakeside Packers when they had formed a union and submitted an agreement and then to have it ignored by the employer. The employer can continue to bargain in bad faith