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Labour Relations Articles

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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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