Chapter 1 - Introduction to Labour Relations.pptx - Chapter 1 Introduction to Labour Relations COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

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Websites to Check Out Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations Framework of Fairness Agreement
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The Labour Movement The American labour movement has been characterized as being in a state of crisis and as experiencing a membership decline so severe and continuous that its ability to serve as an economic and political voice for workers is seriously threatened. In contrast, the Canadian labour movement has been described as strong, dynamic, vibrant, and capable of adapting to a threatening environment with great flexibility and pragmatism.
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Debate Over Unions Unionization can significantly affect wages, working conditions and job security of employees. Countries with higher rates of unionization tend to have lower economic inequality. However, some studies indicate that unionized employees have lower job satisfaction than non-union employees. Some argue that reduced job satisfaction are the result of unions stirring up discontent among employees, while others argue, that unions provide a collective voice to express concerns that otherwise remain suppressed. Where do stand on this issue?
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Unions The basic terms of any employment relationship are that workers agree to work under the direction of an employer (with respect to place of work, hours of work, methods of work, etc.) in return for a wage. If it were not for unions, workers would have to negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment (wages, benefits, hours of work, work schedules, conditions of work etc.) as individuals, protected only by minimum legal standards. If it were not for unions, individual workers would be on their own when it comes to dealing with arbitrary and unfair treatment by employers, such as dismissal without just cause, harassment, discrimination in hiring, promotion and layoffs, favouritism by employers and managers in setting, assigning jobs etc.
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Generational Difference Baby boomers, many of whom are now retiring from the workforce, can more easily relate to the success of labour unions in achieving important gains around equal pay for women, combating racial discrimination and improving working conditions. In contrast, many members of the millennial generation hold negative views about the relevance of unions. They have grown up in a society in which many of these battles have already been won and do not see the benefit of joining a union. In fact, seniority rules, created from bargaining agreements that enable access to coveted shifts and vacation time, tend to benefit older workers more than younger members of the workforce.
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Labour Relations It should be noted that collective bargaining and unions do not have the same strength or importance across Canada.
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