HRM200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, Walmart, Arbitration Clause

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Published on 25 Nov 2016
Course
Chapter 16: Labour Relations
Learning Outcomes
DISCUSS the key elements of Caada’s labour laws.
OUTLINE the five steps in the labour relations process.
DESCRIBE the five steps in a union organizing campaign.
OUTLINE the three ways to obtain union recognition.
DESCRIBE the three steps in the collective bargaining process.
EXPLAIN the typical steps in a grievance procedure.
Video Examples:
- BC teaher’s strike
- UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers)
o Wal Mart
Unfair labour practice
Unlawfully firing employees who took part in unions and strikes
Supressed legal right to organize union
- Air Canada
o Baggage handlers
o International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
o Went on strike after 3 workers were heckled by union members but did not complain to
o Hae’t reeied a raise i years
o Were ordered back to work or would receive fines or termination
o Why?
o Legislation says air transportation services are essential services, required to maintain
the health and safety in Canada,
- Canada Post
o Postal Workers union: CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers)
o Plan to strike
o Pension plans, etc
o Lockout withdrawn
**There is always something in the news regarding labour relations**
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Introduction to Labour Relations
Why do unions exist?
o To protect employees
o Help to realize power and numbers
Labour Union (Union):
a recognized association of employees
collective voice in dealing with management
sick days
increased job satisfaction
etc.
Labour-Management Relations:
ongoing interactions between labour unions and management
Collective Bargaining Agreement: a formal agreement regarding terms and conditions of
employment
Bargaining Unit:
group of employees that the union represents (recognized for collective bargaining
purposes)
local
Caada’s Labour Laws
Purposes
1. To provide a common set of rules for fair negotiations
2. To protect public interest by preventing impact of labour disputes
Common Characteristics
union certification procedures
minimum one-year collective agreements
procedures preceding legal strike/lockout
no strikes/lockouts during life of contract
interpretation disputes settled by arbitration
prohibition of unfair labour practices
establishment of labour relations board
The Labour Movement in Canada Today (why do unions exist?)
The primary goal of labour unions active in Canada today is to obtain economic benefits
and improved treatment for their members.
It may involve lobbying for legislative changes pertaining to these issues. This union
philosophy, with its emphasis on economic and welfare goals, has become known as
business unionism.
Most unions today also become involved in broader political and social issues affecting
their members.
Activities aimed at influencing government economic and social policies are known as
social (reform) unionism.
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Types of Unions
type of worker
craft
- IBEW (International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers)
industrial
- OSCTF (Ontario Secondary School Teaher’s Federation)
geographical scope
international, national, local
labour congress affiliation
CLC, CNTU, AFL-CIO
Membership Trends
Canadian unions refocusing on:
global competition
- more labour concessions
demographics
- aging workforce bringing management and unions together
unionization of white-collar employees
- lower job security and increased grievances
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