HRMN 3841: Employee and Labour Relations

Students examine the different aspects of union management relations focusing on the Canadian experience. Topics include an introduction to industrial relations; theories of industrial relations; the history and structure of unions in Canada; union organizing; collective bargaining; strikes and lockouts; third-party interventions including conciliation, mediation and arbitration; grievance arbitration; changes to the union or employer; and future issues in Canadian unionism.

Objectives

  • Differentiate between labour and employee relations.
  • Discuss the origins, functions and future of unions.
  • Describe the history and structure of unions in Canada.
  • Identify the reasons for unionism.
  • Explain the steps in the union organizing process and the role of labour relations boards.
  • Formulate collective agreement language that reflects the preferred positions of employers and unions in relation to key contractual terms.
  • Critique the different models for negotiating a collective agreement.
  • Apply methods for resolving contractual disputes including strikes and lockouts and third-party intervention techniques.
  • Demonstrate the administration of a collective agreement through the grievance and arbitration process.
  • Summarize successorship, the decertification process and the effect union mergers, workplace restructuring, and technology change have on the union-employer relationship.

Course outline

  • Introduction to Industrial Relations
  • Theories of Industrial Relations
  • History and Structure of Unions in Canada
  • Union Organizing and Recognition
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Third-party Interventions
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Changes to the Union or the Employer
  • Future Issues in Canadian Unionization

Required text and materials

McQuarrie, F. Industrial Relations in Canada. 4th edition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Wiley, (2015).
Type: Text: ISBN 978-1-118-87839-2

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet access required.

Assessments

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 16%
Assignment 3 18%
Journal Entries 16%
Final Exam* 40%
TOTAL 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

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.

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