Making the Case for Interest Arbitration Reform

June 11, 2019

Many organizations in the public sector fall under compulsory interest arbitration [1] by law or the parties have voluntarily entered into this process as a means to mitigate against the risk of damaging work disruptions (i.e. strikes). However, for …

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How To Make Training Truly Effective

April 03, 2019

What does training have to do with Industrial and Labour relations? We all know the most important relationship at work is with your immediate supervisor.  All leadership training and any task training is designed to improve someone’s performance: …

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What were the unions doing at NAFTA negotiations?

October 02, 2018

The North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Canada and the U.S. have been one of the more important matters in the current news cycle. These talks were complex negotiations made even more onerous on the Canadian delegation …

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Blaming a Union for Financial Losses Makes No Sense

September 13, 2018

In 2012, Hostess, the American food manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. citing difficulties with its largest union (The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union) as the culprit. The reality was that Hostess’ finances …

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Labour Supply and Project Labour Strategy

August 29, 2018

A number of factors need to be considered when determining how to construct a large capital project. The Construction Management Team needs to determine: if execution will be done horizontally or vertically; what components should be prefabricated off-site …

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