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Made Whole: A catchall phrase used in grievance and other legal action where a remedy is sought from an employer. Often used in discharge and discipline cases where the Union seeks to have a worker who had been wrongly discharged or disciplined returned to work and reimbursed all wages, benefits, or other conditions lost due to an employer's unjustified action.

Management Rights: The employer’s right to operate the worksite as set out in a  clause of each Collective Agreement and limited by other clauses. 

Mediation: Efforts of a third party to help the Union and management reach agreement in a labour dispute. Mediators are sometimes brought in to clarify issues and suggest possible solutions.

Member: Members are the backbone of the Union.  They are the working men and women who belong to the Union.

Member in Good Standing: A union member in good standing is one who has fulfilled requirements for the organization and who has not voluntarily withdrawn from membership, been expelled, or suspended. 

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA): A written, signed agreement that identifies what the Union and employer have agreed to in settling a Collective Agreement or other dispute. The Union and/or the employer may have to ratify the agreement before it becomes a Collective Agreement.

Merit Increase: Increase in wages given to one employee by the employer to reward good performance. Unions often oppose merit increases because of a general lack of objective criteria for awarding increases, and thus allowing favouritism to enter into the decision to award the increase.

Testimonial

“They have demonstrated the dedication and leadership that
our Local requires. They have always provided sound counsel, support, and frank
discussion on matters involving the members, contract negotiations and our
Local.“ 

- Bruce Tillapaugh –Shop Steward. Island Farms, Victoria

"I was a Shop Steward and was also on the contract negotiation team. The Union took the time and trouble to learn all about our industry and what we do. This means they are better able to fight for us whether it is on the job or at the bargaining table. We have the best contract in our industry. Thanks guys!"

- Gerald Price - Agrifoods
- Dave S