Labour Relations

Since 1969, CLR’s primary objective has been to provide professional labour relations services to its union contractor members. Those efforts have also benefitted union contractors who chose to remain independent of the Association, through collective agreement negotiation and development of industry programs such as the Jurisdictional Assignment Plan.

  • Collective Agreement Negotiation

    CLR negotiates and administers in excess of 50 collective agreements on behalf of its member contractors.
    CLR can also negotiate project-specific agreements where appropriate.
  • Collective Agreement Interpretation

    Confused about the proper application of travel time? shift premiums? overtime?

    These are just a few examples of collective agreement provisions which may differ from trade to trade, or project to project. CLR’s professional labour relations staff is available to provide interpretation and guidance on the proper application to your circumstances.

  • Pre-Job Conferences

    Large or complex projects proceed more smoothly if the affected contractors and unions meet before commencement to resolve issues of potential conflict. CLR is available to coordinate and assist contractors with pre-job conferences upon request.
  • Advocacy in Grievances, Arbitrations, and Illegal Work Stoppages

    In most cases, CLR’s labour relations staff is able to resolve grievances before they escalate to a formal grievance procedure or arbitration. If a situation cannot be resolved informally, CLR can provide an advocate to represent the contractor’s interests at a formal hearing or arbitration. CLR also handles Labour Relations Board applications where necessary to resolve illegal work stoppages or picketing.
  • Jurisdictional Expertise

    At one time, jurisdictional disputes were one of the most common causes of work stoppages. CLR’s labour relations staff has extensive resources available to help you make the appropriate assignment of work.

    CLR was instrumental in the establishment in 1978 of the Jurisdictional Assignment Plan of the BC Construction Industry – a forum for adjudication of jurisdictional disputes. Contractors or unions can apply to the JAPlan prior to commencement of work to have the Jurisdictional Umpire make an appropriate assignment of the work in question.