This overview course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the development of labour unions in Canada, and the practical skills needed to manage effectively in unionized workplaces. Historical, political and legal issues affecting the industrial relations environment will be reviewed in detail. Through primary research, the student will have an opportunity to discuss organized labour from the viewpoints of both labour and management. Through simulations and experiential exercises, students will develop practical skills in collective agreement negotiation, contract administration and preparation for arbitration. Students will also have an opportunity to explore contemporary issues facing unions and to identify future trends which will impact on the industrial relations climate. Note: This course is accredited by HRPAO towards the CHRP designation. Course Outcomes have also been aligned with Ministry Guideline MCV Code 70223.