HST750 - Industrial Relations

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Subject Title
Industrial Relations

Subject Description
The subject will explore the nature of the Canadian industrial relations process. Considerable emphasis will be placed on negotiating and administering the collective agreement through to grievance arbitration.  The course will examine types of unions and the similarities and differences between private sector and public sector unions with emphasis on dispute resolution mechanisms.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the various legislative and bureaucratic frameworks that apply to the union certification process.
  2. Understand and discuss the history of the Canadian labour movement as well as its future directions and challenges.
  3. Describe types of unions and the role and structure of Canadian labour organizations.
  4. Describe how labour relations is related to and influenced by the economic, social, technological influences and the distribution of power in society.
  5. Describe possible employer attitudes and approaches to unions.
  6. Explain the composition and functions of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
  7. Prepare and participate in a collective bargaining simulation.
  8. Compare and contrast distributive bargaining and interest based bargaining.
  9. Explain how and when third-party intervention is used to assist the collective bargaining process.
  10. Create a planning book that will support the negotiation of a collective agreement.
  11. Examine the use of strikes and lockouts in the collective bargaining process.
  12. Identify the legal requirements regarding the contents and administration of collective agreements.
  13. Understand the main articles that are found in most collective agreements.
  14. Describe lesser used articles including last chance agreement, hot cargo clause and super seniority.
  15. Understand the role of the grievance process in contract administration and develop the skills to present and argue a rights arbitration case.
  16. Explain the nature and significance of the union’s duty of fair representation.
  17. Discuss the key differences between private sector and public sector labour relations issues.
  18. Describe the content and impact of the Rand formula on Canadian labour relations compared to Right-to-Work legislation in the U.S.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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