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This course provides an overview of union-management relations. This includes a historical perspective on the origins and development of labour unions, including variations in union approaches and philosophies. The instructor then turns to explaining what unions actually do in providing representation services to bargaining unit employees. The reaction and relationship of employers to unions is reviewed next. An overview of how the Labour Relations Code of B.C. regulated union-management relations is presented. The course concludes with a review of the major facets of labour relation, many of which are covered in more detail in the two following courses:

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

    • Overview Of Labour Relations

    • What Is Labour Relations?

    • Where Did Unions Come From?

    • Are There Different Kinds Of Unions?

    • What Do Unions Do?

    • How Does Management Regard Unions?

    • What Is The Labour Relations Code?

    • What Are The Major Facets Of Labour Relations?

  • 2


    • Course Survey