Collective Bargaining - DPS 15866

DPS 15866 36 hours

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Given the challenges of the “collective” bargaining process, sound navigational tools and strategies will help cool heads prevail.  In a unionized environment, collective bargaining is a negotiation process used by the employer and the union representatives within a legal framework to determine compensation and working conditions of an organization. This course will help students gain an understanding of a variety of bargaining methods, the typical stages within the collective bargaining process, and the differences between public and private sector bargaining.


On completion of this course, students will:

  • Explore the key terminology, principles, processes, historical developments, and influences to collective bargaining;
  • Prepare for the collective bargaining process and learn how to implement a collective agreement through a bargaining simulation;
  • Explore the typical components of a collective agreement through the bargaining simulation;
  • Examine the legal parameters of collective bargaining and explore relevant aspects of common law, statutory law, and collective bargaining law;
  • Explore other external and global influences on the Canadian industrial relations system;
  • Examine the role of the Labour Board in the certification process, strike and lockout situations, and the arbitration process.



RPC:109 - Provides advice on the establishment, continuation and termination of bargaining rights.

RPC:110 - Prepares the organization for collective bargaining.

RPC:111 - Formulates bargaining strategies consistent with the short and long-term needs of the organization.

RPC:112 - Collects and presents information required for decision-making in the bargaining process.

RPC:113 - Coaches the bargaining team through all phases of the collective bargaining process.

RPC:114 - Provides advice on interest arbitration.

RPC:115 - Provides advice on the interpretation of the collective agreement.

Additional Comments

  • Textbook required
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