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Labour Relations Outlook 2019: Finding Stability in a Shifting Landscape

The Conference Board of Canada, 80 pages, January 18, 2019
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Previously titled the Industrial Relations Outlook, the annual Labour Relations Outlook: Finding Stability in a Shifting Landscape informs labour, management, and policy-makers about issues that will likely influence labour relations and collective bargaining in Canada over the coming year.

Document Highlights

The Outlook is based on The Conference Board of Canada’s economic, compensation, and labour relations research, as well as data and reports from external organizations. The report is distinguished by the contribution of senior labour and management practitioners who offered their considered expert views on the prospects for 2019 in a roundtable discussion convened annually by the Conference Board.

While wages, health and safety, and employment security continue to dominate the conversation, flexibility, transparency, impact from the #MeToo movement, diversity and inclusion, and purposeful work has come to the forefront.

With transitions to new governments across the country and a divisive political climate south of the border, the regulatory environment in Canada has become increasingly complex over the last several years. Combined with the marginal economic growth expected for 2019, both labour leaders and employers have a challenging bargaining year ahead of them.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—The Bargaining Environment

  • Legislative Shifts Across the Country
  • The Importance of Lobbying

Chapter 2—The Economic Outlook

  • The U.S. Outlook
  • The Canadian Outlook
  • Implications for Labour Relations

Chapter 3—The Compensation Outlook

  • Non-Unionized Employees
  • Unionized Employees

Chapter 4—Negotiation Issues

  • Top Issues for Employers
  • Top Issues for Unions
  • The Union-Management Climate
  • Ratification of Collective Agreements

Chapter 5—Labour Relations Roundtable

  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Conclusions

Appendix A—Bibliography

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