A preamble can also be used as a design aid, but it is important to note that a preamble is not a source of claims or obligations. At Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins LLP in Toronto, our labour lawyers have been helping unionized employers in all sectors interpret collective agreements for over 30 years. We support our clients by interpreting the language in their agreement, leading them through the complaint process (when a complaint is filed by the union) and representing them in the resulting complaint arbitrations. 4. The context in which words appear is also an important source of their meaning. The words to be considered should be read as a whole in relation to the sentence, section or collective agreement. Words, words and more: the correct interpretation of collective agreements After extensive attempts at conciliation, the case was referred to arbitration in which the Commissioner found that the text of safa`s communication and the collective agreement of Article 4(b) did not apply. The Labour Court reaffirmed the principle that, in interpreting collective agreements, arbitrators should endeavour to implement the intent of the agreement and to give the words used by the parties their usual and popular meaning in the absence of ambiguity. . . .
Interpretation And Application Of Collective Agreements