I must admit that this solution is not free of procedural difficulties, particularly because of the multiplicity of possible proceedings and of potential conflicts between separate arbitration awards in respect of the different bargaining units. However, the potential difficulties are not sufficient to justify referring the matter to the Superior Court and holding that it has jurisdiction.

It is not a foregone conclusion that confirming the jurisdiction of grievance arbitrators would automatically lead to multiple arbitration proceedings. Various options remain open under the fundamental rules of labour law. Thus, it is possible in such situations that all, or at least a large number of the unions would decide to come to an agreement with the employer to submit the various grievances to a single arbitrator. In the instant case, it would be hard for the employer to oppose this approach, which I feel should have been the preferred one for all parties involved. Moreover, should one arbitrator decide a grievance filed by one of the unions in the unions' favour, all the employees would benefit indirectly from the award, since all the money wrongfully taken from the pension fund would be returned.24

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