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Industrial Relations in Canada, 4th Edition

By Robert Hebdon, Travor Brown, Scott Walsworth
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ISBN-10: 0176891706
ISBN-13: 9780176891701
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 4th

The fourth edition of Industrial Relations in Canada examines the three groups at the heart of this human resources management field—labour (employees and their associations), management (employers and their associations), and government and associated agencies—and the current challenges facing all three. A new author joins this fourth edition, bringing new perspectives and further balancing the text’s coverage of both union and management perspectives, as all authors have been practitioners in the field. Part of the Nelson Education Series in Human Resources Management and built on a solid academic foundation, this textbook provides a comprehensive overview of industrial relations that will have students excited about this changing field.


  • *NEW* More than half of the chapter-opening vignettes are new.
  • *NEW* Statistics and information related to strikes, union membership, trends, etc., have been updated throughout.
  • Each chapter opens with a vignette to introduce the topic of the chapter.
  • "IR Today" and "IR Notebook" boxes found throughout the text are concerned with authentic IR issues and include examples, many from Canadian organizations.
  • End-of-chapter resources include a Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Exercises, Case and References.
  • Collective bargaining activities and arbitration cases are included throughout and provide students insight into the topic from a practitioner's perspective.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Labour History
  • Chapter 3: Economic, Social, and Political Environments
  • Chapter 4: The Legal Environment
  • Chapter 5: The Union Perspective
  • Chapter 6: The Management Perspective
  • Chapter 7: Negotiations
  • Chapter 8: Collective Agreement Administration
  • Chapter 9: Conflict Resolution: Grievances and Strikes
  • Chapter 10: Third-Party Dispute Resolution Procedures
  • Chapter 11: Impacts of Unionization
  • Chapter 12: Public-Sector Issues
  • Appendix A: Collective Bargaining Simulation: Coastal Crops Ltd. (CCL)
  • Appendix B: Collective Bargaining Simulation: Two Tier Contract at Community Grocery
  • Appendix C: Arbitration: The Case of Robyn Andrews

Author Information

Robert Hebdon

Professor Bob Hebdon joined McGill University's Faculty of Management in 2000. After graduating from the University of Toronto with an M.A. in economics in 1968, he worked for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union for 24 years. He completed his Ph.D. in industrial relations at the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto in 1992. His academic career began at Cornell University, where he taught collective bargaining for seven years at the School of Industrial Relations. In 1999 he taught at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Management. Professor Hebdon also has experience as a neutral in labour–management relations acting as an arbitrator in Ontario. He won the 2007 Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement and his significant service to the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. His research interests include public-sector labour relations and restructuring, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, and industrial conflict. He has published in a wide variety of major journals including American Economic Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Berkeley Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Relations industrielles, Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector, Labor Studies Journal, and Arbitration Yearbook.

Travor Brown

Dr. Brown's research interests include social cognitive theory, goal setting theory, training and development, transfer of training, team development, and performance management in unionized and non-unionized organizations. His work has been published in Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management Education, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, Human Resources Development Quarterly, and Small Group Research. He currently holds a 3-year SSHRC grant that examines goal setting and social cognitive-theory training interventions. Between his Masters and his Ph.D., Dr. Brown was employed with Nortel Networks and Abitibi-Price. From this, he gained extensive professional experience in Canada and the United States in the area of training and development, employee and labour relations, compensation, team-based organizations, and diversity management. This 'real world' experience continues today as Dr. Brown regularly provides consulting services to a number of private, public and non-profit organizations. Dr. Brown has a BA from Memorial University, a Masters of Industrial Relations (University of Toronto) and a PhD (University of Toronto).

Scott Walsworth

Dr. Walsworth is an Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan and an active labour arbitrator. Before joining the University in 2007, he completed a Ph.D. and a Master's degree (2003) in Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. A sucker for punishment, he recently returned to school to complete a Master's of Law (LLM) in employment and labour law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is the Academic Director of the Labour-Management Relations Certificate Program, past president of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), and the director of the Saskatoon chapter of the CIRA. In 2019, he began a four-year term as the chair of the Educational Relations Board, a position created by the Saskatchewan Education Act to oversee labour relations between the province and its 17,000 teachers. He was named the principal investigator on a prestigious three year standard research grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). With these funds, he investigated how, and under what circumstances unions affect management decisions and firm outcomes, such as innovation, profits, and employment growth. His work has been published in a number of top journals, including Industrial Relations (Berkeley), Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Dr. Walsworth teaches courses on human resources, industrial relations, and labour and employment law. He has a lovely wife and four exhausting and awesome sons.