Labour Relations Board mediators and special investigating
officers perform the services of settlement officer with respect to applications
filed with CAAB under Sections 87 and 104.
These officers meet with employers and trade unions to assist them
in resolving grievances arising under the parties' collective agreement.
The parties engage in informal discussions with the settlement officer and
such meetings are held on a "without prejudice" basis, meaning that these kinds of
discussions cannot be reased by either party in a formal arbitration.
LRB settlement officers are neutral third parties and offer the parties their
expertise in labour relations issues. Settlement officers achieve a high rate of
success in helping parties resolve their disputes.
Q. Who should be present at the meeting with the settlement officer?
A. To obtain the best and most effective results from a settleent meeting, the
parties should attend with respresentatives who have the authority to settle the
grievance. Where appropriate, the grievor may also attend.
Q. What is to be expected at a settlement meeting?
A. The parties attend the meeting with an LRB settlement officer. The
settlement officer will then engage in informal discussions with the parties,
either together, or privately, to determine the nature of the dispute and where
potential common ground may exist to pursue a resolution. These meetings
are fluid and no specific time frame is associated with them. Generally,
parties should come prepared to spend the day with the settlement officer.
Meetings are normally scheduled for 9:30am, but other times may be scheduled.
The informal discussions between the settlement officer and the parties attempt
to find a reasonable compromise to resolving the issue. Such discussions are held on a
"without prejudice" basis, meaning that should the matter proceed to arbitration,
the parties cannot refer to the content of those discussions at the arbitration.
Should the parties reach a resolution of the grievance, the parties will prepare a
settlement document to be signed by the parties (and potentially grievor).
The settlement agreement then becomes legally binding on all of the parties
signatory to it.