The impact of the pandemic in the bargaining environment.
How do you bargain during a pandemic? And what are others doing? This outlook
informs labour leaders, management, and policy-makers about 2021’s unique negotiating environment and the issues
that will shape it.
Our Labour Relations Outlook will be released in two parts this year—a
Conference Board first.
Part 1 provides an overview of the collective bargaining conditions that unions and
employers can expect to face, as well as the data needed to help inform your negotiating decisions. It also delves
into key issues such as the economic impact of COVID-19, compensation plans for 2021, the union–management
climate, ratifications, and work stoppage expectations—all of which will influence labour relations and collective
bargaining in Canada over the coming year.
Part 2, a separate publication, encompasses interviews from management and labour
leaders. It walks through the pervasive impacts of the pandemic on bargaining, discusses how organizations have
pivoted, and shares insights on the top priorities heading into 2021.