The Conference Board’s annual Industrial Relations Outlook takes the pulse of industrial relations in Canada. Experts from both union and management are brought together in a roundtable discussion to weigh in on what they think the year ahead will bring.
The Outlook identifies key bargaining issues, and notes where there is consensus and where there are differences among parties. It also provides detailed information on compensation practices and the economic climate in which negotiations will take place—based on leading Conference Board research.
Beyond wages, unions and management will be discussing pensions (both defined benefit and defined contribution), precarious and part-time work, health and safety (including mental health), and potential labour shortages. Unions will also be focusing on building their membership, and will be reaching out to youth, in particular. For management, surviving—and thriving—in a competitive environment is vital.
Current conditions have made for a challenging bargaining environment, and the year ahead promises to be an interesting one.