HRMN 3841
Employee and Labour Relations

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced

Recommended Requisites

HRMN 2821


BBUS 3841, HRMN 3840


  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

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.

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.


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