The Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association is organized so that employers of a given trade are grouped together in trade classifications, for example: Carpenter trade classification, Electrical trade classification, Ironworker trade classification, and so on. Upon joining NSCLRA, contractor companies are invited to join those trade classification for which their employees are unionized. Member companies can therefore participate in as many or as few trade classification as does directly affect their interest.
Each trade classification has the right to elect a Director who serves a two year term on our Board, and thus every trade grouping within NSCLRA is represented at the Board of Directors level. In addition to participating at the Board of Directors level, the trade classifications meet periodically to discuss issues of common concern and interest. The trade classification also selects negotiating teams who, in conjunction with NSCLRA staff, meet with the unions in collective bargaining. Proposed contract changes are referred back to the trade classification for ratification before being forwarded to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is composed of 32 members. Elected from amongst the members of the Board, a 9 person Executive Committee is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of NSCLRA, and is further charged with making policy recommendations to the Board.
The Articles of Association (or by-laws) are the rules and regulations that govern the NSCLRA.