BBUS 3841
Labour Relations

3.0 Credits


This course provides a basic introduction to the field of labour relations. It gives a balanced perspective of the requirements and goals of both union and management and prepares students to deal with labour relations issues in the workplace.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced


30 credits. BBUS 3931 is recommended.


Students cannot receive credit for more than one BBUS 3841, ADMN 324, ADMN 424, or ADMN 447.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply labour relations concepts in order to deal effectively with management and union advocates.
  • Find the most recent labour relations information.
  • Apply labour relations rules and legislation to practical situations in the workplace, taking into account both "sides" of the issue.
  • Focus on an objective, flexible, and collaborative approach to problem resolution, not the acceleration of disputes.
  • Develop an informed opinion about the labour relations actions of parties that you hear about in the news.

Course Outline

This course has seven modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Labour Relations
  • Module 2: The Labour Relations Players
  • Module 3: Certification Process
  • Module 4: Collective Bargaining
  • Module 5: Reaching an Impasse at Collective Bargaining
  • Module 6: Administration of the Collective Agreement
  • Module 7: Resolving Disputes Arising Under the Collective Agreement

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students registering for this course will have to source the following textbook on their own:

Gunderson, M, A Ponak, and D G. Taras. Union Management Relations in Canada. 5th ed. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Addison Wesley Longman, 2005.
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 0321189183

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet access required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students throughout the course. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


Formal assessment includes those activities that are submitted to the Open Learning Faculty Member for grading and for which students receive marks. This is provided in order to help students complete the assignments.

Assignment Weighting

The assignments can be found at the end of each module. The assignments are worth 55% of your grade, and are divided up as follows:

Assignment 1 6%
Assignment 2 8%
Assignment 3 8%
Assignment 4 9%
Assignment 5 8%
Assignment 6 8%
Assignment 7 8%

Course Project and Participation

The remaining 45% of your grade is composed of the Course Project and your grade for on-line participation. The Course Project is done in seven parts, one in each of the seven modules. Together these assessment components will be treated as the mandatory major project component of the course with marks divided up as follows:

Module 1 4%
Module 2 6%
Module 3 6%
Module 4 6%
Module 5 6%
Module 6 6%
Module 7 6%
Participation 5%

A combined mark for the course project and participation will be assigned when all course work is completed, and will be recorded as a percentage. Students must obtain at least 50% for the project/participation mark and have at least a 50% overall mark for the course in order to pass.