BRITISH COLUMBIA
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD
COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT ARBITRATION BUREAU

Section 87
Appointment of a settlement officer

Either party to a collective agreement may request the director, in writing, to appoint a settlement officer following the completion of hte steps in the grievance procedure preceding a reference to arbitration, to assist the parties in settling the difference.

Settlement officers do not make binding decisions; they offer alternatives and suggest areas of settlement based on informal discussions with the employer and the trade union. Any settlement reached is by mutual agreement of the parties and non- precedential in nature

Informal discussions with the settlement officer are held on a without prejudice basis, in an attempt to resolve the matter.  Should the matter not be resolved, the parties cannot refer to the content of those discussions at the formal arbitration.

Participation in such meetings is voluntary.

An application under Section 87 of the Code must be submitted on a Request for Appointment form which can be accessed on the LRB website: www.lrb.bc.ca

An application to CAAB can be filed by e-mail (registrar@lrb.bc.ca), mail, fax, or in person. The hours for filing applications with CAAB are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. An application filed after 4:00PM will be treated as filed at 8:00 AM the next business day.


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