This is one of the first courses to introduce collective bargaining in a way that is suitable for both employer and union representatives.
The primary purpose of this course is to examine the major elements to be considered by unions and management in their preparation for collective bargaining and in the negotiation of labour contracts. It will also deal with the background factors and dynamics of the negotiations process outside of the formal requirements of labour legislation. Students will also be introduced to alternative dispute resolution processes and their application within the context of the workplace.
Throughout the course there will be opportunities to practice preparation and research in the pre-bargaining phase. Students will be taken through a complete round of bargaining in simulation. This will give them an opportunity to test various bargaining styles and see what works in what situations.
Students will also gain a good knowledge of the applicable laws related to collective bargaining in both a strike/lockout and interest arbitration context.