Labour and Employment Relations

In a unionized environment, conflicts between employees and managers are addressed through negotiation, discussion, and interpretation of the collective agreement. This course introduces the fundamentals of the union-management relationship with an emphasis on the legal and practical framework in BC. Core topics include employment and labour legislation, the certification process, collective bargaining, interpretation of the collective agreement, and dispute resolution.

Note: This course has been replaced by CHRM270 Employee and Labour Relations in Canada for the Human Resources Management Certificate program.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 11 weeks

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the individual employment contract and relevant employment legislation in Canada
  • Apply bargaining strategies to guide collective agreement negotiations       
  • Analyze the factors that contribute to unionization in the workplace
  • Examine the structure and functions of the labour movement
  • Distinguish the different strategies that encompass the relationship between union and management
  • Examine the available pathways utilized during dispute resolution
  • Assess the various provisions of the B.C. Labour Relations Code and how it governs industrial relations in B.C.

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect readings and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and class discussions

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Participation in online discussions

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation(s):