Course description

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 secondary research, the student will have an opportunity to discuss organized labour from the viewpoints of both labour and management. Through simulation 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 HRPA towards the CHRP designation. Course Outcomes have also been aligned with Ministry Guideline MCTU Code 70223.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BUS2010 HRM1090 OLRN1440
Corequisites: None

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2023. Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery