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Labour Relations Articles

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Labour Relations Articles

Rod McCorriston, SGEU, Director of Labour Relations
Publication date: February, 2013

With thirty years of experience working in a unionized environment, I have observed a variety of collaborative relationships between employer and union. Much of my career has been spent helping to evolve the management-union relationship from confrontation to collaboration.
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Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Marketing Assistant
Publication date: January, 2013

For practitioners in Queen's University's Human Resources (HR) department, the past two years have brought about a number of changes in the way they do their jobs. Two years ago, there were four union contracts at the University, and today, the tenth contract is being negotiated. With about 80% of the University's employees now unionized, Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at Queen's University, says the environment has changed significantly.
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Sharon Chilcott, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP with contribution by Laura Karabulut, Partner, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Publication date: November, 2012

Understanding and complying with the employer's legal duty to accommodate disabled employees is one of the biggest challenges facing labour relations professionals today. This is particularly so in the case of mental health issues. The statistics are telling. It has been reported that one in six Canadians will suffer from mental illness at one point in their lives and that one out of every four to five employees is affected by mental health issues every year. more

Brendan Sweeney, Queen's IRC Post-Doctoral Fellow
Publication date: July, 2012

This report is based on a survey of school administrators in two regions of Ontario. It probes several areas, such as administrators' perspectives on the labour relations environment, the relationships between administrators and staff, the role of administrators in conflict management and dispute resolution, and the potential effectiveness of labour relations-focused professional development for school administrators and other education sector stakeholders. more

Paul Juniper, Alison Hill, Tahreem Raza
Publication date: April, 2012

In November 2011, the IRC launched a 37-question survey, "An Inquiry into the State of LR in Canada." The purpose of this survey was to describe the state of the labour relations (LR) profession in Canada, based on the perspectives of practitioners. This Executive Summary presents an overview of the aggregated survey data. This practitioner-focused research complements our 2011 exploration of the state of the human resources profession in Canada, and builds on the IRC’s 2009 labour relations survey. more

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