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An outline of fact-finding procedures for federal public service employees in Canada. The broad sentiment is that fact-finding tribunals should be eliminated in favor of mediation, a sentiment the author shares. Presently, mediation is an entirely voluntary after-step to fact-finding. If mediation is elected by either party, the union may select in advance whether the …

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Two principal types of fact-finding – without recommendations and with recommendations – are considered. The author finds little value in the former, except when utilized to invite impartial technicians to assist the parties on such issues as insurance and pensions in advance of negotiations. Fact-finding with recommendations simulates the arbitration process, but decisions are neither …

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