Collective bargaining is a process in which the union and the employer make offers and counter-offers about their employment relationship in order to reach a mutually acceptable agreement and issue a written document. Strike – a collective action by all workers in a bargaining unit to pressure the employer to take their concerns seriously by giving up all or part of their work. Ontario Labour Relations Act – the provincial legislation that governs the bargaining process, as well as other rules for unions and the management of collective agreements. To learn more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca. CUPE 15 staff representative and negotiator Kathie Currie noted that a complete and complete review of the current collective agreement had been conducted and that ongoing issues had been addressed. The two negotiating committees met a total of nine times before reaching a preliminary agreement. K-12 support staff, members of CUPE 15, reached a preliminary agreement with the Vancouver School Board yesterday after five months of negotiations. Reopening clause – a provision within the framework of a multiannual treaty that provides for and allows for the regular resumption of negotiations on certain specific points or provisions. Such a clause in a collective agreement sets out the date or circumstances in which negotiations may be requested before the expiry of the contract. Grievance procedure – usually a formal meeting, defined in the collective agreement, which provides for step-by-step meetings that allow discussions at higher progressive levels of authority of the employer, which usually culminate in an arbitration procedure, if necessary.