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The third course in this group provides analysis of the disciplinary process in the unionized workplace. The course begins with an explanation of the legal basis for “just cause” in the Labour Relations Code of B.C. and a discussion of the role and objectives of management in taking disciplinary actions. The instructor discusses the approach to evaluating disciplinary actions taken by arbitrators and the evidentiary requirements and considerations that must be satisfied to sustain disciplinary actions. The crucial distinction between “culpable” and “non-culpable” employee conduct is described and the obligations of management in responding to “non-culpable” conduct are outlined. The course concludes with a summary of the key elements of a positive approach to maintaining discipline and “just cause” in a unionized workplace.

Meet your instructor

Thomas Knight

THOMAS (TOM) R. KNIGHT, Ph.D., CPHRTom Knight received his Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees from the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University with a major in collective bargaining, labor history and labor law and minors in organizational behavior and law. Tom’s graduate research experience focused on plant-level labour relations and included a year’s work conducting joint union-management training with Consumers’ Power (Michigan) and the Utility Workers’ Union, AFL-CIO.In 1982 he joined the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Division. He was founding Director of UBC’s Centre for Labour and Management Studies from 1992-1997.Since 1987 Tom has acted as a consultant, trainer and facilitator on a variety of industrial relations and organizational development topics. These have included collective bargaining and negotiations skills, grievance handling and arbitration, joint union-management problem solving, conflict resolution, change management and supervisory leadership. Over the past ten years, Tom’s consulting has emphasized improving employment relations and adopting more constructive approaches in the workplace and labour-management relations. Tom’s clients have spanned a wide range of private sector industries and the major components of the public sector.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Discipline And "Just Cause"

    • Discipline Just Cause And Disciplinary Procedures

    • What Is Discipline

    • The Just Cause Framework

    • Culpabale Discipline Progressive Penalties And Termination

    • Non Culpable Conduct

    • A Positive Approach To Discipline

  • 2


    • Course Survey