What is the duty of an employer to bargain in good faith?

Nova Scotia, Canada

The following excerpt is from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Local 849 v Egg Films, Inc, 2015 NSLB 213 (CanLII):

The duty to bargain in good faith—that is, the duty to make every reasonable effort to negotiate a collective agreement—serves two purposes: a. it “reinforces the obligation on an employer to recognize the bargaining agent;” and b. it is “intended to foster rational, informed discussion thereby minimizing the potential for ‘unnecessary’ industrial conflict:” UEW v. DeVilbiss (Canada) Ltd [1976] 2 Can LRB Rep 101 (OLRB-Adams) at p.114.

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