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TOPIC: Collective bargaining rights and the union movement in Canada


  • Demonstrate leadership in class discussion and small group assignments.
  • Demonstrate respect and value for the diverse viewpoints and experiences in the classroom population.
  • Research an employment issue alleging discrimination and describe how it is handled in Canada and US.
  • Compare HR legislation in Canada and the US and differing effects on managing people.





  • Study Notes Check -- For Final Exam
    Worth 3/5
    Further 2/5 when Study Notes are handed in with Final Exam
    NOTE: Students late for class, unexcused, who have missed the Study Notes check for the Final Exam are ineligible to earn these marks.
  • Focusing Activity
    Think-Pair-Share regarding different experiences and knowledge of global attitudes regarding trade unions.
    To cover as many countries as possible, students from the larger groups (e.g. India and Brazil) will work with partners from other countries.
    In pairs, students will discuss their different experiences of trade unions. Also, students will discuss their knowledge of global attitudes about trade union.
    Then, groups may choose to volunteer to tell the rest of their class what they have discussed regarding personal experiences and global attitudes regarding trade unions.
    The goal of this exercise is to learn the broad range of experiences with collective agreements and attitudes about trade unions around the world.



  • Activity - Comparing US and Canadian union recognition
    Splitting up into groups of 6 students, each group are assigned one (1) article from the Assigned Readings list.
    First, each group will then read and discuss their assigned article.
    Next, each group will prepare a brief presentation to give back to the rest of the class about what they learned from their group-assigned reading.
    Then, each group in turn will have their designated spokesperson present to the class.
  • With the class time remaining, Assignment #2 groups will have time to work on their New Employee Handbook and Career Fair presentation.



  • Card, D. & Freeman, R.B. (1993). Small differences that matter: Labor markets and income maintenance in Canada and the United States.  In Riddell, W.C. (Ed). Unionization in Canada and the United States: A tale of two countries. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • Godard, J. (2013). Labour law and union recognition in Canada: A historical-institutionalist perspective. Queen's Law Journal 38 (2); 391-417.
  • Kochan, T.A., Bamber, G.J. (2010). Industrial relations and collective bargaining. In Wilkinson, A., Bacon, N., Redman, T., & Snell, S. The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management. 308-321.
  • Kumar, P. (1987). Organized Labour in Canada and the United States: Similarities and Differences. Kingson, ON: Industrial Relations Centre.
  • Sack, J. (n.d.). U.S. and Canadian Labour Law: Significant Distinctions.
  • Warner, K. (2012). Protecting fundamental labor rights: Lessons from Canada for the United States. Washington, DC: Center for Economic and Policy Research.