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Workplace Issues and Labour Relations

This topic introduces students to important concepts in labour relations. Examples include collective bargaining, labour code legislation, and essential services legislation (JSGS 815). As with other topics under human resources management, this topic draws from business literature and adds in issues and circumstances unique to the public sector.

Topic Learning Outcome: Students will be familiar with the most important issues surrounding labour relations that confront public sector managers. Students will understand the collective bargaining process, and key laws and institutions that govern public sector labour relations in Canada.

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Bargaining Agent; Career Transition; Core Competencies (OECD); Favouritism; Job Rotation; Neutrality; Paid Sick Leave; Person with Disabilities; Salary; Salary Range; Secondment; Termination; Training; Transition Support Measure; Workplace Flexibility; Workplace Well-Being.

Recommended Readings

Carleton University: PADM 5418 Human Resource Management

Report of the Advisory Committee on Labour Management Relations in the Federal Public Service of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat. Chapter 5.

Pfeffer, Jeffrey, The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First, (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1998), pgs. 64-98.

Katz-Jameson, Jessica, “Employee perceptions of the availability and use of interest-based, rights-based, and power-based conflict management strategies”, in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 19, Issue 2.

Bingham, Lisa B., “Employment dispute resolution: The case for mediation”, in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 23, Issue 1-2.

 Sample Assessment Questions:

1.) What is essential services legislation? Why do governments make use of this type of legislation, and what are some of the potential advantages and disadvantages associated with its use?

2.) What is collective bargaining? Why is this an important concept for public sector managers to understand?

Page created by Sean Goertzen and Ben Eisen on 20 May 2015.


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