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OBHR 3P96: Labour Relations

A guide to researching labour relations including labour history, current Canadian economic conditions, negotiated wage settlements, grievance arbitration cases, legal writing, and citing sources.

Preparing for Collective Bargaining Negotiations

Negotiate key on a computer keyboardNegotiating teams need to gather information on a variety of issues in order to prepare for negotiations and compile a list of bargaining goals. This may include the use of internal and external information sources. 

Internal sources may include: surveys of union members, grievances filed under the current collective agreement, and issues identified during previous rounds of negotiations.

External sources may include: collective agreements of other unions,  labour market information, and information on current economic conditions. 

This page provides additional information on how to locate external information sources using resources available to Brock University students.

Find Collective Agreements & News On Recent Negotiations

  • Negotiating teams may wish to examine collective agreements from other locals of the same union, or for unions in similar industries.
  • Consult the following sources to view current and historical collective agreements, as well as to read about current trends and highlights from recent negotiations.

Sources for Collective Agreements

Sources for News & Trends on Recent Negotiations

Find Canadian Labour Market Information

Icon of a pie chart and bar chartLabour market information covers a variety of topics including labour force trends, unemployment rates, and current wages by industry or occupation. A key source of this data in Canada is provided by the Government of Canada.

US / International Data Sources

If you require labour market data for areas outside of Canada, please refer to the International Open Data Portals listed on the Economics Research Guide.

Research Current Economic Conditions

dollar sign iconA number of organizations monitor and analyse current Canadian economic conditions including the Bank of Canada, the economic research units of major Canadian banks, and think tanks such as the Conference Board of Canada. Large unions (e.g., CUPE or Unifor) and trade / industry associations may also have economists on staff, however their analysis may only be available to their own membership.

The following link points to sources which are freely available to the general public, or available to Brock University students through Library subscriptions.