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Feb 23-26, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 1-5, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic
Mar 1, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
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Change Management
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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Change Management
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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Strategic Workforce Planning
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Organization Development Foundations
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Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 18-22, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Oct 25-29, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
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Coaching Skills
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Labour Relations Foundations
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Negotiation Skills
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Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 23-26, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 1-5, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic
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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 8-11, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Strategic Workforce Planning
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Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
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Negotiation Skills
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HR Metrics and Analytics
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Performance Management
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Coaching Skills
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Labour Arbitration Skills
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Organizational Design
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Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 14-18, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Jul 19-23, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Sep 14-17, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Managing Unionized Environments
Sep 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-24, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Sep 21-23, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 27-30, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 27-30, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 5-7, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 5-7, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 18-22, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Oct 25-29, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
Nov 1-4, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
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Labour Relations Articles

Gary T. Furlong, C.Med, LL.M (ADR), Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: January, 2017

For the vast majority of unionized and non-unionized workers, it is the day–to-day interactions that determine whether the workplace is a productive, engaged environment, or one that preoccupies everyone with conflict, grievances and problems. Where each workplace falls on that spectrum will largely determine productivity, quality, absenteeism, as well as retention and recruitment. more

Gary T Furlong, C.Med, LL.M (ADR), Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: August, 2016

We have entered a challenging and difficult time for collective bargaining for both employers and unions. Shortly following the great recession in 2008, both management and unions reached deals relatively quickly, everyone recognizing the dramatic economic issues the parties faced at the time. From 2008 well into 2012, there was little change. Employers tried to deal with the reality of the recession, and unions waited for the anticipated rebound, assuming it would resemble almost all recessions of the past. more

Bernie Mayer, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: August, 2016

“Leading from behind” is a natural approach in the outdoors. It is natural in organizations too. It may sound like a passive or ineffective way to approach the challenge of being an effective leader, but I found, both in the outdoors and in organizational leadership positions, that this is the most powerful way to guide a group.  more

An Interview with Jerry Christensen

Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Marketing Assistant
Publication date: April, 2016

Fact-finding is an essential skill set for anybody who is in an HR, labour relations or employee relations role. If you stay in this role, at some point you will end up doing investigations, and having this skill set is going to make you much more efficient as a practitioner. Jerry Christensen, who recently retired from the City of Calgary, managed and coordinated the City’s respectful workplace program and dealt with all of their human rights issues. more

Derik McArthur, Director, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) local 175 & 633
Publication date: April, 2016

Labour unions are at a critical time in history. Unions are working to engage the current membership and exploring new innovative communication strategies that are needed to reach the younger generation in a meaningful way. Gone are the days of the bulletin board as the primary sources of union news and updates. more

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